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Do You Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?

Friday April 18, 2014
Alcohol and drug use can progress into abuse and even addiction so insidiously that sometimes people do not realize that it has become a problem for them and those around them. The following self-assessment tests can help you determine whether or not it may be time to get help. Questions for Families:

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Even Casual Marijuana Use Changes the Brain

Thursday April 17, 2014
Many marijuana users, and even some health officials, believed that casual, occasional use of marijuana is not a problem as long at is doesn't affect work or school, but a new study has found that even smoking one joint a week can caused changes in two key regions in the brain. The more the person smokes, the greater the abnormalities appear on MRI images. Read more...

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Do You Know a Functional Alcoholic?

Wednesday April 16, 2014
They rarely miss work and other obligations because of their drinking, although it does happen occasionally, and they usually excel at their jobs and careers. Typically, they are clever and witty individuals who are successful in many areas of their lives. But they drink at levels that would incapacitate most people. Read more...

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How Parental Alcoholism Effects Children

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Many alcoholics and addicts cling to the belief that they are not hurting anyone but themselves with their addictive behavior. But research and anecdotal evidence shows that isn't true. If you think your addiction is not affecting anyone else, read what the children say about that. Read more...

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National Alcohol Screening Day

Thursday April 10, 2014
Today is National Alcohol Screening Day, a part of Alcohol Awareness Month. This year's focus is on stress and drinking. Do you or someone you know have a drinking problem? How does their drinking stack up to "normal" or the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption? Answer these 20 questions to help determine if their drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful.

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FAQ: Cocaine and Crack

Wednesday April 9, 2014
What are the medical complications of cocaine abuse? What are the long-term effects? Are cocaine abusers at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C? What treatments are effective for cocaine abusers? Find the answers to these and other frequently asked questions about cocaine use. Read more...

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FDA Approves Overdose Device

Tuesday April 8, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medical device that can be used by family members and caregivers to automatically inject an antidote which reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Marketed under the tradename Evzio, the device could become to heroin and prescription drug overdose victims what the EpiPen is to those with severe allergies.

The device was approved by the FDA in only 15 weeks under Fast Track status as a response to reported increases in overdose deaths around the country. Read More...

Alcohol Awareness: Keeping Prom Night Safe

Thursday April 3, 2014
One of the reasons Alcohol Awareness Month is held in April is because it is the beginning of the prom and graduation season, a time when celebrations can turn dangerous for underage drinkers. Many communities conduct anti-drinking campaigns during the month aimed at curtailing alcohol use before, during and after the special events. Read More...

Alcohol Awareness: Types of Alcohol Problems

Wednesday April 2, 2014
You don't have to be a full-blown alcoholic to experience problems with alcohol consumption. You don't have to be a daily drinker to have a problem with alcohol. And you do not have to drink a large amount of alcohol to be drinking at potentially harmful levels.

There are many different levels drinkers and almost as many types of alcohol abuse problems. Read More...

Alcohol Awareness Is For All Ages

Tuesday April 1, 2014
Many of the efforts associated with Alcohol Awareness Month each April are targeted at preventing underage drinking, especially during the prom and graduation celebration season. But there are other groups that are also practicing harmful alcohol consumption but may not be aware of the risks. Read More...
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