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Do You Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?

Saturday May 31, 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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Online Recovery a Safe First Choice for Some

Friday May 30, 2014
There are many reasons that people choose to participate in online recovery groups and meetings, but probably the most common one is that it is provides a level of anonymity that going to a live, face-to-face meeting cannot guarantee. Read More...

How Alcohol Affects the Fetal Brain

Thursday May 29, 2014
Drinking during pregnancy has long been known to cause some children to develop fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but little was known about how alcohol affected the fetal brain. Now with new MRI imaging technology, scientists have been able to pinpoint exactly what happens to the brains of children with FAS. Read more...

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Drugged Driving Dangers

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Driving while under the influence of drugs is dangerous, and it doesn't not matter if the driver is doing illegal drugs, abusing prescription drugs or taking some drugs exactly as prescribed. There is a reason for those warning labels on many medications about not operating machinery while taking the drug. Some drugs can affect your driving skills. Read more...

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Helping a Victim of Domestic Abuse

Tuesday May 27, 2014
If you know someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, you may be reluctant to get involved, or you may hesitate to reach out because you don't know what to say. Here are some tips for trying to help someone who is a victim of domestic violence. Read more...

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Binge Drinking and Song Lyrics

Thursday May 22, 2014
Parents concerned that their children may start drinking early in life, might need to pay attention to the music their teens are listening to. Not only does popular music bombard kids with the mention of alcohol brand names, those lyrics have an affect on whether teen decide to start drinking or not, researchers say. Read more...

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Cost-Free Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs

Wednesday May 21, 2014
We receive many emails that read like this: "My husband lost his job and started drinking heavily and now he wants to get help to quit drinking. But we have little money and no insurance. What can we do?" Actually, there are several rehab and treatment options that cost absolutely nothing. Read more...

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Alcohol Dependence: Not Being Able to Quit

Monday May 19, 2014
When someone repeatedly tries to quit drinking alcohol, but finds that he cannot simply stop, that is usually considered a good sign that their drinking has reached the level of alcohol dependence. A visitor to our Alcoholism / Substance Abuse Forum describes what it's like to want to quit, but just not being able to do so on your own. Read more...

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Smoked Marijuana Is Not Medicine

Thursday May 15, 2014
Many people are under the assumption that somewhere along the way, smoking marijuana must have been approved for medical purposes to treat some diseases and conditions. The truth is, the only approval the drug has received for any medical use at all has been at the ballot box. Smoked marijuana does much more harm than it does good, health officials agree. Read more...

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Occcasional Drug Use Is Not Safe

Wednesday May 14, 2014
Some teens have gotten the idea that abusine drugs is okay as long as you do it "every once and a while." What they fail to understand is that if you have a adverse reaction to a drug, it's probably going to happen the very first time you use it. Or you could have a reaction based on some else being in your system at the same time. Read more...

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