Substance Abuse

Drug Taking Behaviors: Time to Act

Changes Brought on through Substance Abuse Drugs change a person psychologically, emotionally and physically. Some changes can be difficult to notice, others appear very soon. Significant behavioral changes as the body reacts to the appearance of the drug are often the first sign of substance abuse. Some people may begin spending time with new friends who also take drugs, avoid…
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Accidents and Substance Abuse:

Accidents are the result of risky behavior and hazardous environments. Inattention, lack of concentration, over confidence, laziness and fearlessness all contribute to accidents. Involvement in an accident can cause serious injury and death in some cases, both to the person causing the incident or those around the accident. Accidents are considered avoidable if circumstances contributing or leading up to the…
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Ritalin Abuse: A Thriller Killer

Ritalin is the retail name for the chemical, methylphenidate, a legally approved stimulant which is used to enhance a patient’s alertness, help deal with fatigue and enhance the attention span. It is also sold under the brands Concerta and Methylin. With structural similarities to amphetamine (speed), methylphenidate works by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine levels within the brain. This causes pharmaceutical…
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Addiction and Willpower: A Mystery Unfolds

Drug or alcohol addiction is a primary, chronic disease that is defined as the repeated use of substances that alters brain reward, motivation, memory and related functions. Significant biological, psychological, social and spiritual changes occur through substance addiction which can make a person pursue reward in substances rather than other behaviors, activities or relationships. An addiction is characterized by an impairment in behavioral…
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