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Don’t rush to flush: Safely dispose of leftover medications
  Don’t rush to flush: Safely dispose of leftover medications

There are approximately 67,000 pharmacies located in the United States, and nearly 70 percent of all Americans take at least one prescription medication on a daily basis. Prescription drugs are a billion dollar industry and can cause serious side effects including addiction. The process of obtaining a prescription medication is not difficult; people can pick […]

'Butt chugging' is a rare – but dangerous – trend
  ‘Butt chugging’ is a rare – but dangerous – trend

“Butt chugging” is the slang term for ingesting alcohol via the anus. Generally, it’s done via an enema or a funnel. There’s also a related activity involving alcohol-soaked tampons called “slimming.” Interestingly, it might not even be a particularly new phenomenon. If you’re still reading, you’re probably wondering why anyone would do this. Well, the […]

When conventional treatment falls short of treating dual diagnosis
  When conventional treatment falls short of treating dual diagnosis

A dual diagnosis of co-occurring behavioral health conditions has been described as having the worst of both worlds. The symptoms of both disorders can become comorbid and intertwine, causing relapse if both disorders are not fully treated at the same time. Unfortunately, in this nefarious chicken-or-the-egg scenario, conventional treatment is insufficient to address issues, leading […]

What to do about your family's addiction genes
  What to do about your family’s addiction genes

“Many children of addicts live against the grain of that upbringing, swearing off any substances that could be abused,” writes Robert Yagoda in his article on U.S. News & World Report. But is this avoidance a practical measure in the face of a truly heightened risk of addiction or is it an unnecessary reaction? “That […]

Three types of childhood adverse experiences associated with substance abuse
  Three types of childhood adverse experiences associated with substance abuse

Positive and negative childhood experiences have a life-long impact on children’s physical and mental well-being. On one hand, young people who experience a safe, nurturing home environment and loving relationships early in life are more likely to thrive, reach their full potential and develop the skills they need to be successful throughout their lives. Unfortunately, […]

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