Life in recovery is not easy, but full of challenges. One of the major concerns faced by many people in recovery is fear of socializing. Rebuilding life after quitting substances is not a cakewalk. Interacting with people on various platforms, both personally and professionally, can get so overwhelming that it might lead to a relapse. Therefore, one must be prepared in advance about the social anxiety issues one might have to deal with in sober life. And in such a state, the very thought of reaching for a small drink or pill can sabotage one’s recovery in a big way. Continue reading
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Adolescence is a phase when the human body goes through a lot of changes. Involving a lot of critical developments, both physical and mental, it shapes the life of the individual. Ironically, it is also an age when the teens love to try new things or start using one substance or the other to overcome the challenges posed by bodily changes or under peer pressure. The early initiation of drug use potentially augments the risk of developing substance use disorders (SUDs) by interfering with the ongoing neurodevelopment that brings about unfavorable neurobiological changes. That’s the reason, teenage paves the way for SUDs for many. Continue reading
In the 1930s, anabolic steroids were primarily used for treating a condition called hypogonadism, a state when the testes are not able to produce the requisite testosterone for normal body growth, development, and sexual functioning. They were also used as an effective solution for male impotence, delayed puberty, and wasting of the body as seen in people afflicted with the deadly HIV. Continue reading
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the new Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is all prepared to take effective measures to control the opioid epidemic. In an email sent to all of his colleagues in May 2017, he chalks out the immediate steps to achieve the goal of public health. He affirms that FDA will continue to play an important role in addressing the crisis of opioid addiction and bringing a significant reduction in the number of new cases is their immediate priority. Continue reading
The human brain takes about 25 years to develop fully. In view of this fact the brain of a teenager is considered as “work-in-progress” that is likely to witness many developmental changes to function in an ideal manner.
As the bulk of the changes take place during adolescence, one witnesses a sudden growth in the unpredictable and reckless behavior that is a constant companion of the adolescent years. With the consistent development of different parts of the brain, the neural connections are strengthened only with the passage of time. Continue reading
Holidays are also the times to rejoice with family – spending quality time with the loved ones over sumptuous meals, dancing, sharing gifts and making memories that can help a person navigate through times when one feels alone and deprived. However, for some families, holidays are dreadful times if a loved one is engaged in a serious addiction or recovery. Some families are reluctant in inviting a loved one during this season for fear of enabling or witnessing an addiction and dealing with its aftermath. This attitude, however, can backfire as an uninvited person might feel left out and dejected and these negative feelings can trigger a relapse or even worsen an ongoing addiction. Continue reading
Some of the common tips that pregnant mothers often hear include avoiding drinking, staying away from substance and taking enough rest. However, despite all “dos and don’ts,” pregnant females often switch to substances like alcohol or other hard drugs in order to get rid of their nervousness and jitters experienced during pregnancy. Continue reading
With the rapid spread of the opioid epidemic in the United States, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of babies gripped by it. Children born with opioid withdrawal suffer from serious health issues, such as breathing problems, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, rashes, etc. Also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), the devastating symptoms are a result of opioid use by mothers during their pregnancy. Continue reading
Occasional outburst of anger or display of aggressive behavior in response to certain situations may be a normal human trait but repeated occurrence of the same may indicate aggression disorder. Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an aggression disorder involving “several discrete episodes of failure to resist aggressive impulses that result in serious assaultive acts or destruction of property,” as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. Patients with IED find it difficult to control their impulses and tend to violate social norms and rights of others with their hostility. Continue reading
The illicit manufacturing of a number of drugs that incite euphoric effects has grown manifold. Such drugs, however, are also responsible for the growing assaults, both sexually and physically. In the recent times, there has been a rising trend of discreetly spiking one’s drink with certain drugs classified as “date rape drugs” or “club drugs” to gain unsolicited sexual pleasures. This has, in turn, resulted in an unimaginable rise in rapes. Continue reading