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Victims of social anxiety disorder (SAD) are exceptionally vulnerable to substance abuse problems. Studies have revealed that up to 20%nof all SAD sufferers have struggled with alcohol abuse issues, and drug abuse rates among the socially anxious are also disturbingly common.

A retired airline pilot. A teacher’s aide. An executive. An attorney. A plumber. A grandmother who provides childcare for her grandchildren. What do all of these people from divergent walks of life have in common? They are all over 50, facing addiction and have engaged in treatment. Each sought recovery for various reasons, which included […]

Mayhem. Chaos. Conflict. Confusion. Destruction. Dysfunction. All of these are words to describe the experience of addiction. Each is attached to an experience of placing a substance or behavior in front of health, relationships, finances, career and freedom. At the root of addiction, according to Alcoholics Anonymous, is self-centeredness.

In social situations, some people use alcohol as “liquid courage” to help them overcome the anxiety of interacting with others. This practice is relatively common because, in the short-term, drinking can help reduce your inhibitions and make you feel more relaxed. However, alcohol can’t touch the actual source of the anxiety you experience. In addition, […]

Pennsylvania is known as one of the hotbeds of America’s opioid problem, deemed by the state’s drug and alcohol secretary as “the worst overdose crisis in the history of humanity.” And with rates of heroin use among Pennsylvanian women more than doubling between 2002 and 2014, it’s not surprising that the terrors of the opioid […]

Methcathinone, also known as cat, Charlie or Jeff, is both a natural substance and one that can be created synthetically. It is related to the drugs called bath salts as well as to amphetamine and methamphetamine. It is a dangerous and harmful stimulant. Methcathinone side effects can be painful and lasting, and abuse of this […]

It’s hard to watch a loved one suffer from drug abuse. Their drug of choice provides an escape from reality and a dizzying high that can’t be found in day-to-day life. Why would a drug abuser want to stop feeling so good?

The effects of parent drug use on ages 6 to 12 and on children even younger are detrimental and lasting. Young children with parents using drugs may experience traumas including abuse or neglect. They may see things that traumatize them or that are hard to understand. They may feel unloved, hurt and frightened. Traumatic events, […]

With medicinal marijuana legal in 25 states and recreational marijuana legal in four plus the District of Columbia, pot is becoming more and more mainstream. Entrepreneurs are now making the drug available in more than just blunts, bongs and brownies. Below, we take a look at some unusual cannabis products you may not yet know about.

Pregabalin is the generic name for the brand-name drug Lyrica. This medication is a Schedule V controlled substance, which means that it presents a low risk for abuse. This doesn’t mean that there is no risk for abuse, however, and Lyrica drug abuse does happen. If you have been prescribed pregabalin or Lyrica, you need […]