24 04, 2017

16 Facts about Cocaine Use in Washington State

April 24th, 2017|Addiction Information, Drug Trends|0 Comments

In WA State, cocaine use has been on a steady decline. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Primary cocaine treatment admissions continued to slowly decline for most age groups in the first half of 2013, compared with previous reporting periods. For example, the proportion of primary cocaine admissions in the 30–44 age group declined from 11 percent [...]

22 04, 2017

Suicide and Substance Abuse: How Closely Are They Tied Together?

April 22nd, 2017|Addiction Information, Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders|0 Comments

With addiction, there’s always the risk of possible overdose or injury. What is sometimes overlooked is an underlying issue, and in some cases it is related to mental illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die from suicide annually, or 1 person every 13 minutes. This exceeds the [...]

20 04, 2017

Are There Dietary Changes that Support Sobriety?

April 20th, 2017|Recovery|0 Comments

At the height of their addiction, a person may be consuming upwards of half their caloric needs in alcohol alone. This can lead to malnutrition, excessive weight gain, or excessive weight loss. For drug abusers, their prioritizing of drug use may lead to skipped meals. Nutrition becomes an afterthought to an addict. It can also lead to disordered eating such [...]

18 04, 2017

Drinking on Campus: Stats and Facts About Alcohol Use at WA State Universities

April 18th, 2017|Alcohol Addiction|0 Comments

College years are universally deemed as a time of personal exploration for young adults. The transition away from family life in the home to living alone on or off campus is a big one. Students in Washington state universities will meet new people, join larger social groups and may even become a part of a sorority or fraternity. During this [...]

16 04, 2017

Internet Addiction: A Quiet But Common Form of Compulsive Disorder

April 16th, 2017|Addiction Information, Internet Addiction|0 Comments

Internet addiction has many names: compulsive Internet use (CIU), problematic computer use or Internet addiction disorder. The DSM-5 calls this disorder “Gaming Disorder” when describing this particular set of symptoms. It is generally described as an “impulse use disorder,” that is very similar to gambling disorder. Just like substance abuse disorder, it can affect home life, relationships, work, academics and [...]

14 04, 2017

New Approaches Hold Promise of Treating Addiction

April 14th, 2017|Addiction Information|0 Comments

Technology is changing the way we look at drug and alcohol abuse. Long gone are the days of seeing addiction as a weakness of willpower or laziness. It’s about the drug and the addiction, not about willpower. Long term use of drugs and alcohol changes brain structure - damaging and changing neurons until recovery is not possible without extreme measures. [...]

12 04, 2017

Men in the U.S at High Risk for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues

April 12th, 2017|Addiction & Relationships, Addiction Information|0 Comments

In recent years, there has been much more awareness of the differences between men and women with substance abuse disorders. In the past, most research concerned men more than women. In the clinical sector, 40% of treatment centers are now offering treatment facilities that are tailored to the sexes separately. Men Vs. Women: the Main Differences in Substance Abuse Currently, [...]

10 04, 2017

Painkillers: How Tolerance Turns into Addiction

April 10th, 2017|Addiction Information|0 Comments

An unfortunate trend has been plaguing the United States for nearly 20 years: painkiller addiction. It’s taking the lives of teenagers and adults alike, and it is contributing to the growing population of middle-aged adults who are dying. It’s estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people worldwide are addicted to prescription opioids. According to the Center for Disease [...]

8 04, 2017

The Addictive Cycle: Recognize the Pattern of Addiction

April 8th, 2017|Addiction & Relationships, Addiction Information, Recovery|0 Comments

Are you or is someone you love struggling with addiction? Like addictions to food, sex or gambling - saying “no” is not as easy as doing just that. Saying “no” has to start with changing the way you react to the situations that trigger your addiction. It’s about looking at the world differently. Doing that requires detox, rehabilitation and extensive [...]

6 04, 2017

Can You Get a DUI When You’re High on Marijuana in WA State?

April 6th, 2017|Addiction Information, Drug Trends, DUI|0 Comments

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are interchangeable terms in the eye of the law. When Washington State legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012 along with Colorado, it became one of two states in the U.S. to decriminalize adult possession, pass laws regulating marijuana sale, and enforce taxes on marijuana. The first retail stores in Washington [...]

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