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Drug Addiction & Society: A Growing Phenomenon

According to the results of the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 15.9 million Americans aged twelve or older reported having used an illicit drug in the month prior to the survey, representing an overall increase of 0.8% from the previous year. Of those surveyed, drug use increased amongst youths aged 12 to 17-years from 9.7% to 10.8% and amongst young adults aged 18 to 25-years from 15.9% to 18.8%.

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Identifying an Addict

No one sets out to develop a drug dependency problem and by the time it has occurred, the addict herself may not even realize that there is a problem.

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Intervention: What Can You Do To Help?

As family and friends watch their loved one’s life spinning out of control due to a struggle with drug addiction and fear that their dependency might eventually prove fatal, the question that is often asked is, “What can I do to help?”.

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The Dangers of Drug Use: Side Effects of Commonly Used Drugs

Although not classified as a disease, substance abuse is a very destructive addiction that all too often ruins lives. Unfortunately, despite the risks associated with drug use, large numbers of individuals continue to experiment and regularly use one or several forms of dangerous substances.

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Home Drug Testing Kits

There are plenty of home drug testing kits available on the market to choose from. Test kits range from one to five panels. These panels each symbolize a substance one can be tested for. The one panel tests are for one substance specifically.

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How to Choose a Drug Rehabilitation Center

Choosing a rehabilitation centre for yourself or loved one can be a daunting task and many people may be unaware of what they should be looking for. Because there is such a wide variety of programs and treatment facilities out there, asking the right questions becomes an essential part of choosing the right rehabilitation centre to fit your individual and family needs.

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How to Find a Drug Rehab Center: Taking the Guesswork Out of a Hard Choice

You are not alone; many people do not know how to find a drug rehab center, or what to look for in their search .  It is important to make the right decision.

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Short Term Treatment Programs

The first stage in any treatment program, short-term or long-term, is for the patient to break free of their drug dependency through a process of detoxification.

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Long Term Treatment Programs

In terms of successful drug rehabilitation programs, it is generally acknowledged among healthcare professionals that the more treatment a patient receives, the better.

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Drug Rehabilitation Center Directory

The first step to drug rehabilitation is for an addict to recognize and admit to having a drug problem. The second step is to find a treatment center where he or she will learn how to cope with their addiction and how to live each day without a fix.

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Stages of Addiction

While there is no absolute scientific formula for identifying when an individual’s drug consumption has developed into a full-blown addiction problem, most rehabilitation counselors agree that there are four distinct stages of drug use that may lead to addiction.

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Coping with Drug Addiction

We use drugs because they help us cope. Whether the problem is shyness, lack of confidence, wanting to feel calmer or, wanting to feel more energetic, etc., a drug that helps us overcome such problems is likely to be perceived as extremely valuable.

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Successful Reintegration Into Society

The goal of a successful drug rehab program is not only to help an individual understand why they use drugs and why their life will be better without drugs, but also to offer the individual the necessary tools to continue to remain drug-free once they have completed the rehab program and have re-entered into society.

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Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

Every drug has its own particular withdrawal symptoms and treatment. Most rehabilitation centers are equipped to deal with most, if not all, types of addictions.

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Relapse

A life of healthy, sober living does not simply begin once treatment has stopped.

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Tips On Staying Sober

One of the most important tips on remaining sober after completing any rehabilitation program is to maintain a strong network of support. Support can come from family, friends, therapists, drug counselors, other recovering addicts or any combination thereof.

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Drug Use Statistics in Canada and the US - Trends and Dangers

Drug use is a topic of great concern in both Canada and the United States; each year, injuries, illness and deaths related to drug use costs Canadians millions in health care dollars.

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Alcohol Abuse Symptoms and Signs

Alcohol abuse is not to be confused with alcoholism. Those who abuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to alcohol; however, prolonged excessive use could eventually lead to alcoholism. Alcohol abusers do not possess a dependence on alcohol, but usually drink more than is considered healthy.

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Crystal Methamphetamine - The New Drug of Choice

Crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, crank, glass and shards, is today’s street drug of choice. A popular stimulant among club-goers, it induces a long-lasting and euphoric high, preceded by a very intense low.

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How to Plan a Drug Intervention

It is very difficult to watch someone you love destroy their life with drugs. It is common to feel powerless and unable to help, but even someone who appears to have hit rock bottom from drug use can be reached.

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