College is a stressful time for students. Balancing the rigors of studying and coursework with the social and financial demands of college life can be particularly challenging. Some students try to deal with these challenges by taking amphetamines or stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin, thinking it will improve their focus and academic performance or allow them to stay awake and alert late into the night to study, work or party. While Adderall has proven benefits for individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), taking amphetamines for nonmedical or non-prescribed purposes can be extremely dangerous and even deadly.
In our most recent poll, we asked readers if there is a difference between an opioid and an opiate. Approximately 65 percent of people responded with the correct answer: yes. But, do you know what that difference is?
This month, we asked our readers whether it is true or false that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a medically recognized treatment for alcoholism. By a narrow majority, most respondents knew the right answer. Do you?
For over 30 years, programs like Scared Straight and juvenile boot camps for teens have been used as a way to try and help troubled youth. These programs utilize different methods that revolve around the same basic principle: that instilling a sense of consequence, discipline, fear, and pro-social behaviors in teens struggling with behavioral issues and substance problems will provide them with healthier, more structured lives, and deter them from committing crimes.
“Kids are Dying,” a documentary-style film, provides an up close look at the growing heroin epidemic in New Jersey. The film tackles this timely and relevant issue in the wake of many states, including New Jersey, declaring a state of emergency in response to the widespread increase in opioid addiction and overdose.
Medications prescribed by a doctor are an effective, potentially lifesaving, treatment for opioid addiction. These medications reduce drug use and help keep people in treatment longer. In fact, studies show that combining medication with therapy yields the best results for opioid addiction.
Addiction is a complex, often chronic brain disease for which there is currently no cure. There is always a risk of relapse, similar to other chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Some may view this as discouraging and think, “If there is no cure, what is the point of getting treatment?” Though the thought of dealing with a life-long disease can be daunting, it is possible to live a healthy life with proper care.
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