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Addicted to Pain Pills? What You Must Know Before You Even Attempt to Quit Pain Pills

Pain pill addiction - it stole years of my life. Can you relate? Not too long ago, I was emotionally and physically addicted to pain pills. Although I considered myself a recreational user, my "recreational" use had gotten to the point where I wanted to "recreate" every single day. I loved those drugs more than anything else. I almost ruined my life in my frenzy to keep up a steady supply. Opiate pain pills had become my best friend, my constant companion, and my partner in crime. (Vicodin was my drug of choice.) (Worst embarrassing memory about my addiction: the doc at the ER told me to never darken their doorstep again, after my 20th visit there.

Average UK Drinker Thinks A Unit Of Wine Is Twice What It Actually Is

People drinking spirits at home in England are giving themselves more than double (128% extra) what they would get in a pub if they ordered a single shot according to new figures revealed today by the Know Your Limits campaign. A series of experiments across England found that the average 'home barman' pours themselves 57ml when they drink a spirit such as vodka, gin or whisky - 32ml more than a standard single 25ml measure. If that average English drinker knocked back eight spirits drinks over a week at home, they would be drinking nearly half a litre (456ml) of vodka, gin or whisky, compared to 200ml if they'd ordered the same number of single measures in a pub or bar.

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Do You Think When You Drink?

Most people are now familiar that mild to moderate consumption of red wine reduces the risk of heart disease. This article will explore the risks as well as the benefits of drinking wine and alcohol, a topic which I feel is important to raise with patients I see in the clinic, particularly those with ongoing health challenges. You will have heard by now of the ironic discovery in the 70's called the "French paradox", which established that although many French people smoke cigarettes and eat a diet high in saturated fats such as butter; they are still half as likely to die from cardiovascular disease than people in many other countries. Years of research collectively involving more than 750, 000 men and women has shown that drinking one to two glasses of red wine daily lowers the risk of heart disease, heart attack and cardiovascular related deaths by up to 30 to 40 per cent.

Harnessing Ambivalence to Unleash Motivation - Motivational Interviewing With Substance Abusers

Caught in the ambivalence trap of making a tough personal change? Do the contradictory feelings of: I want to... I don't want to... sound familiar? Don't feel bad-you're not alone. Feeling 100% about something important is the exception, not the norm. Sometimes the ambivalence is never resolved, but when it is, the results are magic. Like flipping a switch, what seemed nearly impossible just falls into place. The pounds start dropping off, the cravings for nicotine seem manageable, the recovery program for alcohol and drug addiction starts to make sense. Is it possible to resolve ambivalence in just one interview? William R. Miller, Ph.

3 Easy Ways to Drug Test For Marijuana Among Other Drugs At Home

Marijuana is one of the most easily available drugs these days and a marijuana drug test that can be done at home is one of the best and easiest ways that can be used to confirm the presence of drugs in the system. The home drug test specimen that is used can be saliva, urine or hair-based, depending on the specific test that you have chosen. Depending on the type of sample that is chosen for testing, the results of the test can be known within minutes or days. In addition to that, different samples can form the basis of accurate drug testing for a specific period of time. This means that a marijuana drug test should be chosen based on the time period that you suspect for consumption.

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Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug? 5 Answers

Drug addiction doesn't just suddenly occur one day. Conditions predispose a person to addiction, and circumstances allow drug addiction to continue. For example, a person who is bored, stressed or depressed may look for solutions to alleviate that boredom, stress or depression. For them, if it's accessible, marijuana may be the solution. Some say marijuana opens the door to other, more harmful drugs, and in that way marijuana itself is highly dangerous. Is marijuana in fact a 'gateway' to other drugs? Here are five answers to that question from experts in the field of drug addiction, substance abuse and treatment. YES. According to a recent study by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, there was a pronounced difference in future drug use between kids who used marijuana and those who did not.

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