Increasing rates of amphetamine and cocaine usage by young adults significantly boost their risk of stroke, with amphetamine abuse associated with the greatest risk, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report.
In the study, available online in the Archives of General Psychiatry, UT Southwestern physicians examined more than 8,300 stroke patients – ranging in age from 18 to 44 – at more than 500 Texas hospitals in the years 2000 through 2003.
Many patients with substance abuse problems and their loved ones, often question if their health plan covers a drug rehab treatment. Many employers today, who provide healthcare coverage for their employees and their dependents, often opt for an additional substance abuse coverage. Although, the coverage may be optional for some companies, others are encouraged through their health administration to include what is called “Behavioral Health Services” as a part of their health care benefits.
The employees are encouraged to contact their behavioral health services if they struggle with any type of substance abuse or addiction problem. The services are usually are confidential. However, if the treatment is required for the employee to stay in the drug or alcohol rehab facility, the employer is notified. After an employee completes the treatment, he or she may be allowed to come back to work. Read more
Many mothers may be in denial about their teen’s drug abuse problem. They may feel that this is a phase their child goes through, and that it will go away with time. Some mothers admit to the unwillingness to face the problem. Rather than follow facts and suspicions of drug abuse, these loving moms are refusing to accept the possibility that their teen is using drugs or may even become and addict.
So often, without even knowing, the mothers become enablers to their children’s drug abuse problems. An enabler is a loved one who intentionally or unintentionally assists an addict in continuing their drug or alcohol use by engaging in behaviors that they mistakenly think will help the person. Read more
Addiction can happen at any age, but unfortunately it often happens amongst young persons. Is your teen has tested negative for drugs?
That means there were no detectible traces of specific drugs the lab was looking for. However, that doesn’t mean that your young teen doesn’t use drugs. Different drug tests provide different results. If your child continues to use drugs despite harmful consequences, he or she may be addicted.
If the person using illegal drugs or misusing prescription drugs -it can result in unsafe car driving. It is similar to driving while under influence of alcohol. Driving after abusing drugs may cause serious physical damages for the driver as well as for the passengers. In some cases drugged driving can lead to death.
Drunk or drugged driving is very dangerous! Every drug produces different effects in the brain. Some drugs (like marijuana) may decrease a reaction time, impair judgment, and slow your motor coordination. Other drugs (like meth or cocaine) cause the driver to be aggressive and reckless while driving. In addition, certain prescription sedatives can cause dizziness and drowsiness, which can lead to unsafe driving and potential accident. Read more