Locating Resources to Help Young People Get Clean

By the time a young person reaches the point of requiring professional help for substance abuse, it is no longer useful to ask what could have been done to prevent the problem from happening. Instead, it’s time to find a way to help the individual overcome his or her substance abuse problems once and for all. Where parents are concerned, it is a matter of locating the right resources that will help a young person get clean. The first thing parents need to understand is that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for every kid. Every human being is different. Every...

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Why Are so Many Creative People Linked to Drug Use?

Peaches Geldof, Amy Winehouse, Philip Seymour Hoffman – three incredibly creative people who died at the hands of drug overdose. But why? What is it about drugs and alcohol that seem to attract artists of all kinds? Why are so many creative people linked to drug use? Throughout history there have been many famously creative individuals linked to substance abuse of some sort. For example, author Ernest Hemingway was a noted alcoholic for most of his adult life. Other notable substance abusers include Beethoven, actress Edie Falco, actor Johnny Depp, and late comedian Robin Williams. Some suggest that creative people...

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Study Reveals Different Attitudes about Alcohol and Cannabis

A study among US teens regarding alcohol and cannabis use shows differing attitudes relating to the negative effects of both. The study, which was conducted by researchers at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, seems to indicate that teens do not believe that marijuana use is as dangerous as alcohol use. What makes this particular study different is that researchers did not survey students about both substances simultaneously. One group was surveyed about alcohol, the other about cannabis. The same questions were asked to both groups relating to their particular substances. A few of the key results are as follows:...

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Richard Branson: War on Drugs Has Failed

Speaking at a New York press conference organised by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson likened the 50-year-old war on drugs to a business that has failed miserably. He said that had he operated a business suffering similar failures over such a long period, he would expect someone to have taken him to a ‘psychiatric hospital’ for examination. Branson’s comments were part of a meeting of the Global Commission, a group Branson is an active member of. The group is calling on government leaders and the United Nations to work toward new strategies that treat...

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Results of Teen Drinking Study Shock Researchers

A study looking into teen alcohol abuse has revealed something very few people saw coming. In fact, the results of the study have been called ‘shocking’ by the researchers and observers. It turns out that giving alcohol to your children as a means of teaching them how to drink responsibly increases the likelihood that those children will become heavy drinkers. The study followed 2,000 families over a four-year period. It was conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, and led by chief investigator Prof Richard Mattick. Mattick said that although parents may be confused as to the best...

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Can the Pressures of Studying Lead to Substance Abuse

The annual university freshers’ week tends to be five to seven days of drunkenness and partying. Students drink on campus, off-campus and just about anywhere they can find flowing alcohol. At the conclusion of freshers’ week, students are expected to buckle down and get to work. That is when the pressures of university life really start to kick in. A question among substance abuse experts is whether the pressures of studying can lead to problems with drugs and alcohol. Common sense suggests they can. However, there may be more to the equation than just study pressures leading an otherwise ‘normal’...

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Study Enhancing Drugs: Good Idea or Bad?

The start of university season brings with it plenty of anxiety and stress for young people. Parents are equally stressed, wondering how students will get along being away from home for the first time. Running as an undercurrent through the fears of many parents is the question of whether or not their students will be using study-enhancing drugs to improve performance. Unfortunately, these sorts of drugs have grown in prevalence at universities and colleges throughout Great Britain. Their rising popularity is partly due to the easy access students have to them by way of the local head shop and Internet...

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Drug Addiction and the Local Orchestra

Walk down the street and ask any random person to describe his or her perceptions of an alcoholic or drug addict, and you are not likely to hear a description fitting a member of the local symphony orchestra. We just do not think of professional classical musicians as being addicted to drugs and alcohol. Yet it turns out they are in ever increasing numbers. The problem of addiction within the classical music scene was recently brought to light by a Channel 4 documentary featuring well-known cellist Rachael Lander. At one time, Lander was addicted to both alcohol and prescription medications...

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Statistics Show Drug-Related Deaths Down in Scotland

Scotland has good news to report where drug-related deaths are concerned. According to the Helensburgh Advertiser, the number of drug-related deaths in the Argyll and Bute Council area fell to just five in 2013; this is down 50% since 2011. Moreover, although Argyll Bute is one small area, their numbers reflect national trends. Across Scotland, there has been a 9% drop. Just 526 deaths were recorded last year. There is some bad news to report, however. The number of deaths related to the use of legal highs has skyrocketed. The NHS reports such deaths have doubled in Scotland, even as...

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Charity Calls on Government to Do More to End Alcohol Misuse

A well-known UK charity has taken a bold step in challenging the government to step up to the challenge of ending alcohol misuse once and for all. In a recently released press release, AlcoHelp joined with a number of medical professionals calling out the government for not doing enough to tackle the alcohol misuse problem. Each year alcohol misuse results in 1.2 million hospital admissions in the UK. Furthermore, an estimated 80,000 children are living with a parent who is misusing alcohol. The problem costs the criminal justice system approximately £11 billion annually, enough money for supporting an additional 260,000...

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Legal Highs Take New, Deadly Turn in UK

The news about legal highs is not getting any better. Not only are hospitalisations and deaths rising as a result of the new substances, but also those charged with enforcement are finding it difficult to keep up with an ever-expanding market. Now it seems they have more to deal with thanks to takeaway shops that appear to be selling the drugs along with food purchases. In one particular case, officials are aware of a takeaway in Newcastle that might possibly be selling legal highs as pizza toppings. The Daily Star reported on one female customer who ingested an unknown substance...

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How the Pub and Drug Cultures Fuels Addiction

There is little doubt that the use of drugs and alcohol continues unabated in Britain. It is also safe to say that we are no closer to solving the issue of substance abuse than we were 20 years ago. For every individual that successfully completes a rehab programme, there is another waiting to take his or her place. The question is why? Perhaps the answer lies in learning a bit more about the pub and drug cultures. When we talk about the pub and drug cultures, we are referring to what the Oxford dictionaries explain as ‘the attitudes and behaviour...

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Freshers Week and the Drinking Culture

With freshers week 2014 fast approaching, there is renewed debate over how much responsibility universities have in controlling the drinking habits of students. Some say universities owe it to their students to protect them from drinking too much while others say deciding how much to drink is a matter of individual choice. Perhaps both sides are missing the point. Perhaps the real root of the alcohol problem during freshers week is the drinking culture. Emily Henderson of the University of York addressed the issue in a recent post for Nouse, the university’s student newspaper. In her article, she touched on...

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Healthcare Management Firm to Give Addicts Access to Medical Records

Patients Know Best (PKB), a healthcare management firm working on behalf of consumers, was established on the belief that individuals need to be empowered to take control of their own healthcare. As such, it provides online access to medical records and direct access to participating doctors via electronic communications. It is now turning its attentions to recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. PKB’s Lloyd Humphreys recently wrote about the plans in an article published by The Guardian on August 28. Humphreys let it be known that his company was working with Delphi Medical to ensure recovering addicts have access to their...

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Wales Looking for Ways to Stem Alcohol Abuse

The numbers show that there are more alcohol related deaths in Wales every year than in England. Just in 2012 alone, there were 500 deaths. Recent numbers suggest the problem is not getting any better either. So leaders in Wales are aggressively looking for new ways to stem alcohol abuse before things get any worse. As far as the raw numbers are concerned, it does not look good. Numbers from the Welsh National Database for Substance Abuse show that there were 9,127 substance abuse referrals for the first quarter of 2014, up more than 1,800 from the same period in...

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