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violence, substance abuse, and mental illness

Violence, Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Of the many unfortunate outcomes of substance abuse and addiction, violence is one that has significant ripple effects on families and communities. Whether it’s violence turned inward or channeled into interpersonal conflict and crime, the link is clear. Understanding the complicated relationship between alcohol and violence against oneself or others is crucial in creating effective…

the addiction detox process

Substance Abuse Detox Process

Addiction — the compulsive need to use and abuse drugs — is a severe and life-threatening condition. It strips you of money, relationships, career and health. Sometimes, addiction starts as a way to relax or have fun with friends. Other times, it results from the misuse of prescription medications given after a painful medical procedure. Regardless…

Help Your Child Stop Using Pot

Help Your Child Stop Using Pot

When you find out that your child is using pot, this news can be heartbreaking and confusing. Whether you caught your son smoking pot, found paraphernalia in your daughter’s room or they came home clearly high — you may be wondering what to do or if you should do anything at all. No matter your…

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two cannabinoid-containing medications for the treatment of medical illness, marijuana itself has yet to be approved by the agency for this purpose. Nevertheless, many claims are made about CBD oil, marijuana itself and related products for managing a wide variety of ailments and conditions. Medical…

Music Festivals and Drugs

Music Festivals and Drugs

Drugs and music events have a long and interrelated history. Music festivals are often outdoor events where participants are free from the responsibilities of everyday life. In such situations, drug use can be a temptation and drugs are often sold. In fact, since festivals such as Woodstock in the 1960s, drugs have been openly used at…