Lifestyle

Small Amounts of Alcohol Consumption Linked To Breast Cancer

In the past, scientists have found that alcohol consumption is linked to a variety of diseases, including throat, liver and esophageal cancer. And now a new report released by the American Institute for Cancer Research states that even small amounts of alcohol consumed regularly can increase the chances of developing…

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Legislator Introduces Clean Start Act for Recovering Addicts

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has introduced the Clean Start Act. As the name implies, it will give a second chance to recovering addicts who have a criminal record for nonviolent federal offenses. This legislation will give them a chance to build themselves up in their new lifestyle without being…

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Research Explains Why Cocaine Addicts Display Risky Behavior

One of the more serious, yet under-acknowledged, side effects of cocaine use is the risky behavior that can arise after using the drug. Risky behavior can include actions such as violence, theft or other crime, and poor decision making regarding sexual encounters. In fact, risky sex-related behavior is exactly what…

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Alcohol Abuse More Prevalent Before Marriage, After Divorce

Last year, a group of researchers published a study that suggested that marriage was more likely to prevent people from abusing alcohol. These same researchers then decided to shift their focus from marriage to divorce. They discovered that much like the previous study, without the spouse’s support, alcohol intake was…

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How Drug Abuse Increases Aging Rate

The results of a new study have identified how drug abuse and addiction can increase the rate of aging, as well as age-related illnesses. These include inflammation, cellular aging and decline in brain volume and function. The list of age-related ailments also includes early onset of brain, liver, kidney and…

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High Rate of Alcohol Use Disorder Among College Students

Drinking on college campuses is more than just a rite of passage or something that young people do to “blow off steam” in the wake of a challenging academic schedule. According to statistics compiled by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 20 percent of college students…

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Concern Over More States Legalizing Marijuana Use for Adults

One of the outcomes from this tumultuous election that was widely overshadowed but still carries a huge impact is that four more states approved measures to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21. Now California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada have joined Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State,…

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Marijuana Use Among College Students Continues to Cause Concern

The number of college students using marijuana continues to increase, having reached a startling 38% in 2015, compared to 30% in 2006, according to information released by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. This overall increasing trend can likely be attributed to much of the marijuana legalization movement,…

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Letter to my Daughter

Meet Ava and her daughter Anna. Recently, Anna died due to a drug overdose while away at college. During Anna’s funeral, Ava wrote this lovely letter about her daughter’s story and struggle with addiction. Ava shared her story with us in order to help spread the word about drug addiction…

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Debtors Anonymous

What Is Debtors Anonymous? Debting is a process addiction as opposed to a substance addiction. The debtor is not addicted to a substance like alcohol. Rather, the debtor is addicted to accumulating debt. Debtors Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship of men and women who are recovering from debting. The only…

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Misuse of The Word Addiction

Misuse of The Word Addiction: What Does Addiction Really Mean? People misuse words and phrases constantly. In fact, some people misuse words so much that they no longer know the true meaning of the word they are using over time. People seem to make up their own definitions for the…

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