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15 Mar Links Between Addiction and Athletes

Many people undertake sports or athletic activities as a way to be healthier. And athletes are much healthier than non-athletes, typically! However, there is one particular health problem that athletes might be more prone to, particularly because of their participation in athletics: addiction. A 2017 study released in February by the University of Alberta examined the link between the high risks of addiction that are found among people who are athletes, and especially those who partook in team sports. Here are some of the surprising links that contribute to this higher rate of addiction...
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01 Mar Aetna Loosens Addiction Treatment Restrictions

Historically, treatment for addiction and substance abuse is something that has always struggled to get traction with insurance companies. Many companies would gouge their customers for this sort of coverage, while some didn’t offer any coverage for addiction treatment at all. However, we have started to see a shift in this paradigm, thankfully. Recently, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, Aetna, recently announced that it will start to remove barriers that prevent their clients from getting important medication to help people with substance dependencies.
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15 Feb The Myth of Harmless Hallucinogens

Hallucinogenic drugs have been around for thousands of years, and have actually had cultural implications in many ancient societies. However, modern chemistry has led to the rise of several new hallucinogens, which are the most popular, such as LSD and PCP. As the usage rates of hallucinogens continues to rise, it has led to an increasing acceptance of the myth that hallucinogens are a harmless drug, since they pale in comparison to harder drugs, like myth or methamphetamines. Here is some information about why this is a myth, and the dangers that are still associated with hallucinogenic drugs...
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01 Feb Opioid Epidemic Might Peak in 2017

Addiction and substance abuse, we’d venture to say, is currently the number one largest health issue on the planet today. By far, the number of fatalities due to addiction have been driven upward by the increases that have been experienced in the opioid epidemic. However, according to one group of researchers, the opioid epidemic might just about be at its peak, after which it will finally relent and reach a manageable level. Here is some information about the light that might be at the end of the tunnel, regarding opioid addiction...
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15 Jan The Benefits of Destination Rehab Part 2

Addiction is a mental disease that has affected the lives of millions of Americans, and many more people around the world. Because of this, it is imperative to fight this disease and help so many people reclaim their lives. There is no one single best way to approach addiction recovery that will work for everyone. The road to total recovery is a very personal one, and each person will find that their journey and treatment will need to be unique. However, strategy for recovery that has worked for many people is to leave their homes and head somewhere else for their treatment. This is called destination rehab, and there are many benefits for undergoing it...
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01 Jan The Benefits of Destination Rehab Part 1

Addiction is a mental disease that has affected the lives of millions of Americans, and many more people around the world. Because of this, it is imperative to fight this disease and help so many people reclaim their lives. There is no one single best way to approach addiction recovery that will work for everyone. The road to total recovery is a very personal one, and each person will find that their journey and treatment will need to be unique. However, strategy for recovery that has worked for many people is to leave their homes and head somewhere else for their treatment. This is called destination rehab, and there are many benefits for undergoing it...
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A drunk man dozes off on bar.

22 Dec The Alcohol Industry Depends on Risk

Over 30 million American adults have admitted to struggling with alcohol abuse during their lifetime. Overall, alcohol is the most used and abused substance on the entire planet, with more people addicted to alcohol than any other illicit substance in existence. Behind this global issue is an alcohol industry that reaps in over a trillion dollars in revenue, globally, every single year. Over $400 billion of that money is generated in the United States, alone. This is not to say that the alcohol industry is the perpetrator of all social ills brought upon by alcohol use, as there are many more millions of Americans who drink responsibly, as well. However, a simple glance at the profits of the alcohol industry show that it is an industry that nonetheless benefits from addiction...
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15 Dec Are Creatives More Likely to Be Addicts?

The spread of addiction has been prevalent in all parts of American society. It has reached into every demographic, rich and poor, young and old, without discrimination. However, there is one group of people who seem to struggle with addiction far more than others: those who are creatively predisposed. For some reason, creative individuals tend to head down a road of addiction at a much higher rate than those who are less creative. This brings up an interesting question. Why is this the case? The truth, as always, is complicated and messy. However, a few distinct factors are prevalent...
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08 Dec Alcohol Sales and the 2022 World Cup

Last month, Qatar’s secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery, Hasan Al Thawadi, announced that he favored banning alcohol for the 2022 World Cup. As it stands, this is the current plan for the event, although things might change. This would be a highly controversial decision, as one of the major sponsors of the Federation Internationale de Football (or FIFA, as it is commonly known) is Budweiser. To not be able to sell their product at the World Cup would be a major departure from previous norms, although it might not actually be the worst thing. Here is some context on this current standoff...
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A lady with a headache holds up drugs.

01 Dec How Addiction Creeps up on You

When many people view addiction, they find it easy to separate themselves from an addict. An addict is a theoretical “other” that is distant from our own lives. However, this is a dangerous mindset, as it ignores the reality of how addiction actually takes over our lives. Addiction is a plague that reaches into every demographic of American society. Trying to only view it from a distance is equal to pretending that it doesn’t exist, at all. The odds are that you probably know someone who is struggling with substance abuse, right now! The truth, though, is that nobody plans on being an addict; absolutely nobody. Yet, the rates of substance abuse continue to grow. Here is how addiction can creep up on you, regardless of whether you intend it to...
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