Washington and Colorado are paving the way to notable change in the country and its drug laws. In Washington State, the legalization of marijuana went into effect on December 5. In Colorado, pot became legal on January 5. The new laws legalize recreational use for adults age 21 and up. In Washington, adults may possess up to an ounce of marijuana and smoke it in private.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has just finalized the new version of its Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the most important reference for mental health disorders. The changes included in this new version of the manual have the potential to impact anyone who is diagnosed with a mental health disorder.
Ritalin (the brand name for methylphenidate) is widely known and used as a treatment for ADHD in children.
According to a study recently published by the American Psychological Association, about 50 percent of substance abuse counselors believe that it's acceptable for some alcohol abusers* to have an occasional drink as an intermediate or final treatment goal. When it comes to drug abusers, about half of counselors accept moderate drug use as an intermediate treatment goal, while only one-third of counselors accept it as a final goal.
For a young man from Massachusetts who grew up dreaming about playing professional basketball, signing with the Boston Celtics would seem to be a dream come true. Instead, basketball legend Chris Herren saw his dream vanish due to a 14-year addiction to prescription pain pills, cocaine and heroin.
Hypersexual disorder first grabbed media attention after celebrities like Jesse James, David Duchovny and Tiger Woods engaged in numerous affairs and were treated for “sex addiction."
Similar to the cocaine-exposed babies of the 1980s, many children in today's world are born dependent on prescription opiates.
Very little is known about the effects opiates have on their development, but obviously it does not affect them for the better.
A very small percentage of licensed professionals are even willing to care for and treat pregnant women that are addicted to opiates.
What do you do if someone you love is abusing drugs or alcohol and refuses to seek treatment? This was the situation Sharon Blair (pictured, far left) found herself in when she spent 13 years trying to get her daughter, Jennifer Reynolds (pictured, far right), treatment for prescription medication abuse.
Authorities are investigating whether a new designer drug played a role in a gruesome Los Angeles homicide that involved a young actor.
The majority of marijuana users believe the myth that it’s a harmless, non-addictive drug. They may even extol the medicinal value of the drug, despite the fact that the FDA has never approved its use for the treatment of any medical conditions. They may not be aware that recent research indicates that marijuana use can have a lasting effect on the brain.