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Depression and Substance Abuse. The Chicken Or The Egg?

Everyone experiences low moods occasionally. For many people it comes and goes, and can be helped to move along by exercise, dietary changes, or simply talking about it. Life today is fast paced, and we are bombarded with content in the media, images of beautiful people looking happy, images of war torn countries and injured …

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The Ugly Truth About Meth Addiction & The Effects of Smoking or Shooting ‘Ice’

Growing use of methamphetamine was reported in the United States and in California from 1999 to 2008, increasing 17% per year in California, according to the American Journal of Public Health. With growing use has come more overdose deaths in California, rising 127% from 2008 to 2013, according to CaliforniaHealthLine.org. This should be concerning for …

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7 Signs You May Be Self-Medicating With Alcohol or Drugs

When you use alcohol or drugs to cope with pain, anxiety and other symptoms, this form of self-medication can lead to substance use disorder, which is a form of addiction. One survey suggests that about 20% of Americans who have anxiety or mood disorders also struggle with SUDs, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association …

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Understanding The DSM-5 Substance Use Disorder Definition And Why It Matters

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition — DSM-5 for short — is published by the American Psychological Association (APA), and it is used for diagnosing and classifying mental disorders.  Mental disorders like substance abuse can’t be diagnosed through a blood test, X-ray or some other laboratory test the way that conditions …

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Treating Substance Abuse In Prisons & What it Means For California’s Drug Problem

The link between drug abuse and crime is clear: people who use and are addicted to alcohol and drugs are more likely to commit crimes, and people who commit crimes are more likely to be substance abusers. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 58% of state prisoners and 63% of jailed inmates (operated by …

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