Seeing your Functional Addiction Through Someone Else’s Eyes

One of the most widely respected research initiatives, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, does not provide a definition for a functional alcoholic. While this resource acknowledges alcohol abuse, alcoholism and alcohol use disorder, among other categories of alcohol-driven ailments, there is no reference to functional alcoholics. The terms functional alcoholic and functional […]

How Does Addiction Impact a Close-Knit Community?

Living in a small community often creates close relationships and dependence upon one another, so, when addiction affects people within such communities, the bonds can make the consequences more severe. Addiction affects everyone around the user, so the consequences of drug abuse can damage almost every Sacramento resident in a tight-knit community, primarily because everyone […]

How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma

Throughout the year, Sacramento residents may notice trends in the discussion on mental and physical health. For example, you may see the color red more often in February in recognition of American Heart Month. Likewise, you can expect to hear a lot about breast cancer in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mental […]

How Addiction Ignores Demographics

Although drug and alcohol addiction seems concentrated in certain areas, such as the inner city or rural areas, substance abuse does not respect any demographics. Whether you live in Sacramento’s suburbs or city, addiction can affect you. Socioeconomic status may influence some addiction trends, but for the most part addiction crosses that barrier as well. […]

Is Drug Use In Rich Neighborhoods Different than In Poor Neighborhoods?

Drug use among America’s youth is changing in some unexpected ways. According to the “Monitoring the Future” survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug use of certain types decreased over the past year, while drug use of other types is still on the rise. For instance, the use of cocaine, crack and […]

6 Ways that Addiction Is the Same Across the World

It may seem like addiction is avoidable where you live, but no matter where you are in the world addiction is still a threat. You can never avoid the threat of addiction, but understanding that drugs are always present will help you to avoid falling victim to them. If you live in Sacramento and suffer […]

The Risks of Drug Use During Physical Activities

Using drugs in ways other than prescribed by a physician can lead to serious and even life-threatening side effects, especially when combined with physical activity. In order for the body to perform safely during physical activity, it must be able to adequately regulate bodily functions such as heart rate, breathing and coordination. Depending on the […]

Addiction and Mental Health Illness in the Suburbs

There is a long-standing stigma attached to addiction and mental health problems that they only affect a certain group of people. As a result, prejudice and discrimination have continually deterred Sacramento residents from treatment, but in doing so they have suffered in employment, medical care, relationships and social status. While the medical community knows more […]

Do I Live in a High Drug Use Area?

Environment is a factor that powerfully contributes to addiction, so Sacramento residents should evaluate the areas in which they live to determine if they threaten recovery or sobriety. It is possible to avoid drug abuse and addiction no matter what area you live in, but, if you live in a high drug use area, then […]

The Difference Between an Illegal and a Controlled Substance

A controlled substance refers to a drug or chemical that is regulated by state and federal legislation. The U.S. developed a federal drug policy in 1970 that is known as the Controlled Substances Act. Labeling drugs and other chemical substances as controlled means that the U.S. government controls the manufacturing, importations, possession, use and distribution […]

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