How Meth Use Can Lead to Cheating

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or simply meth, is a terrible drug that ruins lives. A controlled substance, meth is rarely prescribed, but most abusers get it from amateur labs that crank out the substance from household chemicals. Meth is a stimulant and has a number of effects on the user. One common effect…

Women With Strong Support Network More Susceptible to Substance Abuse, Study Finds

Women and men have gender-specific differences in their rate of susceptibility to substance abuse, as well as differences in the types of substances that function as abuse targets. Other known influences on substance abuse risks include genetic inheritance and environmental influences encountered by each individual. In a study presented Aug. 18, 2014, to the annual…

Are 12-Step Groups Safe for Women?

Support groups, especially those using the 12 steps, are loved by many and rejected by others. For addicts, a support group is an important part of an overall treatment program. The support group provides emotional and social connections with other people with similar experiences. Support groups give recovering addicts a place to go time and…

Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Help People Affected by Substance Abuse or Addiction?

Animal-assisted therapy is a term used to describe the use of trained dogs or other animals in structured therapeutic practices aimed at helping human beings with specific health problems. Current evidence indicates that several groups of people—including individuals with cancer, serious heart problems and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—can benefit from this form of therapy. In…