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 is an increased sex drive, often to extreme levels. Sex addiction and methamphetamine use often go together, and anyone abusing meth runs the risk of having affairs. There are so many reasons not to use meth. Ruining your relationship with extramarital affairs is just one of many. Continue reading →
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 meeting of the American Sociological Association, researchers from Indiana University used information from a federally funded project called the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism to further explore gender’s impact on the mixture of substance abuse risks for any given person.
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 again to shore up their sobriety and help them resist the temptations to relapse. One of the most serious controversies surrounding traditional, 12-step support groups is the idea that they may not be safe for women. Continue reading →
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 a study published in 2009 in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, researchers from Mississippi State University and Lindsey Wilson College assessed the potential of animal-assisted therapy to help people affected by substance abuse or substance addiction. The researchers concluded that this form of therapy can improve substance treatment by strengthening the therapeutic alliance that forms between therapists and their patients/clients. Continue reading →
On Father’s Day, kids take the time to show their appreciation for all of the things their fathers do for them every day of the year. But for the child of an alcoholic or drug abuser, the day may be fraught with confusion and mixed emotions. Addiction is a serious, complex issue, and this can leave many parents feeling as though it’s impossible to adequately explain the problem to children. However, if you approach the topic with tact, honesty and openness, you can help your child understand why their dad is in rehab for Father’s Day or why he isn’t manning the barbecue with a beer in hand like last year. Continue reading →
All applicants for immigrant visas, as well as certain non-immigrant applicants, are required to undergo a medical exam performed by a civil surgeon that has been designated by authorities to be qualified to administer the exams. During the exam, physicians are allowed (and sometimes required) to ask questions about an applicant’s prior or current drug and alcohol use. Pursuant to 42 CFR 34.1, medical examinations are allowable for a.) aliens applying for a visa at an embassy or consulate outside the United States; b) aliens arriving in the United States; c.) aliens required by immigration officials to have a medical exam in connection with determination of their admissibility; and d.) aliens applying for adjustment of status in the US.