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Legalize It?: American Public Opinion on Marijuana Legalization

In the history of the United States, few issues have been as hotly contested as marijuana legalization. Some view pot as a gateway drug that opens the door to the abuse of illicit substances. Others feel it’s a medicinal marvel that eases their pain and decreases their anxiety. According to research, support for marijuana legalization has steadily …

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Holidazed

’Tis the season for turkey dinners, holiday parties, and festive cheer. Whether it’s the cold and the snow, the food, or even the music, Americans across the country have the traditions they hold dear to help the holidays come alive. For some, that can even include liquid libations in the form of beer, wine, and …

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Game Overdose: A Look at Drug use Within Video Games

Approximately 155 million Americans play video games. But if you envision hordes of children and teens going head to head at Mario Kart, then think again. The average age of an American gamer? 35. As a result, game offerings have become increasingly geared to grown-ups, complete with mature themes: violence, sex, and even drugs. How are drugs portrayed in video …

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Starting That Important Conversation with Someone Struggling with Addiction

Most people are unable to get help and start the treatment and recovery process from their addictions on their own. It often requires the intervention of loved ones and friends to start the process. While this first conversation with that addicted loved one will be difficult, here are some general and specific guidelines on how …

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Staying Focused and Motivated After Treatment

Certainly for anyone that has succumbed to alcohol and/or drug addiction, successfully exiting the treatment phase is a cause for feeling that you have made the first major step in the recovery process. Anyone making it to this juncture realizes that there are different challenges that lie ahead because the recovery process is a lifelong …

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The Messenger: Talking to Children About Another Adult’s Recovery

When a parent is going through recovery for an addiction the emotional toll it takes on the family is different from when the family member was in the throes of addiction. Despite these differences, the recovery process is no less difficult. When there are children involved that are old enough to understand that something is …

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There Aren’t Many Places for Addicted Teens to Go for Treatment

With substance abuse treatment services being rare in children’s hospitals and the dwindling resources of state services, addicted teens have few places to go in our society to affordably obtain the help they desperately need. When we take a closer look at why there are so few places for addicted teens to go, we see …

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