Causes

Divorce and Addiction

Marriage is common in the United States. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 90 percent of people in Western culture marry by age 50. Healthy marriages contribute to the couples’ emotional and physical well-being as well as the well-being of any children born as a result. Unfortunately…

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How Family Can Challenge Your Sobriety

Family members and friends of those recovering from addiction can be a great source of strength and support. They can also, however, contribute to elevated stress levels and an increased relapse risk. It is important for those in recovery to anticipate family-related challenges and develop a strategy to overcome…

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How Does Addiction Begin?

According to a 2011 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the total number of hydrocodone- and oxycodone-based prescriptions dispensed by US pharmacies nearly tripled in the past two decades. The 76 million prescriptions filled in 1991 is a fraction of the 210 million in 2010, which…

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Painkiller Addiction and Control Issues

Painkiller addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the United States in the last twenty years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls painkiller addiction “a major health threat” and states that prescription painkillers now cause more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. The underlying cause of this…

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Veterinarians and Addiction

Like many medical professionals, veterinarians face intense on-the-job stress and access to prescription drugs, and may struggle with addiction issues. While there are groups that monitor substance abuse among medical professionals, veterinarians in many states may not have the same protections and aid.
Substance Abuse and Veterinarians
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