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Substance Abuse

AddictionMental & Emotional Health
June 6, 2018

Why is addiction a disease?

When you think of a disease, addiction probably wouldn’t cross your mind, but it should. Addiction is a disease of the brain and body which involves using substances or taking part in dangerous activities despite the negative effects. Like all diseases, if addiction isn’t treated, there are health-related consequences (for both the addict and their loved ones). Drinking excessively and taking illegal drugs are the most common types of addictions, but there are many others. Types of addiction: Substance addiction is the compulsive use of drugs like cocaine, opioids, and prescription drugs like sleeping tablets, painkillers and inhalants. This also…
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Healthy LifestyleTravel & holiday
October 19, 2016

10 ways to prep for festival season

Whether you’re into ground-vibrating trance music or soulful jazz, festival season has something for everyone.  To enjoy it to its full potential, keep your health in check for the party ahead. 1. Stay hydrated You may think booze in paper cups and the occasional caffeine run will be enough to keep you going on your festival weekend, but water will keep you buzzing more than any beer can. Dehydration causes dizziness, headaches and in some cases, loss of consciousness, so if you want to continue jumping around to your favourite tunes without a hiccough, pack plenty of water and suss…
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Addiction
June 11, 2016

When medicine turns deadly

Two stories trending on social media this week may be worlds apart, but they have something huge in common: it isn’t just street drugs that can harm or kill you. (more…)
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
April 10, 2016

Help! My loved one is an addict

It can happen to anyone, and maybe it’s happened to someone you really care about: a family member, a friend or a partner. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can seem like an impossible thing to handle. You go through feelings of fear, anger and helplessness as you watch someone slowly slip out of their own lives, and it’s like they can’t even hear you. (more…)
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Addiction
November 12, 2015

Private online support for addicts

If you use cocaine and are over 18, you may be eligible to participate in a program that trains you to resist cocaine-related cues and provides you with coping skills. This project is web-based with an optional Skype session with the main researcher and six online training programs. Your identity throughout is completely anonymous. Here’s how you can access help: I Quit Cocaine (more…)
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Addiction
June 4, 2015

It’s easy to be an addict

No one wants to be a drug-addict, but you’d be surprised how easily you can end up there. What may start as "just one try" could lead you down a far more dangerous path, not to mention the damage you could cause if you're high. Here are some common ways on how you could become an addict…and, we suggest you AVOID them at all cost: (more…)
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Addiction
May 15, 2015

The line-up: Booze under the spotlight

“So, you’ve been busy, my friend. You’ve caused a lot of trouble, using your addictiveness on people who don’t fully understand how dangerous you actually are! But we’ve got you this time! Here’s the proof.” (more…)
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Parenting
April 16, 2015

Getting your teen to 21, safely

It all happens so fast! One minute you’re strapping his sleeping little form into a car-seat. Then, before you know it, he’s out practising death-defying skate-board moves on a busy street! (more…)
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Addiction
March 27, 2015

Are you really addicted?

For years we’ve been led to believe that an addiction is simply a chemical reaction in your brain. It’s not wrong, but it’s not completely right either. Over the years, the results of numerous studies have raised many factors regarding addiction, specifically drug addiction. Which begs the question, what really makes you addicted? The answer still isn’t black and white. (more…)
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