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After Her Daughter’s Death, One Grieving Mother Wants to see a Change in Addiction Treatment and Education

Described by her mother as vibrant, witty and loving, Laura Mulley was not your ‘typical’ addict. Laura held down a respectable job at the University of California and enjoyed many hobbies in her spare time including writing, photography, and playing music. Just one week before Laura’s death which was caused by a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol, Laura’s mother, Linda, spent the weekend with her and noticed no visible signs of drug use or addiction. On the outside, Laura was living a good life, and according to her mother, Laura was excited about the direction that her life her was taking. It was not until after Laura’s death that Linda learned to what degree Laura was using drugs and alcohol. Laura fell into a pattern of using and quitting, using and quitting, (repeat) which can be just as harmful to one’s health as using on a daily or constant basis. But at the same time, the alcohol or drug addiction is less obvious to those on the outside – especially if they were to …

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Your Spot to Compare Thai Rehabs

Thailand has long been known as a popular spot for medical tourism. From dentistry to plastic surgery, Thailand offers world-class medical care at just a fraction of the cost in western countries. And addiction treatment centres, or rehabs, are no different. The right Thai rehab facility can offer luxurious accommodation and world-class treatment programmes, but it is important to remember that now all drug rehabs Thailand has to offer are created equal. It is important to ask questions and get a full understanding of each available rehab centre before choosing the one that is best for you. Check out the ‘Compare Thai Rehabs’ website to compare rehab licensing, treatment programmes, facilities, medical support and more: http://www.comparethairehabs.com/

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Bali Drug Laws Unclear: Some Drug Offenders Executed, Others Not

Events in Indonesia over the last few years have resulted in an increase of focus and criticism on the laws regarding drug related crimes in the country. There have been calls from various international organisations and prominent leaders for Indonesia to address the inconsistencies and severity in the sentencing that has come up in the most recent cases in Bali. It has also created a hotly contested death penalty debate that has gone worldwide. The drug scene in Indonesia is one of great contradictions; Bali drug laws have one of the strictest policies with regards to drug possession and trafficking in the world, but it also has one of the highest cases of drug and alcohol abuse too. Indonesia’s size and proximity to the Golden Triangle, which is one of the biggest trafficking rings in the world and lies on the border of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, make it an extremely difficult terrain to successfully manage the transportation of drugs in and out of its island borders. Bali’s Drug Laws Bali drug laws are harsh …

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Violent Crimes in China: The Effects of Meth

One-third of the world’s population resides in East and Southeast Asia. And one of the biggest challenges facing these Asian countries, including China, is the manufacturing and use of synthetic drugs. In recent years, Asia has experienced a wave of synthetically produced amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), particularly of the substance methamphetamine. Synthetic drugs, also known as designer or club drugs, have become increasingly popular among younger drug users. These ATS drugs are engulfing the drug market quickly, in what people are calling Asia’s ATS Epidemic. The Synthetic Drug Industry in South East Asia Where once plant-based drugs such as opium or heroin topped the drug markets, synthetic drugs are quickly taking over. Synthetic drugs such as meth, ecstasy, and LSD, are man-made by chemically synthesizing and combining different precursor chemicals, and methamphetamine in Southeast Asia are spreading like wild fire. The drug most commonly used is crystal meth, notoriously known as ’ice’. Many believe that the increase of demand of meth in China and other Southeast Asian countries is due to economic integration between regions. Synthetic …

Addictive Personality and Alcohol / Drugs: Fact or Fiction

There has been a growing interest whether or not there is such a thing as an addictive personality. Although this question is hard to give a precise answer, there are many ways to examine it. Doctors and researchers alike are working hard to provide an explanation on why people use, abuse, and become addicted to drugs and alcohol. They have come up with reasons such as, genetics, experiencing a traumatic event, and certain psychological traits that attribute to an individual’s personality. Some experts have suggested that because some addicts share similar personality traits, there may be such a thing as an addictive personality. What is an Addictive Personality? An addictive personality is various personality traits that are thought to make an individual person predisposed to an addiction. People who have an addictive personality are not only at risk for developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol, but they are also highly at risk for becoming addicted to food, shopping, exercise, gambling, sex, etc. It is possible for the person to switch from one addiction to …

Gender Differences and an Addiction to Drugs

The relationship of addiction and the differences it has between genders has been a topic for professionals for quite some time. The National Institute on Drugs and Alcohol (NIDA) has dedicated a large amount of money towards research to identify and understand these differences. It is through this the NIDA hopes to determine the best treatment methods for males and females alike.  Research has shown that gender differences do in fact play a role from the very first time an opportunity arises to use drugs and continues all the way into treatment for the addiction. The Causes of Use Differ Between Genders Multiple studies have been conducted to try to determine why women and men begin to use and abuse drugs, some of the results are as follows: FEMALES Co-Curing Disorders:  Women tend to have co-curing emotional disorders such as depression, low self esteem, and trauma to name a few. High Stress: Women, especially with an addiction to alcohol or cocaine, began using because they were under a high amount of stress. Sexual Abuse: Women …

A Campaign for Drug Rehab and Substance Abuse Prevention: The Harrowing Photos of Methamphetamine Users

  In a recent scan of trending articles on news sites that I read daily, I came across a series of horrifying images, ones that made me feel physically ill. The article though had warned me that I might feel this way. At the top of the Business Insider article are words of caution: “Warning,” the article begins, “these images are disturbing.” The infographic posted below shows before and after photos of methamphetamine abusers, in addition to a bulleted description of what the substance, and a lack of drug rehab, will do to a person’s physical appearance. Unlike the work of Roman Sakovich, which, while also depicting an addict before and after addiction, uses makeup to tell the story, the photographs released on Rehabs.com depict the real effects of a methamphetamine addiction. Like the narration of a horror story, alongside the photos is a description of these specific consequences: “Skin: Acne appears or worsens. Obsessive skin-picking often causes meth users’ faces to be covered in small sores and scarring – the result of a common …

Getting the Grade: The Use of ‘Study Drugs’ Among Students

A drug user’s motivations are often dark. Like Jim Carrey’s character in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the aim of drug abuse may be to forget, to have the brain swabbed clean of painful memories; to achieve the ‘spotless mind’ one must get rid of the spots. Rarely is a user’s aim to remember. But, as reported by The New York Times in early June 2012, there is a growing concern among secondary school educators about students’ abuse of prescription drugs, specifically the drug Adderrall. A drug prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Adderrall is an amphetamine designed to focus a hyperactive mind, and to help a user be more productive. Rather than blur the user’s world, it is a drug that aims to sharpen it. For students facing ever-bleak college admission statistics, that ‘sharper world’ is replete with grueling hours of study and examination. Overwhelmed by the pressures of school and securing an academic future, American students have found a quick solution in Adderrall, a drug which allows them …

Studying The Effects of Drugs on the Brain: A Possible Route to Drug Recovery?

Recently, The Guardian has been the host of a conversation between scientists and the British government. The talk concerns researchers’ rights to study the effects of psychodelic drugs on the human brain. Why do scientists want so desperately to do this, and why is the government making it so difficult to do so? The foremost objective of studying the brain while on illicit drugs is to understand it: to better comprehend how exactly drugs alter the brain’s chemistry. More evidence-based knowledge could be useful outside of the laboratory: it could be used to treat mental illness and to inform drug rehab programmes and other treatments for drug and alcohol users. The British government stands in the way. Because of drug categorisation, described as arbitrary, illicit drugs such as LSD and cannabis are extremely difficult to use as subjects in a human study. There are expensive licences that scientists must procure, in addition to the negative stigma that could fall upon a lab that chooses to study ‘party drugs.’ In the 1950s and 60s, the laws …

IS ADDICTION REALLY A DISEASE?

Addiction was first classified as a treatable illness by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1956, yet some people still choose to believe that addiction is simply a few poor decisions on part of an individual who lacks ‘will power’. This is not the case, however, and as medical research becomes more involved, doctors and researchers are able to learn more and more about the disease of addiction. According to the National Institutes of Health, advances in brain imaging science make it possible to see inside the brain of an addicted person and pinpoint the parts of the brain affected by drugs of abuse — providing knowledge that will enable the development of new approaches to prevention and treatment. These brain images have been able to show that addiction is a brain disease which causes people to lose their ability to control their need for alcohol and drugs. One of the several factors here is the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Dopamine is largely responsible for the feelings of pleasure and also satiety. Humans are genetically engineered to …