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Nation's ER's Report: Abuse of Anti-Anxiety Drugs Up

drug treatment center pills addiction drug rehabThe number of drug-abuse related visits to hospital emergency rooms (ERs) involving benzodiazepine medications exceeded 100,000 in 2002, a 41 percent increase since 1995, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). Nearly half of the emergency department (ED) visits involving benzodiazapines -- which include such psychotherapeutic sedatives as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan -- were connected with suicidal ideation, gestures or attempts.

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Prescription Drug Abuse in The Military

drug treatment center pills addiction drug rehabToday, some of the most pressing substance-abuse concerns in the U.S. military involve prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Some health officials contend that too many troops are being authorized to take antidepressants and sleeping pills, while others are worried about the illicit sharing of prescription drugs and the overuse of OTC meds by men and women in uniform.

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For Many, Stress Leads to the Use and Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco...

drug treatment center pills addiction drug rehabSome of the Basic Facts
Stressful events can have a direct affect on the use of alcohol or other drugs. Stress is a major contributor to the initiation and continuation of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, as well as to relapse or a return to drug use after periods of abstinence.

Stress is one of the major factors known to cause relapse to smoking, even after prolonged periods of abstinence.

Children exposed to severe stress may be more vulnerable to drug use. A number of clinical and epidemiological studies show a strong association between psychosocial stressors early in life (e.g., parental loss, child abuse) and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior, and substance abuse in adulthood.

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The following 4 books are excellent references for anyone needing further information on drug addiction and treatment, either for themself or a loved one.
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The Heart of Addiction

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Kill The Craving

the heart of addiction - a book on drug addiction and our assumptions - 12 step programs and rehabIt may be time for a closer look at some of our assumptions about addiction. Between the predominance of 12-step programs and incorrect information issued by the press, thousands of people are getting misinformation instead of the help they need. Lance Dodes, in his book The Heart of Addiction...
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kill the craving - exposure response prevention - rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addictionThis is the first self-help book to introduce Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy to addicts. Long successful in the treatment of a range of psychological disorders, this controversial technique has recently been found to have long-term effectiveness for alcoholics and chronic drug users. ERP... 
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Addiction & Grace

Swallowing A Bitter Pill

addiction and grace - what leads to addiction and how addiction affects our livesHere is Gerald May's brilliant and now classic exploration of the psychology and physiology of addiction. It offers an inspiring and hope-filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are. May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and...
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swallowing the bitter pill - prescription drug abuse addiction and rehabilitationThe author, a healthcare provider, founded Prescription Anonymous in 1998. After killing a young man with her car, Mogil began abusing such prescription drugs as Darvon, Demerol and Percodan, and remained addicted for over 15 years. Although the accident was clearly not her fault, her subsequent...
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