Is marijuana addictive? That query is easily one of the most frequently asked questions in the addiction and behavioral health space. I hear it on an almost daily basis. And as for its answer… well, there are as many opinions and viewpoints on that subject as there are people who have them.
When it comes to addiction in 21st-century America, almost all of our attention is focused intently on opioids. But what about the country’s other drug problems? In fact, what about our addiction to pharmaceutical benzodiazepines, a prescription drug class which is just addictive and potentially lethal as opioids?
When someone who is struggling with a drug habit turns on their local news and hears a report about a “New, lethal strain of heroin” or a “New batch of fentanyl that’s killing dozens of addicts,” their first thought isn’t to mourn such a sad situation or to avoid those drugs.
A growing drug trend has surfaced in the U.S. which supports the use of an organic drug called kratom. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, kratom is the term for the tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) . This tree is native to Southeast Asia.
Just when you think the world could not get more crazy… One of the latest disturbing trends popping up around the country involves people using Pyrethroids to get high.
It’s easy to make mistakes in addressing a problem that is so disheartening and emotionally upsetting as drug and alcohol abuse is. From a one-on-one, familial level all the way up to a nationwide level, mistakes are understood and expected.
When faced with an addiction within the family, the family members and loved ones of an addict suffer under these circumstances almost just as badly as the addict does. In some scenarios, the family members suffer even more than the addict does. This is a big problem, and we make the mistake of frequently forgetting the effect that drug abuse has on the loved ones of addicts.
In 2015, the average, American life expectancy dropped. This was the first time the life expectancy went down since 1993. In 2016, it dropped again . This was the first time the U.S. average life expectancy dropped for two years in a row since 1965.
With how common drug abuse is in the 21st century, there are many concerns and many “side effect” problems on a national level that come about from drug abuse and rampant addiction.
One of the biggest struggles our country currently faces is the sweeping drug and alcohol addiction epidemic. As cataclysmic events go, this one has been relatively underreported by the media. That is concerning in its own right.