pile of blue addeall pills

09 May Signs of Adderall Abuse

Adderall is a combination medication used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy or major depression. It is classified as a central nervous system stimulant.  When used as prescribed, this medication can help you to stay focused, feel alert and pay attention. It’s also a drug that is commonly abused. Because its stimulating qualities can make people feel extremely alert and focused, there is a high demand for it by people who obtain it illegally on the streets, and it is sometimes also abused by people who do have a prescription. It isn’t always easy to tell when someone is abusing Adderall, because they may simply appear to be very alert, energetic and productive. A person who seeks out stimulants may be a highly motivated and ambitious individual. It’s not uncommon to find college students or young adults with professional jobs abusing Adderall.
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teen drug use

25 Apr Prescription Stimulant Abuse Often Begins in High School

According to popular belief, prescription stimulant abuse usually begins during a person’s college years. But a new published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows that the practice may actually begin in high school. Researchers led by Elizabeth Austic, PhD, at the University of Michigan Injury Center analyzed survey data from over 240,000 teens and young adults. The findings showed that the peak age for abusing prescription stimulants was between 16 and 19 years of age, with some cases occurring as early as middle school.  Additionally, those aged 20 to 21 had the same rate of starting to use stimulants as those who were 13 and 14 years old. According to the study’s results, the rate of abuse was twice as high among women as it was among men. While both sexes  referred to improved academic performance and the feelings of “getting high” as their motivation for abuse, women seemed to favor prescription diet pills while men were drawn more to prescription attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs such as Adderall. Caucasian and Native American teens were more likely to misuse of stimulants than other racial and ethnic groups.
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alcohol and depression

27 Mar Self-Medicating With Alcohol Can Make Anxiety Worse

A topic was raised recently: “I have two friends who drink to relax vs. taking prescription medications. They feel it’s cheaper, easier and has no side effects.” It is common practice among people who face depression and anxiety to use alcohol to self-medicate without realizing the negative effects of alcohol and depression/anxiety. When emotions become unpleasant, some choose to mask the feelings, anticipating that they will become intolerable. A low threshold for discomfort is one factor that contributes to this decision.
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Different Types of Alcohol

16 Feb What Do You Mean I Can Never Drink Again?

When you have had one too many disastrous experiences under the influence of alcohol, you realize that it’s time to stop drinking. You may talk to people who are in recovery and realize that the cornerstone of Alcoholics Anonymous is abstinence. You panic. You probably don’t want to stop drinking permanently. You just want to learn how to control your drinking.
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Life Skills Training

12 Jan Life Skills Training Helps Addicted Young Adults With Failure to Launch

By Jennifer Maguire, MA, MS, LPC, ACS, CCS Clinical Director and Executive Director, Promises New Jersey

Failure to launch – the phenomenon of young adults being unable to leave home and support themselves in adult life – continues to grow, alongside the epidemic of opioid addiction among young adults. This is the population we specialize in treating at Promises New Jersey.

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Family Recovery and Relapse

06 Oct What Role Does Family Play in Drug Relapse?

When people leave a drug rehab center, they’re prepared to face dozens of well-known relapse triggers — old drug-abusing friends, stress, anger, boredom, and poor nutrition and sleep, to name a few. What they may not be on the lookout for is their relationship with their family. Yet many addiction specialists agree that family dynamics can reinforce substance abuse and increase the risk of drug relapse. Here are a few reasons why.
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