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Why Binge Drinking Is Such a Problem on College Campuses
A college has infamously been a time when kids experiment with drugs and alcohol and (hopefully) come out unscathed. We have traditionally looked at these years as a time when experimentation is a rite of passage into adulthood and applauded graduates for surviving. However, by viewing college alcohol and drug abuse in this manner, we have brought forth a new generation of substance abusers who need help. This begs the question: why are college students so apt to dangerously experiment? And furthermore, what can be done to further alcohol abuse prevention? Why Is College a Vulnerable Time for Drinking?  On the surface, ...

The Importance of Working out While in Recovery
Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Power of Exercise During Recovery It’s no secret that working out is beneficial for your body and mind – especially during recovery and as you determine a plan to keep from relapsing. Exercise has many scientific advantages for staying healthy, both physically and mentally. Not only will your body develop muscle mass, see an increased production of natural antibodies to combat infection, and create more endorphins for you to feel good about yourself simply, your mind will become more focused and you’ll even feel a sense of calm and well-being in your day to ...

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Risk Factors in Placer County, California
Drug and alcohol abuse present a compelling threat to public health. According to the Lewin Group, a leading health policy and consulting firm, the total economic cost of drug and alcohol abuse is about $417 billion annually. Of this, $193 billion can be attributed to illicit drug abuse. Economic costs of drug and alcohol abuse include health care, prevention costs, abuse treatment, reduced work productivity, social welfare, crime, and court-related costs. The American work ethic suffers directly from drug use, particularly with methamphetamine. The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention estimates 9.4 million Americans have used the drug at least once. Most ...

How Drugs and Alcohol Affect El Dorado County, California
California has been one of the hardest-hit states in the recent substance abuse and addiction epidemic that has grown exponentially in the nation since 2010. In the mid-1990s, the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) began working with the California Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to monitor drug and alcohol abuse in the county. During recent decades, their findings have facilitated the improvement of drug and alcohol rehab programs, and results have improved monitoring and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. In the face of the worst drug epidemic the world has seen in modern times, it is important ...

Professional, Caring Advice for Parents of Addicts
When your son or daughter starts using drugs or alcohol and requires your help, it is normal to be flooded with emotions; anger and shame can coincide with sadness and confusion. However, in order to help your child deal with his or her addiction, you must deal constructively with your own emotions. Moreover, you have to deal with both things at the same time as getting your child the help that he or she needs cannot wait. An addict is ill and every moment not in treatment is a moment that has been lost to addiction. Understand Where Control Lies Many parents ...

Rates of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Amador County, California
As of 2010, Amador County, California, was home to more than 38,000 citizens, and a recent government study of drug and alcohol related issues sheds some light on why these problems occur at a higher rate in Amador. The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs as well as the Center for Applied Research Solutions, Inc., spearheaded this study. What follows is an assessment of the findings to provide readers with statistics and insights to spread awareness about drug and alcohol abuse in their communities. Hopefully, this research will help spur local leaders to take action against the factors that enable ...