Tag Archives: Health Risks

Pain Medication After Surgery: Avoiding Addiction to Rx Drugs
Now that the opioid epidemic has become front-page news, many people are questioning the safety of taking prescription painkillers, which can be highly addictive. However, in some cases, such as after surgery, pain relief is a very real need that must be addressed – and prescription opioids may be the best way to alleviate that pain. First, let’s touch briefly on why prescription painkiller addiction is so dangerous. Then we’ll look at the latest scientific findings of how to manage pain after surgery while avoiding painkiller addiction. How Avoiding Painkiller Addiction After Surgery Can Prevent Heroin Addiction The opioid epidemic includes addiction to ...

All the Wrong Reasons People Try to Detox at Home
Substance abuse wreaks havoc on the body and mind. After acknowledging the problem exists, the first step toward sobriety is detoxification, the process of removing the drugs and alcohol from a person’s system after their final dose or last drink. During this time, the symptoms of withdrawal are at their peak, as is the chance of fatal medical complications. Elevate Addiction Services wants everyone struggling with addiction to understand the importance of medical intervention during detox, and to avoid the temptation to try to save money by trying home detox. Why Would Anyone Choose Home Detox? Despite the risks, many people with substance abuse ...

How to Talk to Teens About Prescription Pills
All parents inevitably have to have a talk with their children concerning drugs. As children grow older, they are more likely to encounter different types of drugs through friends and schoolmates, and it’s important that they understand the risks of experimenting with alcohol and other drugs. The dangers of most illicit drugs are well-known, but many teens don’t recognize the inherent dangers of prescription medications. Since prescription pills are legal, many people across all age default to assuming they are safe. Starting the Conversation About Prescription Drugs When it’s time to talk to your teen about the dangers of prescription pills, refer to ...

Start the Talk With Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, and chances are your kids are already wondering about them. Our children are bombarded daily with images and ideas about drugs and alcohol. Whether through the grocery store, television commercials, friends, school, or even family members who take prescribed medications, our children are constantly being given ideas about these substances. With colorful prescription medications appearing like candy, flavored tobacco and alcohol products, and street drugs catching trendy nicknames, it can seem overwhelming to shield your children from the road to abusing drugs and alcohol. However, it is not too late ...

How Binge Drinking Affects Your Body and How to Stop
The Effects of Binge Drinking on the Body Many people, especially college students, engage in binge drinking either to combat stress or simply to party. But heavy alcohol consumption, even from one night of binge drinking, can lead to serious health consequences. Read the infographic below to see how alcohol affects your body. Then keep reading to learn some effective ways to relax, have fun and manage your stress and emotions without resorting to heavy drinking. Why Do People Binge Drink? Before you even started reading this, you probably already knew that binge drinking isn’t good for your health. Drinking is one of those ...

Diseases and Ailments Linked to Intravenous Drug Use
Education is a key factor in reducing the growing number of overdoses and drug-related deaths. Sharing information with the community is paramount because substance abuse takes many forms and people can consume drugs in several different ways. For example, illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin can be smoked, snorted or ingested. In cases where increasingly large doses are required to achieve their desired high, those struggling with drug addiction with often turn to taking drugs intravenously, injecting chemicals directly into the bloodstream. Intravenous drug use poses multiple, potentially fatal health risks to drug users. Understanding these risks more fully makes ...