December 16, 2017

The Sackler Clan - The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

Before the Sackler Clan came to being, OxyContin was just known as an experimental drug from Germany during World War I. When Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler bought Purdue Pharmacy and advertised OxyContin to relieve strong pain, they became the 16th most richest family in the world. In Europe, 38.8% abuse opioids including OxyContin. Why does this family keep a low profile?

December 14, 2017

What it Feels Like to Have an Eating Disorder

According to Body Whys, up to 200,000 people in Ireland have an eating disorder. Eating disorders go beyond unhealthy weight loss methods but are about battling with your mind about what is or is not real.

December 12, 2017

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Alcoholism is still a problem in Ireland. According to Alcohol Action Ireland, from 1960-2001, 4.9 litres to 14.3 litres of alcohol have been drunk per person for those aged fifteen and over. There are different types of alcoholics such as functional alcoholics who appear sober in public but alcoholics in secret.

December 11, 2017

Laxative Addiction

Bulimia Nervosa is when someone with an eating disorder makes themselves vomit in order to lose weight, or turns to other methods of purging following a bingeing episode. The DSM-V looks at the full picture of bulimia nervosa as many purging behaviors like medications, excessive exercise, fasting, and laxatives. People take laxatives thinking they will lose a significant amount of weight when you are really causing a lot of damage to the body.

December 8, 2017

Substance Abuse and the Retirement Community

Many people over the age of 65 feel that once they reach the retirement stage of their lives, there is no more meaning left and that they have nothing to lose. According to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 17% of seniors over 65 have abusive prescription medicine and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc says 30% of them are given the prescription medicine.

December 8, 2017

The Festive Season.  

For many, those words mean parties, self-indulgence, excessive eating and drinking, followed by a good sporting event on the TV (with perhaps a bet or two on the outcome). Happy days.

December 7, 2017

Cough Medicine Addiction

Every substance out there, legal or illegal, can be abused. Just because something can be sold over the counter without a prescription or asking for ID does not mean that it is safe. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 3.1 million people from ages 12-25 have used cough medication in order to get high. Cough medicine addiction is on the rise because of the euphoric the medication can offer and it is easily available.

December 6, 2017

What Makes Someone Start Smoking

When you see people smoking cigarettes, you wonder what it is that causes people to want to take their first smoke and what is the appeal. According to the Center for Disease Control, 16.8% of adults smoke and there are 480,000 deaths a year in the U.S. from smoking cigarettes. It is important to avoid any triggers that can come from wanting to start smoking so that you can live a longer life and prevent getting lung cancer.

December 5, 2017

Alcoholism and Pregnancy

Anything that a pregnant mother consumes also gets consumed by her unborn child. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 10 pregnant women drink and 1 in 50 women binge drink which is more than five drinks a day. It is important for pregnant mothers to never drink during their pregnancy or to get help if they have to protect the health of your child.

December 4, 2017

Cycling in Recovery

When you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you filled up your free time by getting drunk or high. Being in recovery involves finding a better use of your free time as boredom can lead to a relapse. Riding a bicycle can is a great activity to do when you are in recovery as each ride will strengthen your body and your mind.