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Samuel L. Jackson is a Recovering Addict

Samuel L. Jackson is a Recovering Addict Whorecovering addict lighthouse Recognizes Success Depends on Sobriety

If you walk into a room full of addicts and look past the scars from their years of addiction, you’ll most likely find a lot of talent. Musicians, artists, writers, mathematicians – as a whole the addict crowd tends to be full of people who are really, really good at what they do, more so than the average person. They all share one thing in common, and that is that addiction brought them to their knees and away from their path of success. Any recovering addict will likely have a similar story for you.

Legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson is also a recovering addict. While he has had a ton of success in Hollywood, he also has had a long history of battling drug and alcohol addiction. He recently spoke to the Huffington Post about his journey from addict to A-list actor, and it brings to light the fact that addiction can affect anyone, no matter how successful they seem on the outside.

Jackson’s Addiction Struggle

Jackson, who most recently starred in “Legend of Tarzan”, has been sober since 1991. Before then, he was working hard, and performing in Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, and at the same time battling a severe addiction. In his own words, “I was a f**king drug addict and I was out of my mind a lot of the time, but I had a good reputation.” His talent was obvious, but the only thing holding his back was his addiction.

Jackson his his rock bottom when he came home from a bachelor party and passed out in his house surrounded by drugs and paraphernalia. His then 8-year-old daughter and wife found him, and he entered rehab shortly thereafter. He knew that getting sober would open new doors for him, and his wife encouraged him to do so.

His newfound sobriety did in fact blow open many doors, all of which have led to the success he has today. Being sober allowed him to focus on his own skill set and interacting with the other actors he was working with, and not solely on the audience’s reaction. Not long after he got sober, he landed a leading role opposite Wesley Snipe in Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever”, and from there his career continued to blossom.

Florida Treatment and RecoverySobriety Opens Doors to Success

Jackson draws a direct correlation between his sobriety and his success. For most addicts, it’s the same thing, although while in addiction they might wrongfully believe that they must rely on their drug or alcohol use to perform and succeed. As any recovering addict will tell you, it’s a false veil that will eventually lift, and once sobriety is achieved, many more doors will open.

There is no question that getting sober and staying on the right path opens doors that people never could have imagined were possible. The key is to take the first steps necessary to achieve sobriety, and that almost always requires treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, get the help you need as soon as possible, and your life’s possibilities will become wide open.

Mixing Alcohol and Vicodin is a Big Deal

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Alcohol and Vicodin can be a deadly combination. There are a handful of prescription drugs that people regularly take with alcohol. Vicodin and alcohol mixing is common, as is Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Adderal, and many, many others. People often take these medicines and have no idea how harmful it truly is, and that it could even lead to sudden death. Here we’re going to focus primarily on Vicodin and the dangers of mixing it with alcohol.

Most people don’t know exactly why and how combining drugs can become toxic in a person’s body even in small doses. As far as alcohol and Vicodin go, this is what happens.

The Effects of Alcohol and Vicodin on Your Body

Separately, painkillers and alcohol have very different effects. They are different chemicals that have different purposes when introduced into the body. When combined, the chemicals can interact and cause a toxic combination that overwhelms a person’s system before your body can eliminate the toxins. Think of it as your body working on overtime and it just can’t keep up.

Excessive hydrocodone in Vicodin can cause memory loss, confusion, and breathing issues, many of the same things that excessive alcohol causes. Besides acute medical emergencies like cardiac and breathing problems, combining the two drugs can have an enormously negative impact on a person’s liver.

Mixing Drugs Is Not About How Much But How Your Body Tolerates It

Taking alcohol and Vicodin together can suppress the system so much so that a person’s breathing can stop completely. The FDA advises that people who are prescribed Vicodin should not drink any alcohol at all. Every person has a different body chemistry and will have a different reaction to any foreign substance that they put in their body.

You can have two people who weigh the same and have a similar body composure. One will be able to tolerate the mixture, and the second person might slip into a coma and die from the same amount. It’s a game of Russian Roulette that no one should ever play because it just isn’t worth it.

If you have consumed alcohol and Vicodin, some warning signs of overdose include:alcohol and vicodin

  • Excessive tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slow or weak pulse
  • Lack of coordination and control
  • Falling out of consciousness
  • Disorientation.

If anyone you know exhibits these kind of symptoms after ingesting a substance, get medical help for them immediately.

It is always better to err on the side of caution when combining drugs and alcohol. If you aren’t sure, don’t do it. And by all means, if there is a warning label against drinking alcohol, stay away! Drug combinations cause so many useless deaths per year. A little vigilance could save a lot of lives.

 

Addiction Relapse After Long Sobriety

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Addiction relapse is a part of recovery, and it doesn’t matter if you have one day sober or 30 years. In a recent interview with WNYC, popular actor Jeff Daniels, known for his roles in Dumb and Dumber and The Martian, opened up about his relapse after years of sobriety and is shedding light on an issue few people understand.

Addiction Relapse Can Happen To Anyone, Anytime

If you have been to Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, you have heard the phrase “Just For Today”. What that means is that just for this day we will focus on our sobriety, we will focus on staying away from our drug of choice, we will focus on our higher power and putting our best foot forward. Because, in truth, today is all we have.

An addict or alcoholic who has ten sober years is just as close to a person with one day in the sense that they both canrelapse and recovery lighthouse reach for a drink or drug at any given moment. That is why stringing together days and living in the present is the most we can do to maintain our sobriety. Looking too far in the future will be overwhelming, and celebrating lengthy sobriety to the extreme may cause our guard to go down and the walls to come crashing down.

How Common is Relapse?

In recovery, relapse happens left and right. In the first year of recovery, more than half of people will relapse. The number become more promising after that – with 66% maintaining sobriety after they hit the year mark, and it jumps to 86% after 5 or more years. That being said, relapse is circumstantial and personal, and nothing concrete can predict or prevent relapse, besides having a strong support system and the desire to stay sober.

Addiction relapse can be heartbreaking for friends and family to watch. It’s the last thing we want for those close to us, especially after seeing how far they have come. It is important to support the person and do what you can to encourage them to get help, ideally before the relapse occurs.

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How to Handle a Relapse

If you have relapsed, the important thing is not to get into a huge downward spiral because of it. This is a time to learn from your mistakes, gather yourself up, and move forward. First of all, remove yourself from any situation or people that contributed to your relapse. Make sure to get rid of any alcohol or drug paraphernalia you might have laying around, and if needed, seek a medical detox center to help you recover back into being clean.

If a loved one has relapsed, encourage them to get help before the situation escalated. As heartbreaking as it may be, try not to be terribly outwardly angry with them, because chances are they are feeling very low, and this kind of “attack” may make them use or drink even more.

We only have today. So, let go of your mistakes from yesterday, and forget about tomorrow. Focus on being sober, happy, and positive – just for today.

Searching for a Way Out of America’s Opioid Epidemic

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Opioid abuse has become an all-American epidemic, unique to our country and widespread enough to be called a public health outbreak. Abuse covers all ages, races, classes, and genders, however, the most typical victim is a non-Hispanic Caucasian male in his mid-30s.

In emergency rooms, nurses are not surprised when new overdose patients are rolled in on stretchers. Overdose is becoming so widely common that many doctors no longer need to run lab tests to determine which drug caused it. Observations such as dilated pupils mean cocaine, amphetamines, and hallucinogens. Constricted pupils almost always point to an opiate.

Opiate abuse also causes the characteristic “nodding out”, scratching, cold and clammy skin. In the wrong amounts, overdose is always just a few breaths away – and when that breath begins to sound like a rattle – the person is officially in the midst of an overdose that all too frequently leads to death.

The thought of a loved one – anyone – dying like this is terrifying, and reality is that every 19 minutes, one person in this country dies of opioid overdose. Hydrocodone, OxyContin, and Percocet are three examples of this medication, the only one known to man that is routinely prescribed and kills patients so frequently.

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How Did The Opioid Epidemic Get So Bad?

The United States is embarrassingly leading the charge in opioid abuse. 75% of the world’s opioid prescription drugs are prescribed here, and it is the number one cause of preventable death. We can’t point our fingers in one direction to place blame, however, certain pharmaceutical companies and doctors certainly had a heavy hand in leading to these statistics.

The FDA was misled for years about the true nature of opioid dependence so that big pharmaceutical companies could sell more drugs and make more money. Doctors often turn a blind eye to the reality of these drugs, accepting lame scientific data and continue writing out prescriptions, ignoring the obvious red flags.

Some staggering facts include:

  • 259 million opioid prescriptions are written yearly – enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills
  • 91% of people who survived an overdose are able to get a new prescription, often from the same doctor
  • 80% of heroin users started off using pain pills
  • As many as 4.2 million Americans have reported using heroin at least once
  • 94% of respondents in a 2014 survey of people in treatment said they chose to use heroin because prescription opioids were more expensive and difficult to obtain.
  • Heroin overdose deaths in women have tripled in the past few years.

 

Opioid AbusePutting an End to Prescription Abuse

The opioid industry has gotten so huge that it will take a long time to shift practices and make a positive change. As policy makers start to learn about the epidemic – and it can’t be ignored for much longer – they will begin to modify regulations. Small changes can already be seen, pills coming with safeguards to make them more difficult to abuse, the Centers for Disease Control recommending doctors not to prescribe opioids for chronic pain, monitoring of controlled substances, but much of the responsibility lies with each doctor.

Doctors need to discuss options and the realities of addiction with their patients and be more vigilant in what and how they are prescribing medications. Expectations must be set, and follow up is necessary. Knowing more about a patient’s history is key – for example, if a patient has a history of drug or alcohol abuse, they should never be prescribed addictive drugs. Opioids should always be considered an end-of-the-line resource instead of the first thing handed out.

Those of us in recovery are tired of hearing about friends and loved ones overdosing. We are sick of the same familiar and sad story. It isn’t too late to make a change, but in order for the severity of this to end, doctors need to step up and tighten up their prescription policies.

 

Gambling Addiction – Myths and Facts

What is Gambling Addiction?

Gambling is a human vice – one that, like other vices, has the potential to overwhelm innate morality and truly get the better of us. While some may gamble to excess despite an ability to stop (the thought of easy money is appealing until one recognizes that the house always wins), others may have lost the ability to control their gambling somewhere along the line. Because gambling is so diverse, gambling addiction can crop up in many different forms. Some gambling addicts may buy scratch-off lotto tickets compulsively, while still others may spend hours playing poker online. The addiction may initially arise for a number of reasons. Perhaps an individual finds him or herself in a financial tight spot, or one night out at the casino with friends leads to an unforgettable adrenaline rush – which leads, in turn, to a mental obsession. Because gambling addiction is a behavioral addiction, and behavioral addictions are widely misunderstood, there are many myths surrounding the potentially devastating compulsion. Take a look at some of the most common myths below and their corresponding legitimacies, and decide for yourself whether or not you need to seek help for a compulsive gambling problem.

Compulsive Gambling Myths and Facts

Myth: Those who suffer from from gambling addiction will engage in gambling every day.

Fact: This not the case. Some compulsive gamblers may successfully limit their gambling to the weekends for a prolonged period of time. Because gambling addiction is so diverse, it is sometimes exceedingly simple to keep secret. Those who engage in compulsive online poker playing may be able to hide their involvement more easily than those who are hitting the casino multiple times a week.

Myth: If the gambler has enough money to support his or her habit, it isn’t necessarily an issue.

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Fact: This is far from true – financial consequences are only a very small portion of the comprehensive devastation caused by gambling addiction. Even those who do not put themselves into debt will be forced to deal with interpersonal, work-related, emotional, and psychological repercussions. The devastation is vast and extensive.

Myth: If someone close to you suffers from gambling addiction and accrues a massive debt, it is okay for you to help them pay that debt off – so long as they remain in recovery.

Fact: Bailing your loved one out of debt is a great way to enable them, leading to an exacerbation of addictive behaviors. It is best to set boundaries and to allow your loved one to deal the consequences of his or her own actions.

Myth: Partners of problem gamblers often lead their significant others to gamble, and should take a serious look at their own role in the situation.

Fact: Those who suffer from gambling addiction will look for something or someone to put the blame on. It is important to recognize that gambling addiction, like other behavioral addictions, stems from some deep-seated underlying issues. These issues could range from untreated psychological disorders to past emotional trauma, and are typically treated with intensive therapy in an inpatient treatment setting.

Myth: It’s usually easy to spot an addictive gambler.

Fact: This behavior is actually especially easy for people to hide. It is far easier to hide compulsive gambling issues than it is to hide a severe chemical dependency, seeing as physical symptoms are not nearly as obvious and extensive.

Gambling Addiction Treatment

Many individuals who suffer from gambling addiction concurrently struggle with a substance dependency disorder – for this reason, dual diagnosis treatment is an ideal option. We at Lighthouse Recovery Institute deal with addictions of all kinds, focusing on the unique needs of each individual client. We utilize a comprehensive and specially designed treatment program, employing proven therapeutic methods with holistic care and treating the mind, body, and soul inclusively. For more information on our specific program of recovery, please call today.

Finding Drugs in Your Child’s Room

Teenagers and Drugs

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Teens and drugs go hand in hand. While the chemicals on the street today may be different than those from 100 years ago (morphine and alcohol → bath salts and spice), teens were still using and abusing substances a century ago.

So teenagers and drugs are fairly common. That still doesn’t make it any easier to find drugs in your child’s room. The experience of finding a foreign substance in you kid’s pocket, or hidden beneath their mattress, is freighting and overwhelming.

We’ve been there and we understand! It’s an earth shattering experience to learn your child has been using drugs.

Here’s the important part – it’s not the end of the world! It’s scary, but finding out your teen has been using drugs isn’t a death sentence.

Teenage drug use doesn’t mean your child is going to end up destitute and on the streets. Teen drug use doesn’t mean your kid is going to end up selling your jewelry or their body. Teenage drug use doesn’t mean anything other than your child is experimenting.

Remember, there’s a huge difference between experimentation and abuse. There’s also a large difference between abuse and addiction.

Finding drugs in your teen’s room doesn’t mean anything other than you found drugs in your teen’s room. Read on to learn the hard facts and statistics about teenagers and drugs. You may just be surprised.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Lighthouse today! We have over thirty years of experience treating substance abuse and its many associated issues. We’ve experts when it comes to addressing and solving them!

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Teen Drug Use Facts & Statistics

All facts taken from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Survey. Find facts and statistics about teenage drug abuse below:

  • There’s been a decrease over the last several years in teenagers’ use of alcohol, nicotine, opioids, inhalants, and synthetic drugs. There’s also been no increase in the use of marijuana, despite several states legalizing it for recreational use by adults.

 

  • That being said, the most popular drug among teens is by far marijuana. 8th graders are twice as likely to smoke pot than use any other drug and 12th graders are almost five times as likely.

 

 

  • The most used drugs among 12th graders are marijuana, Adderall, synthetic marijuana (spice), Vicodin, and tranquilizers (benzo’s).

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  • Despite being in the midst of a painkiller epidemic, only 2% of 8th graders have used prescription opioids.

 

  • Similarly, only 8.1% of 12th graders have ever used prescription opioids.

 

  • Despite also being in the middle of a heroin epidemic, almost no teenagers are abusing it. The latest numbers put both 8th graders and 12th graders at under 0.7% rates of heroin abuse.

 

  • Alcohol use is also significantly lower in teens than commonly thought. 9% of 8th graders and 37.4% of 12th graders reported drinking in the prior month.

 

Having looked at some of the more common facts and statistics about teenagers and drug use, let’s turn our attention to action. That is – what do you do after finding drugs in your child’s room?

Teen Drug Addiction Treatment

At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “that’s good information, but what do I do next? I just found a bag of pot in my kid’s closet…what now?”

Fair enough, that’s a good question. The first thing any parent should do after finding drugs in their teen’s possession is to talk to them!

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Sit down and have an honest conversation with your child. Find out what they’ve been using, how often they use, how long they’ve been using, and, in the case of powder drugs like cocaine or heroin, how they administer the drug.

Afterwards, tell them about your own experience, however limited or large, with drug use. Tell the reasons you don’t want them to use drugs and ask them the reasons they are using.

Although that conversation isn’t going to be easy, it’s the only step needed in 99% of cases. Seriously, you’d be amazed how far an open and honest talk can go.

If your child isn’t able to stop, or doesn’t want to, the next step is reaching out to the professionals. That could take the form of searching the internet for answers (which is probably how you ended up on this page), calling addiction specialists, or talking to friends and relatives who’ve gone through similar struggles.

With that in mind, call Lighthouse today! Our dedicated and expert addiction professionals have experience with just about every situation under the sun. They have the answer to just about every question you could ask!

Finally, take a deep breath and remember that both you and your child are going to be okay. Learning your teen is using drugs is scary, but it isn’t the end of the world. In fact, in cases where you can talk to your child and have that honest conversation, it’s the beginning of a new chapter in your relationship.

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Kratom Addiction: Real Facts and Statistics Behind an Emerging Drug Trend

Written By: Fiona Stockard

Kratom Addiction Facts and Statistics

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Kratom’s public profile has recently blown up. It seems everywhere you look there are reports of “a deadly new drug,” or “a legal drug that’s stronger than heroin.” With all this information, it’s hard to figure out which kratom addiction facts are true and which are hype.

It doesn’t help that kratom addiction is a relatively new phenomenon or that hard facts about kratom addiction are almost non-existent. So, which kratom addiction facts are real? Which kratom addiction statistics are true?

Find out true facts about kratom addiction below!

Kratom Addiction Facts

Find seven kratom addiction facts below:

• Kratom possess opioid like properties, but isn’t an opioid.

• Kratom has been shown to have a low potential for abuse. However, when chemicals such as o-desmethyltramadol are mixed with kratom, it becomes very addicting.

• Kratom is unregulated by the federal government, though several states are beginning to pass legislation controlling its use. Because of kratom’s unregulated status, users are never sure exactly what chemicals they’re getting.

• Kratom contains over twenty-five different alkaloids, including: mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and paynanthine. These alkaloids are what give kratom its euphoric properties.

• Kratom’s alkaloids bind to the mu and kappa opioid receptors. The mu opioid receptor is what makes kratom physically addictive. In 2004, a study on mice found that 7-hydroxymitragynine produced withdrawal symptoms similar to morphine.

• Two popular forms of kratom, red-vein leaf and white-vein leaf, produce different euphoric effects. Red-vein leaf, also know as Maeng-Da kratom, produces a stimulant like high. Strangely enough, at larger doses it produces a depressant high. White-vein leaf kratom always produces a speedy, stimulant like high.

• The typical dose of kratom extract is three to five grams. However, as tolerance develops, users may need to take upwards of ten grams. Raw kratom requires upwards of twenty grams to produce psychoactive effects.

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Kratom Addiction Statistics

Find five kratom addiction statistics below:

• It’s estimated that over 70% of the male population in Southern Thailand uses kratom. This may be due to kratom long history of use by indigenous peoples of Thailand.

• Upon analyzing kratom leaf, researchers found it possessed between 1% and 6% mitragynine. They also found it possessed between .01% and .04% 7-hydroxymitragynine.

• One study found 50% of long-term (six months or longer) kratom users experienced severe withdrawal symptoms. 45% experienced mild withdrawal symptoms and 5% were unaffected.

• In the same study, over 80% of kratom users attempted to stop their use, but were unable.

• There have been three verified reports of death related to kratom addiction. In all three of these cases, kratom was mixed with other drugs and the exact cause of death is unknown.

What Do These Kratom Addiction Facts and Statistics Mean For You?

These statistics and facts about kratom addiction show that kratom isn’t the devil drug it’s made out to be. Yes, kratom addiction is a real public-health concern. Yes, kratom addiction has potentially harmful effects. But it simply isn’t killing people left and right, as the media portrays.

Remember, kratom has a low potential for abuse! However, when unknown chemicals are added, it becomes a whole different beast. Kratom use is also harmful to those suffering from addiction. Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s not a relapse!

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Dextromethorphan (DXM) Abuse: Accurate Facts and Statistics

Written By: Fiona Stockard

Dextromethorphan Abuse Facts and Statistics

dextromethorphan abuse facts Dextromethorphan (DXM) abuse is a growing drug trend among adolescents and young adults. This is due, in no small part, to the availability of products containing DXM. This availability makes it hard to gather dextromethorphan abuse facts and dextromethorphan abuse statistics.

Which facts about dextromethorphan abuse are true? Which DXM abuse statistics matter? Learn accurate dextromethorphan abuse facts and statistics today!

Dextromethorphan Abuse Facts

Find six dextromethorphan abuse facts below:

• DXM is a dissociative hallucinogen. This means it belongs to the same family of drugs as Ketamine and PCP.

• DXM is found in over 120 OTC medications.

• Many of these medications contain other active ingredients, which are harmful in large doses. These ingredients include: acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine maleate, guaifenesin, and phenylephrine hydrochloride.

• The combination of DXM and antidepressants can be deadly. Research shows that DXM mixed with SSRI’s and MAOI’s (the two major types of antidepressants) can result in Serotonin Syndrome.

• There are four stages, or plateaus, which can occur during a DXM high. The first plateau consists of mild stimulation. The second plateau consists of hallucinations. The third plateau is similar to the second, but more intense. The fourth plateau consists of major, out-of-body experiences. These plateaus vary based on how much DXM someone consumes.

• In addition to the four plateaus associated with DXM abuse, there’s something know as plateau stigma. This is when the user has a near-death experience and is generally described as frightening and uncomfortable.

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Dextromethorphan Abuse Statistics

Find six dextromethorphan abuse statistics below:

• Nationwide surveys have reported that up to 10% of adolescents engage in DXM abuse.

• Between 1999 and 2004, calls to California poison control centers about DXM abuse rose tenfold.

• Also between 1999 and 2004, calls to poison control centers in California regarding adolescent (ages nine to seventeen) DXM abuse rose fifteen-fold.

• In 2006, respiratory agents sent over 28,000 people to the ER. While these hospitalizations weren’t all due to DXM abuse, it’s safe to say that a large portion were.

• In 2009, 5.9% of high school seniors, 6% of high school sophomores, and over 3% of 8th graders reported engaging in DXM abuse.

• Between 5% and 10% of Caucasians don’t metabolize DXM properly. This leads to Caucasians being at increased risk for DXM overdose and other harmful effects.

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What Do These Dextromethorphan Abuse Facts and Statistics Mean For You?

These statistics and facts about dextromethorphan abuse are cause for concern! DXM abuse is increasing and something needs to be done. While it’s impractical to schedule DXM, there should be restrictions placed upon its purchase. Some state governments, notably California, are already monitoring and limiting the sale of DXM.

The above facts about dextromethorphan abuse also show that public awareness of the drug is growing. This is the first step to combating widespread DXM abuse.

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Marijuana Abuse: True Facts and Statistics About the Most Popular Illegal Drug

Written By: Fiona Stockard

Marijuana Abuse Facts and Statistics

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Marijuana’s the most popular illegal drug around. This is true today and has been true for decades.

Marijuana’s popularity, among other reasons, has lead to A LOT of false information. Case in point is the old movie Reefer Madness. So, what’s the truth? What are real marijuana abuse facts? What are accurate marijuana abuse statistics?

Discover true marijuana abuse facts and statistics today!

Marijuana Abuse Facts

Find eight marijuana abuse facts below:

• Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the world. More people use and abuse marijuana than any other illegal substance.

• There are three main types of marijuana: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis sativa forma indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.

•Marijuana belongs to the Cannabaceae family of flowering plants. This is the same family as hops and hackberries. So, beer and marijuana are actually brothers or, at least, second-cousins.

• The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. However, there are over sixty other psychoactive chemicals in marijuana. These are called cannabinoids and include cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabigerol (CBG).

•Cannabinoids are incredibly lipid soluble. This means it’s rapidly absorbed into fat tissue and accounts for the long period of time marijuana can be detected in the body.

• Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance by U.S. drug laws. This means it has no medical use and a high potential for abuse. However, twenty-four states have legalized medical marijuana. Additionally, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

• There are eight medical conditions for which patients are commonly prescribed medical marijuana. These are: cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, muscle spasms, seizures, severe pain (usually due to cancer or AIDS), sever nausea (usually due to chemotherapy), and wasting syndrome (dramatic weight loss and muscle atrophy, usually due to late stage cancer and AIDS).

• Medical marijuana is sometimes prescribed in pill form. There are two THC containing pills currently approved by the FDA. These are Marinol and Cesamet.

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Marijuana Abuse Statistics

Find eleven marijuana abuse statistics below:

• NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) identified marijuana as the most commonly abuse drug in the world. In 2008, between 120 and 190 million people used marijuana at least once. This breaks down to between 2.9% and 3.4% of the entire world’s population.

• In 2007, a study reported that upwards of fourteen million Americans engaged in marijuana abuse during the past month.

• It’s estimated that 1% of American adults abuse marijuana. This breaks down to roughly thirty-five million adults.

• According to a 2014 PEW research study, 52% of Americans think marijuana should be legal.

• Approximately 9% of those who abuse marijuana become addicted, or mentally dependent, on it.

• In 2008, marijuana accounted for over 320,000 treatment center admissions. This breaks down to about 17% of all drug rehab admissions.

• Also in 2008, marijuana abuse sent upwards of 370,000 people to the ER.

• In 2012, the average concentration of THC in marijuana was about 15%. This is a dramatic increase from the 4% THC concentration of the 80’s.

• THC oil extracts (either hash oil or the new trend of dabbing) are approximately four times stronger than traditional marijuana. This means the average concentration of THC in oil extracts is around 60%.

• In 2012, over 745,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana related offenses.

•Approximately 22 million pounds of marijuana are grown each year in the United States.

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What Do These Marijuana Abuse Facts and Statistics Mean For You?

These statistics and facts about marijuana abuse show a few trends. First, marijuana abuse is popular as ever! Marijuana’s the most abused drug in the world. It has been for a long time and will, most likely, continue to be for years to come.

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There’s also, in the U.S., a growing push towards legalization. These marijuana abuse facts tell us that twenty-four states have legal medical marijuana, four have legal recreational marijuana, and over 50% of American’s favor legalization. This may be a good thing. Because of marijuana’s popularity, regulations could help many users avoid dangerous situations (while purchasing and ingesting the drug).

These facts about marijuana abuse show that cannabis is becoming stronger. Compare a 4% THC concentration in the 1980’s to a 15% THC concentration today. That’s a dramatic increase. That’s just in traditional marijuana, too. Extracts, edibles, and other forms of marijuana are much more potent.

While considering the increasing strength of marijuana, the push towards legalization could be beneficial. Again, regulations and uniform potency will allow users to know exactly what they’re eating, smoking, or vaporizing.

Finally, these statistics and facts about marijuana abuse show that cannabis isn’t as dangerous as it’s made out to be. Yes, drug abuse of any kind is dangerous. However, with a slim 9% of those who use and abuse marijuana becoming addicted to it, marijuana addiction simply isn’t the major public health concern media outlets portray it as.

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Diet Pill Addiction: True Facts and Statistics About These Dangerous Pills

Written By: Fiona Stockard

Diet Pill Addiction Facts and Statistics

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Each year, the diet pill industry is estimated to produce between twenty and forty billion dollars of revenue. At any given time, there are over one hundred million dieters in the US. Those are some large numbers!

Because it’s such a huge business, accurate diet pill addiction facts aren’t easy to find. Likewise, diet pill addiction statistics are often skewed.

So, what are real diet pill addiction facts? Which diet pill addiction statistics matter? Learn the true facts about diet pill addiction today!

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Diet Pill Addiction Facts

Find seven diet pill addiction facts below:

• The FDA doesn’t regulate over-the-counter diet pills. This means there’s no way of knowing what’s really in dietary supplements, herbal weight-loss remedies, etc.

• Prescription and OTC diet pills are only intended for use by people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity. Those looking to shed a few pounds should NOT take diet pills.

• After six months, the body develops a tolerance to diet pills and weight loss stops.

• Appetite-suppressants, a popular type of diet pill, trick the brain into thinking you’ve just eaten a large meal.

• Prescription fat blockers, another popular type of diet pill, take some fat from food just eaten and expel it through bowel movements.

• Popular OTC diet pills include ingredients like: herbal ephedra, caffeine, guarana, psyllium, green tea, guar gum, glucomannan, hydroxycitric acid, and chitosan.

• Various prescription drugs are used off-label as diet aids. These include topiramate, zonisamide, metformin, and some antidepressants.

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Diet Pill Addiction Statistics

Find eight diet pill addiction statistics below:

• One in three overweight individuals admit to using diet pills.

• Fen-Phen, an infamous prescription diet pill from the 1990’s, was the first blockbuster weight loss drug. In 1996, over eighteen million people used Fen-Phen.

• A study conducted in 1997 showed sibutramine, a popular appetite suppressant, increased the risk of heart attack and stroke by 16%

• Between 1998 and 2003, forty-nine people died as a result of taking sibutramine.

• In 2003, over 150 people died as a result of taking ephedra, a now banned ingredient in diet pills.

• As of 2005, there were over one hundred new diet pills in development. Add this to the thousands of supplements already available and we begin to see the full scope of diet pill use.

• In 2006, caffeine sent over 4,000 people to the ER.

• Also in 2006, appetite suppressants sent over 1,100 people to the ER.

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What Do These Diet Pill Addiction Facts and Statistics Mean For You?

These statistics and facts about diet pill addiction mean only one thing – we need to find a healthier way to lose weight!

The bottom line is that diet pills don’t work for sustained, healthy weight-loss. They may help someone shed a few pounds, but at what cost? If a pill is going to help you lose five pounds and send you to the ER, is it worth it? Not to mention, weight lost with diet pills returns when you stop taking the pills.

The above statistics and facts about diet pill addiction also show that there needs to be FDA oversight. Remember, the FDA doesn’t monitor OTC diet pills. Without some sort of regulation, harmful ingredients will continue to be used.

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