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SUBSTANCE ABUSE-new links and information

New Information-

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Families:

My daughter, Alicia, found a great page on teens and opiods while helping me research, Please click the yellow link.

Thanks you Alicia.





Every time I wonder whether or not my site is helping anyone, I get a little reminder.

This one was from a student working on a project about Substance abuse. Please click the link for some new information. 

Thank you Dakota.


I actively try to stay up-to-date on one of the most critical health crises of our time — the opioid epidemic — but I came across this article from the New York Times and learned a few new things:

We’ve lost more than 300,000 people from opioid overdoses in the last 15 years
Opioid abuse is partially responsible for the increased number of children in the foster care system
Many people simply can’t afford the treatment they need for their addiction (no surprise there), and many states don’t have any kind of assistance program to help them

I really don’t have the answers on how to solve this problem, but I think sharing information and offering our support is a good start. I hope you’ll post as many of these articles as you can on your site, since this is clearly a cause that’s important to you too. (Maybe you can add them to this page or one like it: .)

The 45 Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

How to Identify if Your Teen is Stealing Your Prescription Drugs

Is Your Home an Accomplice for Your Rebellious Teen?

What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs: For Teens and Young Adults

Helping an Adult Family Member or Friend with a Drug or Alcohol Problem

Who Suffers from Addiction?: Husbands and Wives

Nine Reasons to Go to Rehab Today

Home After Rehab: The Guide to Finding the Right Place for Recovery

Divorce and Addiction-Getting help

Addiction is a progressive disease that gradually weakens a marriage, undermining the commitment each partner made to the other. Without professional help, the damage from drug or alcohol abuse can build up to the point where the marriage isn’t salvageable.

Though marriage can be a protective factor against substance abuse, substance abuse and addiction can be a severe risk factor for marriage troubles and ultimately lead to divorce. Research has found that excessive alcohol or drug abuse is the third most common reason why for divorce.
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This email came today and gave all the reason I needed to keep this site going. As a retired teacher, our youth are important to me. I was sent a link to add which I hope will help many. I am very grateful.


My name is xxx and I wanted to email you on behalf of my Health Class tutor group.  We really enjoyed your page, ... it helped us with our group project on Drug Abuse.  You have some great resources on there!  Mrs. P (our group tutor) suggested we write to you to thank you, and tell you how helpful we found it.

We wanted to thank you, and share with you another resource that we found to be useful, 'Know the Facts on Drugs Abuse', .  It has really great information, and would fit perfectly with your other resources.  It could also help your other visitors!

I would love to check it out if you do include it so I can show my group!  And share it with Mrs. P. so she could show it to her future tutor groups.

Anyways, thanks again for the great resources, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Teaching,
Mrs. P's Health Class Tutor Group

THANK YOU-I thought it best to keep their names and location confidential unless told otherwise.


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Should I Worry About My Teen Doing Drugs?
In many cases, drugs in the 21st century have become more potent than they were a generation ago. Access to drugs in schools has also gotten easier, now ubiquitous on campus grounds and at teen social events.

Several commonly abused drugs among teens are even found in their own households and may even be prescribed to them by their doctor. In fact, 20 percent of parents say they’ve given their teen a prescription drug that wasn’t prescribed for them. And sometimes, a seemingly casual act like this can carry many long-term implications.

A drug problem may be something your teen never has to go through, but history has proven that drugs can affect anyone at anytime. In fact, the teen drug use statistics are hard to ignore. Studies have shown that 40 percent of 12th graders, 30 percent of 10th graders and 13 percent of 8th graders have used a drug in the past year. This adds up to millions of young people. Even if your teen doesn’t use drugs, it’s likely they at least know someone who does.


Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance

for mood-altering purposes. Medline's medical encyclopedia defines drug abuse as

"the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes

other than those for which they are indicated or in a manner or in quantities other than directed."

But the broad range of substance abuse in today's society is not that simple.

There are substances that can be abused for their mood-altering effects that are not drugs at all --

inhalants and solvents -- and there are drugs that can be abused that have no mood-altering or

intoxication properties, such as anabolic steroids.

Illegal drugs are not the only substances that can be abused. Alcohol, prescription and

over-the-counter medications, inhalants and solvents, and even coffee and cigarettes,

can all be used to harmful excess. Theoretically, almost any substance can be abused.

For many substances, the line between use and abuse is not clear. Is having a couple of

drinks every day after work to unwind use or abuse? Is drinking two pots of coffee in

the morning to get your day started use or abuse? Generally in these situations, only the

individual himself can determine where use ends and abuse begins

substance abuses, plural

  1. Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, esp. alcohol or drugs


Web definitions
  • excessive use of drugs

  • Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, maladaptive pattern of use of a substance
  •  that is not considered dependent. The term "drug abuse" does not exclude dependency,
  •  but is otherwise used in a similar manner in nonmedical contexts. ...

  • Substance Abuse is a Los Angeles based hip-hop group consisting of the duo Subz (Justin Hollingsworth) and Eso Tre (John Heath). Their debut album, Overproof, was released in
  • 2006, and features cameos from Kool Keith, MF Doom, Motion Man, Saafir, and Rasco. ...

  • This is a list of episodes for the anime series Eureka Seven. The series ran for a total
  • of fifty episodes, as well as a recap special titled "Navigation ray=out", which recaps
  •  the first half of the series. ...…

  • Refers to overeating, cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, or drug abuse.

  • any use of a substance that causes a physical, mental, emotional, legal or social problem.…

  • Misuse of medications, alcohol or other illegal substances.

  • Alcohol, drug or chemical abuse, overuse or dependency.

  • means the use of alcohol or a psychoactive substance for other than medicinal purposes
  • which impairs the physical, mental, emotional, occupational, or social well-being of the user.
  • [HRO Part 7, Chapter 1, Employee Assistance Program]

  • Gay men abuse substances at a higher rate than the general population, and not just in larger communities such as New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

  • a pattern of behaviour where a person relies excessively on a particular substance (e.g. alcohol or opioids such as heroin) which can ultimately interfere with the individuals daily functioning.

  • A general term referring to the abuse of alcohol, drugs or both. (363)

  • in this document, refers to “a maladaptive pattern of substance use manifested by recurrent and significant adverse consequences related to the repeated use of substances.”[21]

  • means the use, sale, or possession of illegal drugs, or the abuse of prescription and
  •  over-the-counter drugs, or the abuse of alcohol.…

  • The use of legal (such as alcohol and cigarettes) and illegal (e.g. cannabis) drugs in a
  • manner which is physically harmful or damaging to functioning e.g. ability to be able
  • to parent or to function at work. Damage to relationships or legal consequences can also
  •  be features of substance abuse.

  • According to the DSM-IV, “Abuse” is worse than “use” of a substance, but not as severe as Dependence of a substance. ...

  • Substance abuse is defined as the illegal, wrongful, or improper use, possession, transfer or introduction onto a military base of any drug. ...

  • is the self-administration of drugs in ways that cause serious social, legal, or interpersonal
  • problems. (see The Varying Effects of Drugs)…

  • The uncontrollable or excessive abuse of addictive substances, such as (but not limited to)
  • alcohol, drugs or other chemicals and the resultant physiological and/or psychological
  •  dependency which develops with continued use.

  • The taking of alcohol or other drugs at dosages that place a person's social, economic,
  • psychological and physical welfare in potential hazard, or endanger public health, morals,
  • safety or welfare, or a combination thereof. Also called chemical dependency.

  • Substance Abuse is defined as a maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically
  •  significant impairment or distress as manifested by one (or more) of the following, occurring
  • within a 12-month period:

  • Maladaptive use of legal and illegal substances, resulting in disruption of school, employment, relationships, health, etc.

  • regular use of a drug other than for its accepted medical purpose or in doses greater than those con-sidered appropriate.

  • Concerned with alcohol, tobacco and other drug addiction.…

  • a pattern of drug abuse that diminishes the ability to fulfil responsibilities at home,
  •  work or school that results in repeated use of a drug in dangerous situations or that
  •  leads to legal difficulties related to drug use

A Widespread Problem
Millions of Americans have drinking problems, ranging from occasional abuse to alcohol dependence.

What Is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism has little to do with what kind of alcohol one drinks, how long one has been drinking, or even exactly how much alcohol one consumes.

What Is Alcohol Abuse?
Alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism, but it is still harmful consumption of alcohol.

What Are the Signs of a Problem?
The effects of alcohol abuse can be extremely serious -- even fatal -- both to you and to others.

The Decision To Get Help
The sooner you seek help, the better your chances of recovery.

Getting Well
While alcoholism is a treatable disease, a cure is not yet available.

New Directions
The goal of this alcoholism research is to develop more effective ways of treating and preventing alcohol problems.

Organizations you can contact formore information on alcohol abuse and alcoholism.


70 Best Quotes for Addiction Recovery
by Staff on September 5, 2014 in For Yourself, Living Sober, Taking Care of Yourself 9
If you’re struggling to overcome an addiction, no one needs to tell you it’s tough – you’re living it. Sometimes you could use a few encouraging words to remind you that you’re not in this alone and that, yes, change really is possible. With that in mind, here are 70 quotes for those in recovery, each designed to shine a little light when things look dark.

Best Addiction Recovery Quotes
“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Brontë
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb
“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” – Carrie Fisher
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
“It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.” – Russell Brand
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford




Some people are able to use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For many others, substance use can cause problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, leaving you feeling isolated, helpless, or ashamed.

If you’re worried about your own or a friend or family member’s drug use, it’s important to know that help is available. Learning about the nature of drug abuse and addiction—how it develops, what it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold—will give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it.

In This Article:


Understanding drug use, drug abuse, and addiction

People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Use doesn’t automatically lead to abuse, and there is no specific level at which drug use moves from casual to problematic. It varies by individual. Drug abuse and addiction is less about the amount of substance consumed or the frequency, and more to do with the consequences of drug use. No matter how often or how little you’re consuming, if your drug use is causing problems in your life—at work, school, home, or in your relationships—you likely have a drug abuse or addiction problem.