An online gallery called “Faces of Meth” is a collection of police-booking photos that show how addicts progressively and drastically age. In a few short years over multiple arrest pictures, the meth users’ hair recedes, their cheeks sink and their eyes bulge. Their teeth and gums rot, and their skin is pocketed with sores and scabs from common hallucinations that bugs are crawling under their skin. Now, science has a clue about why this transformation happens. Read More
A marathon session of watching your favorite TV show sounds harmless enough. Thanks to on-demand viewing and online streaming, it’s easy to catch up on several episodes or even a whole season at a time. But binge-consuming anything — whether it’s TV, booze or food — may be a sign that something is missing in your life. One recent study linked binge-watching TV to loneliness and depression.
Addiction is not the worst possible consequence of substance abuse. If you risk abusing drugs or alcohol, you risk your life. A fatal overdose is always a possibility for anyone choosing to misuse drugs and alcohol. The biggest risk is to combine alcohol with drugs. Mixing substances is always dangerous, but certain combinations are riskier than others. If you happen to be taking any of these kinds of drugs as directed by a doctor, never mix them with drinking.
People suffering from sexual addiction will go to great lengths to hide their behaviors, but you can spot signs that something is wrong if you know what to look for.
In many cases, the secrecy and withdrawn behavior that is necessary for someone with sex addiction to hide his activities can be a clue that something is amiss. Read More
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and weapons charges in a 2013 killing for which PCP use allegedly played a role. Hernandez, who’d pleaded not guilty to the execution-style slaying, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Read More
It’s called March Madness, and it grips nearly every office on the block, every dorm on campus, every sports fan—and many non-sports fans—who have half an inkling they know anything about basketball.
The NCAA tournament is big business with an underbelly that drags victims to the dark side as well.
It’s that time of year parents of teenagers dread: spring break. Even if you are not sending your teen out into the world to go on an unchaperoned trip, you still have things to worry about. Research has shown that when teens and kids are left unsupervised, they are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like substance abuse. Without that reminder that they are being watched, many teens will take a risk and try something they know they shouldn’t. The good news is that there are concrete things you can do to keep your home-alone kids safe during spring break and to encourage them to make the right choices.
As they grow older, children naturally develop increasing levels of mastery over the skills required for verbal communication. However, some children experience a greater advancement of their verbal skills than others. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from the U.S. and Finland investigated the connection between the advanced development of verbal skills in early childhood and the risk for teen alcohol abuse. These researchers also investigated the connection between the development of advanced verbal skills in the earlier stages of childhood and teenagers’ chances of consuming alcohol frequently and getting drunk.
The right hand was a dead giveaway. When a 31-year-old man reached for his temple and tapped, he wasn’t just strumming his fingers in deep thought. He was going for his Google Glass. One problem. He wasn’t wearing the high-tech device. Read More