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Rap hits that epitomize hip-hop artists’ struggle with substance abuse and mental illness
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“Only once the drugs are done, that I feel like dying… that I feel like dying.” ~ Lil Wayne Artists often use creative expression to highlight the issues plaguing the society. American rap/hip-hop artists like Lil Wayne go a step further by talking about the vice-like grip of substance abuse, which is frequently flanked by […]

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While scrolling through different posts on social media platforms, one can see a variety of emoticons in action. Angry faces, ghosts, doughnuts, cigarettes, grumpy faces, broken hearts and numerous others, which are sprinkled liberally all over as people use updates to speak their mind. Generally, these colorful little shapes are stark reminders of an individual’s […]

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Dual diagnosis is a broad category in which a person suffers from both a substance abuse problem and mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Often termed as co-morbidity, co-occurring illnesses or comorbid disorders, dual diagnosis may affect an individual physically, psychologically and socially. An individual with a mental disorder may go for drugs […]

Alcohol second-most popular self-medicating option for people battling social anxiety
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“I was very shy – with strangers – I couldn’t talk to people. And I found if I had a drink, it would loosen me up. The barriers went down and I became very social. That’s what got me started.” These words from iconic American entertainer Richard “Dick” Wayne Van Dyke would shock many people, […]

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a working definition of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD) as a “process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” Recovery can be facilitated by making sure that […]

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“There are people who make a choice to use drugs; then there are those, who choose not to use drugs, but still end up being affected by the drug,” said Chief Deputy Prosecutor, Delaware County, Eric Hoffman, referring to the 26-year-old Diasha Clark. This young mother from Yorktown, Virginia, is facing charges after her 16-month-old […]

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Although most Americans battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain prefer to use cannabis-based medications to deal with their conditions, experts say that there is not much evidence that marijuana would provide them the required relief. They feel that the lack of high-quality scientific research to support the therapeutic claims of marijuana is a […]

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“When I started opening up with my family, I realized that my father never got the help he needed,” said Dan Blackman who grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania, where people battling mental disorders or substance use disorders (SUDs) had little or no recourse to professional support and treatment options. Everybody from […]

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The Justice Department (JD) headed by the Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stopped the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from acting on more than two dozen applications for marijuana cultivation for research purposes. However, acting DEA Administrator, Chuck Rosenberg, confirmed that he stands by his assertions to support marijuana-related research. It has been a year since […]

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Colombia, once infamously branded as the cocaine capital of the world, has been working for years to rectify the damage caused to its reputation at the global level. In 2000, “Plan Colombia,” a massive military and diplomatic initiative, funded by the U.S., did seem to introduce drastic changes across the drug-ravaged nation. The aim was […]