Drug Abuse Category

Supporting your child with a negative experience online

We want all children to have a safe and positive experience when they go online, but sometimes a child might be sent an image, video or message without their consent that upsets or confuses them. It can be hard to know what to say or do in these types of situations and that’s completely normal. […]

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The Connection Between Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reports that there is a “definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances” and that mental health disorder patients are responsible for the consumption of: 38 percent of alcohol 44 percent of cocaine 40 percent of cigarettes NBER also reports that people who have been diagnosed with […]

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NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)

NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) Helpline: 0800 358 3456 Email: helpline@nacoa.org.uk Website: www.nacoa.org.uk Information, advice and support for anyone affected by their parent’s drinking.

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COAP (Children of Addicted Parents and People)

COAP (Children of Addicted Parents and People) Website: www.coap.org.uk Online community for young people affected by someone else’s addiction to drugs, alcohol or addictive behaviour such as gambling.

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When Your Grandchild’s Parent Is Addicted

It’s universally understood that parents who abuse drugs or alcohol are not fully capable of taking care of their children. Addiction is a disease that hijacks the brain- when a parent’s mind is focused on chasing the next high, it leaves little room for them to put food on the table, pay the next rent […]

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Does Drug Abuse Constitute Child Abuse?

Grandparents who love their grandchildren think that they deserve parents who do not misuse drugs or alcohol, and this is true. All children deserve parents who are fully there for them. Parents are not perfect, though, and can struggle with a variety of issues. Unless a child is being injured or neglected, a parent’s substance […]

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Psychiatric symptoms and expression of glucocorticoid receptor gene in cocaine users

Background Chronic cocaine users (CU) display reduced peripheral expression of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1), which is potentially involved in stress-related psychiatric symptoms frequently occurring in CU. However, it is unknown whether psychiatric symptoms and lower NR3C1 expression are related to each other and whether reduction of drug consumption reverse them. Method At baseline, NR3C1 mRNA expression was measured […]

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Drug use in the family

International household surveys and other population estimates suggest that approximately 10 per cent of children live in households where there is parental alcohol abuse or dependence and/or substance dependence. International research indicates that parental substance misuse is a key feature of families identified by child and protective services. Although figures vary considerably, it is notable that most studies suggest […]

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Drug Abuse

My website is 5 years old today. Using the lock down to sort out some old posts and re categorize some posts. Some are a little out of date but still relevant today. Click on the links to view the posts. Grandparents sharing drugs with grandchildren What are recreational drugs? | The BMJ Epilepsy in […]

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Addiction and the Dark Triad of Personality

In this article, we review associations between the Dark Triad of personality (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) and addictive behaviors, both substance-related and non-substance-related. We summarize evidence from personality and clinical research and integrate it with prevailing models of addiction. Specifically, we discuss addictive behavior in the light of affect regulation, which is likely more relevant […]

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