Report: “Heavy Drinking Days” on the Rise, Says NIAAA

With all the attention and media coverage on the opioid epidemic these days, we can sometimes forget that the biggest substance use disorder is still very much with us. That's right - it's alcohol. In sheer numbers, alcohol-related "harms" far exceed heroin, crack and all the other drugs, according to exhaustive scientific studies of the effects of substance use disorders. In fact, alcohol abuse makes many other drug problems seem tame by comparison. For these reasons, a recent national survey by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an agency of the National Institutes of Health, is drawing some concern. "Heavy drinking days," [...]

March 16th, 2017|Categories: Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter Had a Drinking Problem

(Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction. This is not to infer that these people are connected to Novus Medical Detox Center but simply to provide hope and encouragement to those fighting addiction.) Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling, from 1997 through 2007. The wildly popular novels follow the life of young wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. All three are students at "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," a fictional school located in a magically-invisible land somewhere in England. The main story [...]

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Alcohol, Inspiration|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Survey finds teen drug use declining – except for pot

A nationwide survey has found that – except for pot/marijuana – the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco among American high school students has reached the lowest levels in decades. The annual survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), asked 8th, 10th, and 12th graders about their drug and alcohol use over the past month and past year. This year’s results among all three grade levels were “encouraging,” the survey says. Apart from the surge in marijuana use, there were drops in the use of other illicit drugs, drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. But marijuana is another [...]

January 10th, 2017|Categories: Alcohol, Marijuana, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

As Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises White Americans Are Dying Younger

The life expectancy of middle-aged and younger White Americans has slightly declined for the first time in decades, and scientists are blaming substance abuse as a main cause. Other driving factors include alcohol-related liver disease and suicides, says the National Center for Health Statistics. The reduction in life expectancy for white Americans is being blamed on the "suffering and anxiety" among working-class whites brought about by the 2007 recession and massive unemployment. The concurrent rise in drug and alcohol abuse and suicides is consistent with the tensions resulting from the economic collapse. The drop in life spans occurred in 2014, following a leveling-off that began [...]

May 25th, 2016|Categories: Alcohol, Benzodiazepine, Drug Overdose, News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on As Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises White Americans Are Dying Younger

Middle-aged whites in the U.S. dying at unprecedented rate from drugs, alcohol and suicide

“Half a million people are dead who should not be dead,” says 2015 Nobel laureate Angus Deaton. “About 40 times the Ebola stats. You’re getting up there with HIV-AIDS.” This is just the kind of bad news we try to avoid, because it can be downright depressing. But in this case, it needs to be discussed so we can hopefully save some lives. An article in The Washington Post says that Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel laureate in economics, has discovered that a large segment of white middle-aged Americans “has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of [...]

January 12th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Alcohol, Drug Overdose, Drugs, Legal|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Middle-aged whites in the U.S. dying at unprecedented rate from drugs, alcohol and suicide

Are you a high-functioning alcoholic?

Countless thousands, probably millions of people, are walking around every day looking fairly normal most of the time – sounding pretty normal and acting fairly normal. In fact, they often can be getting along quite successfully. But they aren’t normal. They’re alcoholics. A special class of alcoholics. And they’re usually in complete denial about the seriousness of their addiction. Most people – even coworkers and associates – may not know for sure that they’re dealing every day with a secret, heavy drinker who just doesn’t show the symptoms too obviously. Many might sense that all isn’t right with this person – something needs fixing somewhere [...]

December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Alcohol|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Are you a high-functioning alcoholic?

Olympic Swimming Legend Michael Phelps Comes Back Winning After Six Weeks in Alcohol Addiction Rehab

(Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction. This is not to infer that these people are connected to Novus Medical Detox Center but simply to provide hope and encouragement to those fighting addiction.) Over the past decade or so, everyone in the world with even a passing interest in Olympic sports has probably seen Michael Phelps win at least one of his 18 Olympic Gold Medals. The powerful 30-year-old American swimming legend is the most decorated athlete in the world, winning more Olympic medals than any other athlete in history - in any sport. In the 2004, 2008 and [...]

September 1st, 2015|Categories: Alcohol, Get Help, Inspiration, Marijuana, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Olympic Swimming Legend Michael Phelps Comes Back Winning After Six Weeks in Alcohol Addiction Rehab

Rock Guitar Maestro Slash Is Enjoying a Drug-Free Life at Last

"The overdose where I died? I remember that" (Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction. This is not to infer that these people are connected to Novus Medical Detox Center but simply to provide hope and encouragement to those fighting addiction.) Back in the wild rock 'n' roll 1980s, five young musicians got a band together, and decided to defy the current styles and trends and play only what they liked - their version of hard-rockin' heavy metal. The year was 1985, and although they proved popular in all the 'happening' clubs around Los Angeles like the Whisky, the [...]

June 17th, 2015|Categories: Alcohol, Drug Overdose, Heroin, Inspiration, Legal|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Rock Guitar Maestro Slash Is Enjoying a Drug-Free Life at Last

More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may affect up to 5 percent of U.S. children There is a new report out this month that suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth. Especially these days, when "everyone knows" not to drink during pregnancy, the numbers are higher than anyone expected. "Knowing not to drink during pregnancy and not doing so are two different things," especially before a woman knows she is pregnant, said lead researcher Philip May, a professor of public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Findings from [...]

November 12th, 2014|Categories: Alcohol, News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports

Florida Alcohol Detox Treatment Programs Could Save Thousands of Lives

All across America, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence both continue to ruin families and careers, cut lives short through accidents, crime and overdoses, and waste billions of dollars due to medical, legal and downtime costs. Here in Florida, the story is much the same. Educational campaigns at all levels of society are failing to achieve significant improvement in detox treatment programs. While thousands of Floridians continue to play, work and even drive while drunk, Florida alcohol detox programs often operate below capacity. In other words, drinkers are not actively seeking the Florida alcohol treatment they so desperately need, putting themselves—and the rest of us—at risk. [...]

November 8th, 2014|Categories: Alcohol|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Florida Alcohol Detox Treatment Programs Could Save Thousands of Lives