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Understanding Alcohol and Drug Addiction in Women

Recent years show a significant increase in drug and alcohol addiction in women

When you think of addiction, images of haggard men struggling to cope with drugs and alcohol may come to mind. However, recent years show a significant increase in drug and alcohol addiction in women living in the United States.

Women who have been raped, abused or harmed in some way are more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol than those who have not experienced these traumatic things. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, almost 70 percent of addicted women have experienced some type of trauma.

What is Addiction and Abuse?

Drugs and alcohol are substances you ingest to make you feel a certain way. Though alcohol and drug abuse can eventually lead to addiction, there is a difference between substance abuse and substance addiction. When you abuse drugs and alcohol, you have some will power to stop or go a long time between episodes.

Addiction is something you cannot control in any situation. It, however, controls your feelings, actions and activities. Everything you do revolves around it. Women who abuse substances of any kind have a higher tendency to become addicted to those substances.

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5 Ways to Keep Arthritis From Slowing You Down

Arthritis is a painful problem that can interfere with your ability to do the things you enjoy


But you can take steps to protect your joints, reduce discomfort, and improve mobility.

Physical or occupational therapists can be very helpful in teaching you how to modify activities and accomplish daily tasks more easily. But there are simple things you can do for yourself, starting today.

Here are five of them:

Keep moving

Avoid holding one position for too long. When working at a desk, for example, get up and stretch every 15 minutes. Do the same while sitting at home reading or watching television.

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Don’t Suffer in Silence with Toe Pain

Toe deformities should be treated early, paper shows, and improper footwear can be to blame


Rosemont, IL --- While deformities of the lesser toes (all toes other than the big toe) can be very painful, there are numerous surgical and nonsurgical treatments for these conditions that are usually quite effective. A literature review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) shows that because lesser toe deformities are often treatable, and can be symptoms of other conditions, early assessment and treatment by an orthopaedic surgeonis important.

“Toe pain can limit a person’s quality of life,” says Khalid Shirzad, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, P.S., Spokane, Wash., and lead author of the review. “When it hurts to walk, that person will start decreasing time spent on activities they enjoy. If the initial problem is not treated, it may lead to further issues such as skin infections, deformities, and muscular problems.”

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