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Understanding the Link Between Stress and Addiction


When it comes to addiction, pinpointing the issues or emotions that cause you to turn to your substance of choice is often the most difficult part. Although you might be aware of your addiction and want to get rid of it, you may not know the best way to treat it because you don’t fully understand the root of the problem. Perhaps you have tried to curb your addiction before but relapsed due to these factors. You may have even tried [...]

Understanding the Link Between Stress and Addiction2019-08-06T22:53:19-07:00

The 5 Types of Alcoholics


In 2007, researchers Howard B. Moss, Chiung M. Chen and Hsiao-ye Yi published an article in Drug and Alcohol Dependence suggesting that there are five types of alcoholics [1]. Each type has different characteristics and responds to some forms of treatments better than to others. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, knowing these five types of alcoholics can improve your chances to find the most effective treatment. This article will discuss each type [...]

The 5 Types of Alcoholics2019-06-10T09:04:40-07:00

Why Drug Addiction Is a Social Problem


A common misconception surrounding drug addiction is that it solely affects the life of the user. However, the idea that they aren’t hurting anyone except for themselves is an excuse that many individuals who abuse drugs use in order to justify their addiction. Drug addiction is not a one-person phenomenon, and it creates a domino effect on the lives of those around them. It is a social problem that normalizes drug use and affects individuals and their families. Effects of Drug [...]

Why Drug Addiction Is a Social Problem2019-02-26T09:51:40-08:00

Dangers of Self-Medicating with Drugs and Alcohol


People may choose to start self-medicating for any number of reasons. Some turn to drugs or alcohol in an effort to cope with mental or emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety or the loss of a loved one. For others, alcohol, opiates or other drugs are used in an effort to overcome severe pain or other physical ailments. The problem is that attempting to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs can quickly lead a person down the slippery slope to abuse and [...]

Dangers of Self-Medicating with Drugs and Alcohol2019-01-25T09:48:12-08:00

Six Long-Term Effects of Binge Drinking


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six U.S. adults binge drinks at least four times every month. In this case, binge drinking is defined as a man who consumes five or more alcoholic beverages or a woman who consumes four or more drinks in two hours or less [1]. It is also the most common, costly, and deadly pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States. A person who binge drinks as infrequently as four [...]

Six Long-Term Effects of Binge Drinking2018-12-23T10:57:22-08:00

5 Common Signs of Alcohol Dependency


The assessment of whether or not you classify as someone who suffers from alcohol use disorder, also known as alcoholism, is a personal one. This can be a sensitive issue for both you and the people around you who are trying to encourage you to reach out for the help you are not sure you need. The line between an alcohol addiction and a temporary alcohol problem also is confusing. Either way, watching for these five common signs of increased alcohol [...]

5 Common Signs of Alcohol Dependency2018-12-19T10:56:28-08:00

Ways to Prevent Substance Abuse


Drug addiction begins with a person’s increased use of drugs and is more likely to happen when started at a young age. In the case of adolescents, social influences such as peer pressure make it harder for teenagers to say no or quit. “Gateway” drugs like cannabis and alcohol may lead to harder drug use like cocaine, hallucinogens, and methamphetamines because of how normalized taking substances become to the user. While it might be impossible to prevent everyone from using drugs, [...]

Ways to Prevent Substance Abuse2020-04-23T12:02:08-07:00

How Stimulant Use Can Result in Addiction


As the opioid crisis gains national attention, stimulant use and dependence has been rising as well. Documentaries like Take Your Pills are shedding light on the rising rates of stimulant use. Methamphetamines are among one of the fastest-growing markets for prescription usage. Like opiate pain medication, amphetamine and its derivatives have FDA-approved medical uses that put these powerful stimulants in the hands of adults, teens and even young children despite their potentially addictive nature. Commonly prescribed for ADHD, weight loss, and [...]

How Stimulant Use Can Result in Addiction2018-08-10T12:00:17-07:00

Common Misconceptions About Addiction


There are many stereotypes associated with addiction. Addiction affects people of all types. Many individuals that struggle with addiction hold jobs, have families and maintain rich relationships with the people they are close to. There is no such thing as a "typical" addict. For this reason, it is important to understand the common misconceptions around addiction and know that while each case varies, there are many preconceived notions about addicts that can negatively impact those struggling with addiction and the loved [...]

Common Misconceptions About Addiction2018-08-03T12:00:58-07:00

Alcohol Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, & Solutions


Alcohol withdrawal refers to the series of symptoms and physical effects that someone who is dependent on alcohol experiences when they stop drinking. The degree to which someone experiences these symptoms depends on how heavily they drink and how long they have been practicing these habits. For someone with a larger alcohol dependency, these symptoms can magnify into life-threatening. Common symptoms are: Anxiety Depression Irritability Sweating Shakiness Insomnia Loss of appetite Nausea Headache How Severe are the Symptoms? Moderate-level alcohol withdrawal [...]

Alcohol Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, & Solutions2018-07-27T12:00:52-07:00