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How Much do You Know About Recognizing and Defining Addiction?

Recognizing and defining addiction isn’t always an easy task. Although there are many ways to define addiction, the American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines it as the “habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control.” In the worst cases, addictions have a few devastating similarities that can be agreed upon by all: Addiction separates […]

5 Real Life Lessons About Alcoholism

Life lessons are not always the easiest parts of our lives as we mature and grow older. But somehow we learn to respect them and be grateful for them. Some things come to us quickly while others are hard lessons to learn. Sometimes we start on a road that we do not perceive as wrong.  However, when we do finally […]

Problems for Teens and Young Adults: Ritalin and Addiction

Ritalin is a central nervous stimulant for treating ADD/ADHD and narcolepsy.  However, when the individual takes more than prescribed to get a euphoric feeling, Ritalin and addiction become a problem. Ritalin (Methylphenidate) is responsible for regulating chemically charged nerves. These nerves are responsible for impulse and hyperactivity synapses in the brain.  Ritalin is an FDA approved drug that was initially […]

Is There a Connection Between Substance Abuse and HIV?

The HIV/AIDS epidemic and substance abuse go hand-in-hand in many cases. Earlier, it was mainly related to intravenous drug use. However, today it is a factor in widespread substance abuse. The connection between substance abuse and HIV is the fact that the abuse of many substances, including alcohol, increases the chance of high-risk sexual activity. High-risk sexual activity includes having […]

How Can You Tell if You Have an Addictive Personality?

Have you ever wondered, “Do I have an addictive personality?” Do you have the personality traits that predispose you to addiction? While this subject is constantly debated in the medical field, some professionals believe that certain personality traits can make you lean more towards addiction. More Than an Addictive Personality, Certain Factors Exist While we can’t say that certain individual […]

17 Reasons Why You Should Not Ignore Going to Drug Rehab

Are you abusing drugs or alcohol? Do you think you have it all under control? Are you in denial about how serious your problem really is? Have you faced harsh consequences because of your abuse of any substance? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should not ignore going to drug rehab. Admitting that you have an […]

Why Do Adolescents Turn To Drugs?

Teens and young adults use drugs for a variety of reasons.  Researchers spend countless hours trying to identify the reasons for teen drug abuse.  As it stands, despite all the efforts to educate our youth about the dangers of substance use, they continue to ignore the warnings. The following statistics will demonstrate the shocking number of young people who are […]

Skyrocketing Overdose Death Rates Among Women

One thing that doesn’t change when it comes to drug addiction is the fact that it doesn’t discriminate.  Anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or gender can succumb to the effects of an addictive substance.  However, since the turn of the century, the number of overdose deaths among women has skyrocketed. Although overdose deaths continue to rise among both […]

Does Gender Affect the Way a Person Responds to Drugs or Alcohol?

Although gender equality has come a long way in today’s society, some fundamental and undeniable biological differences underline the fact that we are not all created equal. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the link between gender and addiction to understand why addictive substances affect men and women differently. How Social Roles Influence Substance Abuse Throughout American […]

Is There Hope for Addiction Among the Elderly?

Addiction among the elderly is something that doesn’t get that much attention in the United States today. It is either not considered when the topic of substance abuse is discussed or individuals just don’t think of an elderly person abusing any substance. If these are your thoughts on the subject, you are wrong. Addiction can happen to anyone at any […]

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