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Tag: Addiction

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20 June

Marijuana is a drug that’s made from the dried leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Marijuana contains THC, which is a psychoactive chemical that produces a high. The prevalence of marijuana use has increased over the last decade and about 9 in 10 Americans favor some form of marijuana legalization, according to […]

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20 June

No matter where you’re spending the winter, the season can be a difficult one for anyone. With less sunlight, no leaves, cold weather, and often some amount of isolation because fewer people go out and do things, many of us are prone to depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder known as S.A.D. If you’re recovering from […]

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16 June

High-intensity drinking is a dangerous emerging trend that comes with serious health consequences for those who engage in the activity. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines this pattern of drinking as consuming alcohol “at levels that are two or more times the gender-specific binge drinking thresholds.” This type of drinking is […]

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16 June

Is it possible to develop an addiction to wine? Simply put, as with any other type of alcohol the answer is yes. While excessive or binge drinking is more often associated with beer or hard liquor, wine is still a type of alcohol that can lead to dependance and addiction. When evaluating alcohol consumption, a […]

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15 June

Today’s opioid epidemic has been linked to the rise of painkiller prescriptions starting in the 1990s. The higher the dose of opioid medication used for pain and the greater the number of days the patient uses the medication, the greater the risk of dependence. More research is needed to determine the exact dose and number of days […]

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13 June

Drug Treatment Programs Drug treatment programs or drug rehab refers to the process of psycho-therapeutic and medical treatment to a person who is dependent on psychoactive substances like hard drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol. Rehabilitation aims at enabling the affected person to stop abusing the substance of interest, thereby avoiding the negative effects: i.e. financial, […]

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13 June

Substance abuse is a significant problem among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. From tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and binge drinking to the use of harder drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and other opioids, many people in the sexual minority struggle with addiction. Statistics have shown that LGBTQ adults are more than twice as […]

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10 June

When you’re faced with the prospect of social situation, you can’t stop an unbreakable shiver running up your spine. Anxiety continues to cast a shadow over each day, and it takes all your energy not to give into the seemingly endless thoughts of self-sabotage. If you’re struggling with avoidance personality disorder, that’s a quick glimpse […]

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09 June

Dopamine is a chemical produced in the brain that affects its pleasure centers. It’s one of a group of chemicals known as neurotransmitters. When released in large enough amounts, it creates feelings of reward. It can also make a person feel more focused and increase their memory and attention span. The positive feelings it creates […]

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09 June

Effexor is among the most popular antidepressants prescribed today and is considered to be a physically non-addictive drug. However, a psychological addiction and Effexor withdrawal symptoms may still develop through continued abuse, or when misused in conjunction with other mind-altering substances. What is Effexor? Venlafaxine (known by the brand name Effexor) is an antidepressant medication which belongs […]

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