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The Deadliest Drugs Are Legal

People are becoming increasingly aware of the opioid crisis in the US. Last year, about 60,000 Americans died from overdoses involving opioids–more than violent crime, car accidents, and terrorism combined. It’s a shocking statistic and many governors, at least, are taking the opioid crisis very seriously. What may be surprising is that opioids are notRead More

Why You Should Learn as Much as You Can About Addiction

Whether you’re considering treatment, starting recovery, or are a long time sober, it pays to learn as much as you can about addiction. Although everyone is different and faces different challenges in addiction, there are certain patterns and pitfalls that are common. The more you are aware of these, the easier they will be toRead More

Using is a Choice, Addiction is Not

Whenever the topic of addiction arises in the public sphere, there are always certain people who think addicts should go to jail rather than treatment because they believe addiction is a choice. This belief is absurd on several levels. First, no one chooses to become addicted. Addiction destroys families and careers. It burns money andRead More

How Long Does it Take to Get Addicted to OxyContin?

OxyContin is the brand name of the prescription opioid painkiller oxycodone. Even when taken as prescribed by a doctor, physical dependence and addiction can form. This can happen in as little as two weeks of daily use, and the longer you take it, the more dependent you become. Dependence happens even more quickly if youRead More

Drug Use And HIV/AIDS

In 1980, the AIDS epidemic was publicized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noting that it was becoming a national crisis.  AIDS is still a global issue, with nearly 37 million infected people living throughout the world in 2016.  There have been many attempts to halt the spread of HIV overRead More

The Effect of Alcoholism on the Heart

Moderate alcohol intake–meaning maybe one or two drinks per day–is not likely to damage the heart and some studies suggest it might actually have some benefit. Drinking a bit more tips the scale toward negative effects and heavy prolonged drinking can do serious damage to the heart. In the short term, even one bout ofRead More

Depressant vs. Stimulant Addiction

Depressants and stimulants are basically opposites. Stimulants wind you up and depressants calm you down. People who feel lethargic or fatigued tend to want stimulants to pick them up. People who feel stressed or anxious tend to want depressants to calm them down. These are broad generalizations but more or less true. Common stimulants areRead More

Addiction and the Central Nervous System

Addictive drugs mostly affect the central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. They typically work by changing the way neurons interact with neurotransmitters, which are the chemical messengers that tell neurons what to do. Most of the effects drugs have on the body have to do with changing the function of neurotransmitters.Read More

Most Common Dual Diagnoses

Addiction is often precipitated or compounded by another mental health issue. This is known as a dual diagnosis and it may apply to half of people seeking addiction treatment. Dual diagnoses can be challenging and require special care. If you take medication for a mental health issue, for example, that may affect what medications canRead More

Alcoholism in History

People have consumed alcohol through most of human history, perhaps all of human history, as animals are sometimes observed intentionally eating fermented fruit. Despite this long history, alcoholism seems to be relatively new. While there have probably been alcoholics at least since the beginning of agriculture, alcoholism has only becoming a widespread problem in recentRead More