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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

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

Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine is an anesthetic, mostly used on animals. It is a dissociative anesthetic that creates a feeling of detachment that is sometimes euphoric and sometimes a bit scary. A high enough dose will cause a dissociative state–a “k-hole”–similar to an out-of-body or near-death experience. Ketamine is most often abused as a party drug. It’s short-actingRead More

Defining Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world. Some polls show more than half of American adults have used marijuana at some point and relatively large percentage use it regularly. States including California, Colorado, and Washington have made marijuana sale and use legal to some degree and that trend may continue.Read More

A New Study Finds a Promising Alternative to Opioids for Pain

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a combination of Advil and Tylenol can be as effective as opioids for treating pain in emergency room patients. The clinical study of more than 400 patients found that Advil and Tylenol, or ibuprofen and acetaminophen, reduced pain at a rateRead More