Substance Abuse

Addiction in Older Populations
Addiction in Older Populations

There is no age limit on addiction. Some older people struggle with addiction just because they always have and addiction hasn’t managed to kill them yet. Other people develop addictions late because of new life challenges. Either way, substance abuse is more dangerous the older you get. The substances continue to cause damage but the…

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Why is Meth Bad for Your Teeth?
Why is Meth Bad for Your Teeth?

Most people are familiar with ‘meth mouth’, the bad teeth of long-time meth users. Photos of meth mouth are sometimes used in anti-drug advertisements. Is this just a scare tactic or is it a real problem? And if it’s real, what causes it? Meth mouth does appear to be a real phenomenon. According to the…

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Is Schizophrenia Related to Marijuana Use?
Is Schizophrenia Related to Marijuana Use?

There has been a lot of research into the link between schizophrenia, or psychosis more generally, and marijuana use. A statistical link has long been evident. By some estimates, about half of people diagnosed with schizophrenia struggle with addiction too. Two recent studies shed some light on the complicated relationship between marijuana and schizophrenia. The…

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How to Avoid Transfer Addictions
How to Avoid Transfer Addictions

Transfer addictions are a way of filling the void left by the original addiction. This is both behavioral and physical. From a behavioral perspective, a transfer addiction gives you something to do. Whether you’re bored or stressed, the transfer addiction is the new thing you reach for to help you feel better. From a physiological…

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Is it Safe to Quit Adderall Cold Turkey?
Is it Safe to Quit Adderall Cold Turkey?

Adderall is a stimulant primarily prescribed for ADHD and sometimes for narcolepsy, but it is often misused either recreationally or to enhance productivity. Whether you have been using Adderall as prescribed or not, you may start to feel you would be better off without it and want to quit. Is Adderall safe to quit abruptly?…

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4 Ways to Relieve Back Pain Without Drugs
4 Ways to Relieve Back Pain Without Drugs

They say there are two kinds of people: those with back and those who will have back pain. Most people will have some degree of back pain at some point in their lives. As if back pain isn’t bad enough, some people become addicted to opioid painkillers either because of the pain itself or because…

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Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?
Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?

Right now, most people think of addiction as a disease. This idea has largely been popularized by AA. The idea is that people who struggle with addiction are physiologically unable to resist whatever they are addicted to. Fighting addiction isn’t a matter of willpower, according to the disease model, because addicts have a disease that…

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What’s the Difference Between Opiates and Opioids?
What’s the Difference Between Opiates and Opioids?

You hear about opioids a lot in the news lately, specifically how the opioid crisis is killing thousands of Americans every month. However, many people also use the word “opiate.” What’s the difference between an opiate and an opioid? There is a difference between opiate and opioid, sort of. An opiate is technically a drug…

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What Are the Stages of Addiction?
What Are the Stages of Addiction?

Addiction rarely happens right away. You might hear stories about someone who tried cocaine or heroin once and became addicted immediately. If those stories are true, they are rare exceptions. Usually, addiction develops gradually and by the time someone realizes she’s addicted, she’s already stuck. No two people have the exact same experience of addiction,…

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Is Addiction Different for Men and Women?
Is Addiction Different for Men and Women?

In broad terms, addiction is similar for most people. It involves regular use, physical dependence, fixation, frustration, and loss of control. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can probably recognize the familiar features of addiction. However, there might also be some important differences between the ways men and women experience addiction. It may…

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