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Differences Between Alcohol Dependence and Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction are often used interchangeably. But the two concepts are not the same. In certain cases, an individual may suffer from alcohol addiction without being physically dependent on alcohol. When this happens, it becomes difficult to know when to get help. One of the most effective ways to get help is…

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Top Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

People require a prescription to legally acquire prescription drugs. This is because prescription medications can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, these drugs help people deal with intense or chronic pains and help them cope after undergoing major surgery. But on the other hand, using these drugs over a prolonged period can lead to…

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Long-Term Effects of Meth

The hit television series “Breaking Bad” made crystal methamphetamine familiar to millions. Despite how it was portrayed, make no mistake: meth is a dangerous drug that causes significant problems for individuals and society alike. But what are the long-term effects of meth? Like most drugs, the long-term effects of meth will differ by individual. Many…

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Signs of Alcohol Overdose

Drinking alcohol is part of our society. While most people can drink with no major consequences, others aren’t so fortunate. Drinking can become a problem, sometimes with life-threatening consequences. In those moments, it’s important to know the signs of alcohol overdose. The signs of alcohol overdose are decidedly not pretty and require medical assistance. The…

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What Is Gender-Specific Treatment?

The factors involved in substance abuse are complex. Trauma, peer pressure, stress and anxiety, genetics, and even poverty can play a role. Believe it or not, your gender also comes into play — which prompts a good question: What is gender-specific treatment? Many rehab facilities maintain addiction treatment programs allowing clients who desire it separate…

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Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Childhood trauma and addiction are closely connected, leading to many adults with substance abuse disorders. These substance abuse disorders are harmful to people’s lives, their families, and to their physical well-being. When children face trauma, they often bury it at the moment but then deal with the trauma of it later. They struggle to cope…

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Codependency And Substance Abuse

Mental health and substance use disorders often intersect. One of the mental health conditions that are often connected with substance abuse is codependency. When someone is in this situation/relationship, it makes it difficult to break free from the cycle. It’s critical to find a treatment that focuses on overcoming codependency so that if substance abuse…