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Social conditioning and Generation Y

An important factor to consider when determining how to decrease the amount of drug and alcohol use among young people is to focus some attention on what they’re being taught through mainstream media. To understand what Generation Y is being sold to believe, what they’re reading and what they’re...

The two sides to benzodiazepines: understanding their use and the risk of addiction

Many times when people have sleeping disorders or anxiety, they’ll consider using a tranquilizer to calm down. Tranquilizers are normally benzodiazepines and include various types including Valium or Xanax which are some of the most prominent medications prescribed in the United States for anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, muscle relaxation...

Alcohol addiction in women

For women, having a single glass of wine after a tough workday and becoming dependent on liquor to the point that it’s necessary to drink in order to engage in everyday activities are two completely different situations. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, one alcoholic beverage a day...

The link between abuse and addiction in women

The link between trauma due to histories of suffering from violence and/or addiction to drugs or alcohol is often overlooked and unrecognized in the medical community for women as much as men. Studies show that 55 to 99 percent of women with co-occurring disorders experienced some degree of trauma...

How alcohol addiction is defined by the American Psychological Association

Getting help for a drinking problem can be incredibly intimidating. For some people, heavy drinking might lead to a chronic condition that could lead them to the depths of homelessness, diseases such as cirrhosis and cancer or even death. Abusers of alcohol may not be aware of the negative...

The dangers alcohol poses to the brain

When a person picks up a drink, they are usually not thinking about how that drink is going to affect their brain or what mistakes they swore wouldn’t happen again which that next drink could would lead them to make. “Losing one’s inhibitions” is a state of consciousness in...

Main causes of hepatitis C

Chronic alcoholism and intravenous drug injections are both major causes of hepatitis C (HCV). In 2012, an estimated 21,870 cases of acute hepatitis C virus infections were reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bullying as a behavioral/process addiction

A process addiction or behavioral addiction is a compulsive disorder involving a particular action that creates a dependence on the feeling of pleasure caused by the action. For the most part, behaviors such as gambling, sex and shopping have all been characterized as process addictions. Until recently, bullying hasn’t...

The road to addiction recovery

When people decide to get treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction or process addictions, their decision to get help will be a very humbling experience. Admitting the need for help can be very difficult and scary, especially when having to let go of fears of being judged or ostracized....

The dangers of powdered substances

The addiction to powdered mind altering substances is on the rise. Not only is there powdered caffeine available for purchase online and over the counter, but there is the invention of powdered alcohol to worry about. The easy accessibility of these substances via online purchase only increases the potential...

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