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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...

Impulse control and addiction

Impulse Control Disorder (ICD) is usually characterized by urges and behaviors that are excessive and/or harmful to oneself or others or that cause significant impairment in social and occupational functioning. These urges and behaviors can also cause legal and financial difficulties. It’s very common for substance abuse or addiction...

SAMHSA allows medication-assisted treatment in drug court

Statement issued on February 26th On February 26th, 2015 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a grant announcement. The announcement noted that drug courts funded by the grants will not be allowed to ban medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. In the past, drug court...

Cigarette addiction: the facts and how to kick the habit

Addiction to cigarettes and craving a drag of a “smoke” might seem cliché in today’s “anything goes” culture. From the quintessential images of the 1920s flapper with her cocktail and her cigarette to the Virginia Slims lady and Marlboro Man Cowboy, American marketing has made quite an attempt to...

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