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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...

The dangers of adderall abuse

The American Psychiatric Association formally recognized Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a mental disorder in the late 1960s. Since then there have been various stimulants on the market to treat the condition. People of all races, religions and socio-economic statuses are abusing prescribed and non-prescribed ADHD medications and...

Methamphetamine: Dangerous but Diminishing

However spiritually, mentally and physically self-defeating methamphetamine is understood to be, there are many who will find a reason to indulge in using the drug. Methamphetamine use is most prevalent among the blue-collar working class and is typically manufactured in large-scale chemical laboratories known as “super labs.” There are...

The connection between abuse and teen addiction

Every day more and more American kids engage in the destructive behavior of trying to self-medicate their physical, emotional or mental scars with drugs or alcohol. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, two-thirds of all people in treatment for drug abuse reported that they had been emotionally,...

Addiction Treatment: Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Why is it used? Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a therapeutic technique used to engage a patient through the process of identifying and changing unwanted thoughts, feelings, actions or reactions. Engaging a patient in this way can be particularly useful when dealing with drug or alcohol addiction because they...

The guilt of addiction and the power of forgiveness

The recovering addict has left the rehabilitation center. Their body is now clear of the toxins and their mind is ready to take on the world once again. This doesn’t mean the past is all gone. It still has the potential to haunt this person. Drug addiction is a...

Study finds oxycodone to cause permanent behavioral changes

A new study has found that even brief use of the opioid oxycodone can lead to lasting behavioral impairments in rats. The team of researchers believes the drug may cause a “cognitive hangover,” leading to enduring changes in brain structure that impact behavioral flexibility and decision-making skills. The study...

The 6 signs of addiction

Too much of anything can be poisonous; when a certain activity stops becoming positive it can become more of a compulsion, and an addiction can develop. Since addiction is traditionally believed to be something that can only happen with substances, many people do not realize they have developed an...

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