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Caffeine intoxication: when the addiction gets serious

Caffeine intoxication is listed under the “Caffeine-Related Disorders” in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM-5). The diagnostic criterion for caffeine intoxication includes a recent consumption of caffeine in a high dose. A high dose according to the DSM-5 is 250 mg. Coffee, tea, cocoa, cola...

How to deal with triggers and craving a substance in recovery

During treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, the individual in recovery will normal need to learn different ways to curb cravings to their substance of choice. Learning how to deal with triggers will help a recovering addict when an urge arises to use or drink as a result of...

The link between excessive drinking and certain cancers

Epidemiologic research suggests that the more alcohol a person drinks regularly over time, the higher his or her chances become of developing an alcohol-associated cancer. Cancers of the upper digestive tract have the strongest link to alcohol consumption, this includes the mouth, esophagus, pharynx and larynx (Stinson; DeBakey 1992).

Worldwide epidemic of prescription opioid dependence and addiction

The consequences of opioid pain reliever addiction are devastating, as well as increasing in severity as the global market for medicine and drugs continues to grow. According to the World Health Organization, there is an increasing worldwide problem with over prescribing, dispensing and selling of medications. It is estimated...

Developing an alcohol tolerance and getting DUIs

The legal consequences of drinking alcohol and being social are serious and are usually not explained enough to the younger population. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol, each year an estimated 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol related...

Different methods of relapse prevention

When newly clean and/or sober, an addicted person will have better chances of remaining abstinent from his or her drug of choice if he or she has an action plan to adhere to when he or she eventually encounters triggers or cravings. Experts agree that the main reasons for...

Using psychodynamic theory for treatment

Psychodynamic theory supports a form of psychotherapy and is based on the principles of psychoanalytic theory (psychoanalysis), which was originally developed by Sigmund Freud and has since gone through various changes, but is generally the same model of focus. This form of psychotherapy focuses on releasing repressed emotions and...

Recognizing marijuana addiction

Addiction to marijuana is just as dangerous as an addiction to any other mind altering chemical. When marijuana is taken , THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) acts on brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals in the brain. This results in a variety of sensory, physical, psychological, cognitive and...

The mental health effects of anabolic steroid addiction

Exercise is essential for physical, mental and emotional health. Unfortunately the practice of daily exercise can turn into an obsession for many different types of people and some of these people end up using steroids (testosterone supplements) in order to build their muscles, as well as for the ‘energy...

America’s need for treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders

Too many Americans go without the mental health or substance abuse treatment that they need. Very often, the stigma attached to mental illness or the cost of getting treatment for a disorder prevents families from encouraging one another to get help for a drug addiction or mental health issue...

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