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The concept of alcoholism as a ‘disease’

According to a recent publication by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 3.3 million deaths due to harmful use of alcohol in 2012. Alcohol consumption can not only lead to dependence, but also increases people’s risk of developing more than 200 diseases including cirrhosis of the liver and...

The long-term impact of alcohol dependence

While many of the immediate risks of alcohol abuse and addiction are understood, the long-term implications on morbidity are continually researched and investigated. As untreated alcoholism severely impacts the healthy functioning of the body’s systems, understanding mortality and morbidity risks associated with long-term alcohol dependency can motivate vigorous treatment...

Opioid prescriptions impact neonatal abstinence syndrome

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a serious disorder that can impact a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a series of complications that can occur in a newborn who was exposed to opiate drugs while in the womb. Symptoms can develop as the baby begins withdrawing...

Compulsive shopping: a behavioral addiction

Compulsive shopping is excessive spending behavior that leads to distress or impairment. People with a behavioral addiction to shopping are characteristically preoccupied with pre-purchase tension or anxiety and cannot experience a sense of relief until they are able to experience the spend and purchase reward. Studies show that 5.8...

The dangers of club drugs MDMA, GHB, Rohypnol and ketamine

Club drugs have become increasingly dangerous and popular since the early 1990s. High school and college students alike have easy access to club drugs such as MDMA, GHB, Rohypnol and ketamine. Many people are finding pill form drugs such as these online, at clubs, parties, raves, on the street...

Alcohol’s effect on thyroid functions and its connection to other conditions

Alcohol suppresses the thyroid functions by blunting thyrotropin-releasing hormone response. This causes a decrease of peripheral thyroid hormones during chronic alcohol consumption, as well as during withdrawal of alcohol. Studies show that the hypothalamo-pituitary axis is linked with the development and continuation of dependence of all chemical substances. (Koob,...

The repercussions of living with alcoholic parents

Alcoholism is a progressive disease that affects the entire family. Children learn much of their behavior from their parents, who have an incredible amount of power in leading their impressionable children by the example. Not every case is the same, alcoholic parents can be defined in varying magnitudes; many...

Ibudilast: curing meth addiction with a single pill

The medication ibudilast (MN-166) is currently going through a human testing trial to see if it could be used to curb cravings for methamphetamine. The medication has yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration though it has been a second testing phase of ibudilast and, if...

Identifying cocaine addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 13 percent of all admissions to drug abuse treatment programs were attributed to cocaine abuse in 2007. The majority of users that seek out treatment for cocaine addiction also smoke crack cocaine.

Recognizing and treating teen substance abuse

A recent headline in the Chicago Tribune stated, “Park Ridge teen charged with drunk driving after crashing into squad car: police”. The squad car, a 2013 Ford Explorer, was struck near the rear of the vehicle, causing it to spin around and according to the police the alleged teen...

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