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5 Traits of an Addictive Personality

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as a prolonged disease of the brain, which involves changes to the reward centers, leading to alterations in behaviors, drive, retention, and…

Top 5 Drugs That Land People Behind Bars

Of all the criminal charges in the US, arrests and convictions for drug charges are among the most common. Arrests for any drug charge accounted for 24.8 percent of local…

The 5 Most Powerful Drug Cartels in the World

Intoxicating substances, from alcohol to narcotics to synthetic marijuana, come from all over the world – chemicals manufactured in China, plants grown in Afghanistan, or home-brewed stimulants from clandestine labs…

5 Most Prescribed Drugs in the United States

Americans are taking more prescription medications than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half the adult population in the US has taken at least one…

Drug Combinations That Can Result In Adverse Reactions

Many adults in the US consume alcohol for social reasons or to relax. Thousands of American adults also smoke tobacco. Numerous people receive prescriptions for medicines to treat pain, psychiatric…

What Are the Dangers of Drugs That Cause Cross-Tolerance?

Cross-tolerance occurs when a person develops a physical tolerance to a specific substance, which then translates to tolerance of other drugs. While tolerance may sound like a benefit, when referring to drugs, it means…

How Does Cross Dependence Help Suppress Withdrawal Symptoms?

Cross dependence involves physical dependence, and often addiction, to multiple drugs. Side effects and symptoms from one substance may be alleviated from another. Addiction is sometimes transferred to a new drug,…

What You Need to Know about Enabling a Loved One’s Substance Abuse

It is natural for people to want to help loved ones in distress. Giving money, offering a place to live, offering rides, and caring through illness or drastic personal change…

What Are the Origins of the Straight-Edge Subculture?

In 1981, a hardcore punk band called Minor Threat released a 46-second song entitled “Straight Edge,” where vocalist Ian MacKaye delivered a blistering rebuke to the hedonism and substance abuse…

What Happens at Burning Man: The Good and the Bad

Every year, tens of thousands of people converge in the Nevada desert. Under a sweltering sun, and during the freezing nights, they enjoy a week of community, art, counterculture, free…

What Does Time-Release Mean in Terms of Drug Consumption?

Time-release drugs use a special technology to release small amounts of the medication into a person’s system over a long period of time. This is also referred to as sustained…

The Dangers of Mixing Painkillers & Benzodiazepine Anxiety Medication

Despite the dangers, mixing drugs, including prescription medications, is a very common practice. Prescription drugs can interact with other substances in a number of unpleasant or dangerous ways that can…

What Are the Dangers of Taking Multiple Drugs at the Same Time?

Taking multiple drugs at once, referred to by addiction experts as polydrug use, is a very common yet very dangerous activity. This kind of drug use can amplify dangerous effects, hide…

Drugs That Will Impair Your Driving

The most frequently occurring and deadliest crime in America is impaired driving, in the words of the Governors Highway Safety Association.[1] In 2014, 31 percent of the crashes involving a driver…

How Prolonged Drug Use Does Harm To The Body

Long-term substance abuse and addiction have serious health consequences, as they change the brain, damage organs, and increase the risk of catching an infectious disease. Addiction to drugs is referred to…

US Politics in the Treatment Industry

How politics in the United States, for good or bad, helps shape the landscape of the addiction treatment industry The government can take one of several approaches to construct and…

How Does Drug Addiction Start and How Can it Be Prevented?

A study presented to the Cognitive Science Society in 2015 indicates that an individual’s political beliefs often frame whether that individual believes that addiction is a matter of personal responsibility or biologically…

The Homeless Population of Las Vegas: Drugs and Despair

For generations, Las Vegas has been a city that has embodied the heights and excesses of the American dream. For thousands of people, however, that dream didn’t pan out. Lured…

Travel for Drug Use and Consequences

Travel has long been a way to broaden the mind and experience the world, but there is a darker side to the pastime. In the same way that people board…