alcohol addiction

When Does Drinking Cross the Line into Alcohol Addiction?

While drinking alcohol is not necessarily a problem for some people, for others drinking too much can lead to a wide range of consequences. Alcohol-related problems have serious mental, physical and social effects. People who experience problems…
substance abuse vs substance dependence

Substance Abuse vs. Substance Dependence

Although substance abuse and substance dependence are frequently used interchangeably, the two terms, while interrelated, are distinct. While both refer to someone's destructive association with drugs or alcohol, one often comes before the other.…
Signs of addiction

How to Recognize the Signs of Addiction

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Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease that affects brain function and behavior. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, once an addiction has developed, it almost always requires professional intervention to stem the cycle…
5 Factors That Can Increase Addiction Risk

Factors That Can Increase Addiction Risk

Addiction Risk As addiction experts will tell you, anyone can become addicted. However, some people may have a higher addiction risk and are more influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Like other illnesses such as…
how can addiction affect your life

Addiction in Your Life

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How Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Life & Relationships Addiction is an insidious illness that can eventually take control of a person's life. Anybody who risks experimenting with drugs can become addicted.1 One of the most disturbing things…
signs of addiction

Recognize Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing an Addiction Problem Addiction is a type of disorder that is marked by compulsive substance abuse, even when that substance abuse creates negative consequences. This includes taking drugs—both legal and illegal—and drinking…
detox process

Detox Basics: How It Works and What to Expect

What Is The Process of Detoxification During Withdrawal Many people suffering from substance use disorders confess that one roadblock to pursuing recovery is a fear of the detoxification process. Not knowing what to expect causes them to be…