The Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Prescription opioid drugs, which include commonly prescribed medications such as OxyContin and Vicodin, can provide effective, safe pain relief when used as prescribed. However, the risk of prescription opioid abuse and developing a dependency is high, and the abuse of these drugs has skyrocketed in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Understanding Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamine abuse is a fast-growing drug problem in the United States. Research shows that over 13 million American adults and adolescents have experimented with methamphetamines, and a large number of these people have ended up addicted to the substance. Meth is a powerful and dangerous drug, but the euphoric rush it provides fuels the cycle […]

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 from drinking may be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). A survey by the National Institute on […]

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. Addiction specialists and mental health professionals emphasize the importance of understanding both terms in order to better understand abuse and how […]

What Is Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency is often used interchangeably with other terms such as addiction, substance abuse or drug habit. Chemical dependency refers to a person’s inability to stop using substances upon which they’ve become dependent without suffering certain physical and mental side effects. When someone is chemically dependent upon a substance, they have lost their ability to […]

Recognizing Addiction: Common Signs and Symptoms

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 of remission and relapse.1 Abuse, Addiction and Dependence Drug abuse, addiction and dependence are not the same thing. Abuse […]

5 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 diabetes and asthma, addiction is associated with periods of relapse and remission. There is no cure for […]

Role of Addiction 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 about this illness is that people who have it are often in denial, refusing to accept that they have a problem. Because they […]

Recognize Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

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 alcohol, despite negative health, financial or social consequences. It can be difficult to recognize addiction as some of the signs and symptoms are difficult pinpoint. There […]