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What Is Psychological Dependence?

Psychological dependence, sometimes referred to as psychological dependency or psychological addiction, is an artificial construct used to describe a facet of addiction.  The dualistic view of mind and body as separate entities is an unrealistic way of assessing most behaviors. All emotional processes and psychological processes have at least some physiological basis. Similarly, all behaviors…

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Drug Addict Personality Traits

The popular myth of an addictive personality leads many people grappling with addiction to question whether there are specific drug addict personality traits.  This is a nuanced issue as there are so many risk factors for addiction.  Broadly, some people can be considered genetically predisposed to substance abuse. According to NIDA (the National Institute on…

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Cocaine Detox & Withdrawal

You might be surprised to discover that cocaine withdrawal and cocaine detox is not as intense or challenging as withdrawal from alcohol, prescription opioids, or illicit drugs.  Cocaine is a strong and powerfully addictive controlled substance that triggers a variety of withdrawal symptoms if you stop using cocaine after sustained abuse.  If you develop a…

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Am I A Problem Drinker?

Have you been asking yourself “Am I a problem drinker” or “Do I have alcoholism?” When you start questioning your alcohol intake, you will encounter various terms used to describe drinking patterns. These include problem drinking, heavy drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol use disorder (the clinical descriptor for alcoholism).  While these terms express different forms…