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Benadryl and Alcohol

The antihistamine Benadryl and alcohol can be problematic when mixed. Benadryl is a branded version of diphenhydramine, an antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms, including:  Coughs Irritated eyes, nose, and throat Rashes Benadryl and alcohol are both CNS depressants. While taking Benadryl in isolation does not directly impact your liver, taking Benadryl with alcohol can…

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Xanax Withdrawal

Xanax withdrawal symptoms occur when you suddenly stop taking Xanax, a drug from the benzodiazepine class.   One of the most prescribed psycho-pharmaceutical medications, Xanax is typically used for the short-term treatment of anxiety disorders and panic disorders. Regrettably, all benzos have a strong potential for abuse, with tolerance quickly building, and addiction often following.…

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Understanding the Paradoxical Effect

The paradoxical effect occurs when a medication causes side effects in direct opposition to its intended outcome – an anti-nausea medication triggering sickness, for instance. Paradoxical drug reactions are commonplace among people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  The paradoxical effect of certain medications can also induce or aggravate a range of other conditions by delivering…

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Substance Abuse and Homelessness

Substance Abuse and Homelessness For years, scientists, government agencies and others have been studying the link between substance abuse and homelessness. The two are directly related and studies reaffirm this. For example: substance abuse can lead to homelessness and vice versa. That’s probably no surprise to anyone, especially if you’ve seen celebrities struggle with addiction.…

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Signs Your Teen Suffers From Drug Addiction

Discerning whether your teen suffers from drug addiction can be challenging. Adolescence is normally accompanied by new emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Therefore, you might interpret your teen’s shift in behavior as typical adolescence while it is a result of drug addiction. You can find out if they are indeed using drugs by asking direct questions.…

Signs of Substance Abuse in Youth

Youth substance abuse can increase the likelihood of a teen developing an addiction to drink or drugs when they reach adulthood. Substance use disorder is becoming more prevalent in schools as shows and media demonstrate false glorification of the effects of drug usage. It’s important, though to make a distinction between the routine use of…