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The Connection Between Depression and Drug Addiction

Anxiety, Depression and Drug Addiction Estimates are that more than 40 million American adults are suffering from some degree of an anxiety disorder, including depression.  For those that fit into this category, you have a double or even triple likelihood of also having a substance use disorder. Depression and substance abuse are inexorably linked, according…

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What To Do When You Suspect a Loved One Has an Addiction

Helping a loved one with an addiction problem isn’t easy, nor is the decision to confront them. Although each situation is unique, there are some general guidelines that will help you approach this task. Whether their issue is drugs or alcohol, addiction treatment is a difficult process for both the addict and his or her…

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Tips For Visiting a Loved One In Sober Living

When a loved one is recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, chances are pretty good that they’ll end up in a sober living facility at some point. In Southern California for example, one finding a sober living facility in Orange County is easy. What draws recovery patients to Orange County sober living facilities is the…

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Is Marijuana Addiction Real?

Is marijuana addiction a possibility? Studies point to some interesting findings. Back in early 2018, National Institute on Drug Abuse released findings that suggest 30 percent of those who use marijuana may have some degree of “marijuana use disorder.” The study also suggested that who use marijuana before age 18 are four to seven times more likely…

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Signs and Symptoms of Narcotic Addiction

Recognizing an Addiction Problem Identifying the signs of narcotic addiction isn’t difficult provided you know what to look for. Unfortunately, most people have no idea what those signs look like because they’ve never been around people suffering from addiction. First, you must know what addiction is as there are differences between substance use and substance…

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The Long-term Effects of Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens distort one’s perception of reality by changing the way the brain’s prefrontal cortex processes information. This critical area of the brain control conscious thought, perception and cognition. Even short term abuse of hallucinogens may result in temporary psychosis. The long term effects of hallucinogens include a host of unpleasant possibilities. These include persistent psychosis…

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The Difference Between Substance Abuse, Abuse and Addiction

Substance Abuse vs Addiction: Understanding the Differences  Substance abuse and substance addiction are terms that are sometimes used interchangeably. The truth is that people who are addicted to substances and people who abuse substances are quite different. While both actions can have consequences in an individual’s life, understanding the difference between substance abuse vs addiction…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping an Alcoholic

When alcoholism has taken hold of a loved one, their addiction can be overwhelming. Knowing how to help an alcoholic requires a bit of homework and research. At first, families struggle to cope with the lies and self-destructive behaviors, not to mention the denial. Their actions or inaction may challenge your sanity and the consequences…

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How to Raise Your Dopamine Levels WITHOUT Drugs

Understanding how to raise your dopamine levels helps to treat depression, one of the core contributors to addiction. Controlling the release of dopamine is and making those dopamine receptors happy is important to maintain a healthy balance in one’s life. Treating a dopamine deficiency can provide you with more energy and greater happiness. In fact, one…