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The Relationship Between PTSD and Substance Abuse

PTSD and substance abuse are strongly linked, with up to 50% of those seeking substance abuse treatment meeting the criteria for lifetime PTSD.  Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly abbreviated to PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that sometimes develops after someone witnesses or experiences a traumatic event. Although PTSD is often associated with combat veterans, this condition…

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Involuntary Rehab: Forcing Someone into Rehab

While many people willingly engage with addiction treatment, there is also a place for involuntary rehab on the continuum of care.  From staging an intervention and checking a reluctant loved one into a rehab center, to rehab ordered by the courts for a variety of offenses, not everyone who commits to recovery takes the initial…

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Addiction vs. Dependence: Levels of Substance Abuse

Addiction vs. dependence causes widespread confusion, partly because these terms are often used interchangeably when there are some core differences between these concepts.  Addiction and dependence are separate conditions both relating to substance abuse. Today’s guide will clarify this distinction.   Is Dependence the Same as Addiction? According to NIDA (the National Institute on Drug…

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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…