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Alcohol Addiction

How does my drug addiction hurt those around me?

For those who are addicted to substances, it may be hard to clearly see who they are hurting. When ingesting/taking a substance, it is commonly heard by clinicians that, “They’re only hurting themselves.” In reality, an addict’s substance use not only hurts him/herself, but also hurts those around him/her. For those who are in relationships… Read More

How does Substance Abuse change the way I make decisions?

Using substances changes the way we behave by affecting certain areas of our brains. The role of the prefrontal cortex is predominantly used for what scientists call “executive functioning.” Simply put, the prefrontal cortex is responsible for making decisions, predicting the consequences of your actions, working towards your goals, and exhibiting control over your life…. Read More

Is alcoholism genetic?

Many studies, whether they are twin or adoption studies, show that there are several genetic factors that contribute to alcoholism. For example, some adoption studies show that kids who are adopted at early ages often show signs of developing alcoholism similar to their biological parents rather than their adoptive parents (Cloninger et. al 1981).  … Read More

Substance Use and Suicide

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. For individuals between 15-25 years old and 25-34 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. In 2014, 9.4 million adults 18 years or older thought seriously about trying to kill themselves in the past 12 months. Of this group, 2.7… Read More

When do I seek help?

Addiction is a growing problem in society, and with the growth of both prescription medicine and street drugs, it’s become an even more daunting problem in society. For those who use substances or alcohol frequently, it’s often hard to discern if you truly need to “get help.” Here are some important questions you should ask… Read More

How does detoxification work?

It seems counterintuitive to give drugs to people suffering from substance addiction, but this is often necessary to ensure the patient’s safety. Withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that it results in seizures, hyper-excitability, cessation of breathing, and sometimes death. Delirium tremens is said in the medical community to describe severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms that… Read More

What are benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines (benzos for short) used to be called “mild or minor tranquilizers.” They’re typically prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety disorders, and are a classification of drugs that include Xanax, Valium, and Librium. Rohypnol, although not legal in the United States, is also considered a benzodiazepine that is colloquially known as a “date-rape drug”… Read More

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is characterized by consumption of a large amount of alcoholic beverages in a short period of time. According to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one episode of binge drinking is defined as five drinks for males, and four drinks for females in one single setting. Despite the fact that the drinker… Read More

Can Alcohol Reduce Anxiety & Depression?

Alcohol can help temporarily decrease anxious and depressed feelings. However, the problem with alcohol is that those peaceful feelings tend to fade and anxiety or depression actually worsens over time. Each person’s reaction to alcohol is different. For some, it may only take a few hours for their mood to plummet while others may notice an… Read More

Holiday Season – Avoiding Alcohol Problems

Halloween marks the advent of the holiday season.  Holidays are characterized by parties and many fun activities to indulge in food and drinks. Creating a Plan Whenever family, friends, and work colleagues meet to loosen up and have some fun, drinking may be involved. Holiday celebrations may have us dressing up and the party mood… Read More

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