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Substance Abuse and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that occurs in some people after experiencing a terrifying, horrific, life-threatening event. Combat veterans are often victim to this mental illness, and may suffer from flashbacks and anxiety upon returning from war. Healing from PTSD can often be a long journey that requires a lot of… 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

Why does alcohol change behavior?

Alcohol is known throughout society to cause “disinhibition,” in which a person’s feelings and thoughts are no longer under the same amount of restraint as they used to be. The cortex, which is considered the “responsible” or “thoughtful” part of the brain, shows less activity when inebriated. More specifically, the frontal cortex, which is responsible… Read More

How does your body handle alcohol?

Though some people argue that alcohol is not a true “drug” due to its legality and its characterization as a food item, alcohol is certainly a psychoactive substance that alters the functioning of the body. In large doses, alcohol has harmful and toxic effects. The alcohol molecule (or ethanol molecule) is a small one. Because… 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. Typically, clinicians and medical practitioners define one episode of binge drinking as five drinks for males, and four drinks for females in one episode. Despite the fact that the drinker may not be considered “drunk” or… Read More

How does your body handle alcohol?

Though some people argue that alcohol is not a true “drug”, due to its legal status, alcohol is certainly a psychoactive substance that alters the functioning of the mind and body. In large doses, alcohol has long-term harmful and toxic effects. The alcohol molecule (or ethanol molecule) is a small one. Because it’s so small,… 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

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