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What Is The History of Addiction and Substance Abuse

The use of substances such as alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and other opioids has roots as far back as the Bible. The use of various substances is well documented in medical texts written by ancient Syrians and the Chinese. Addiction has a long history both here in the United States and throughout the civilized world. Look…

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What Does Addiction Do To Your Body?

It is common knowledge that prolonged substance use and addiction can have a significant impact on your body and influence several life-sustaining functions. What many people do not realize is that different drugs impact your body in different ways. Additionally, they can have both physical and mental health impacts that last for varying durations of…

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Get Behind the Neuroscience of Addiction

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (2019), “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences”. Although addiction is not an uncommon word…

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Long Term Effects of Addiction

It should not come as a surprise that each and every day, people die from the effects of chronic addiction to a drug or to alcohol. Regardless of whether the addiction relates to alcohol or drugs, addiction to substances kills thousands of Americans (of all ages) each year and touches millions of lives in some…

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Addiction and Income: What Is the Connection?

In this post, we tackle the complex interaction between addiction and income level. Does low income cause addiction? Or is addiction something that everyone can run into if they’re not careful? First, we’ll set the scene by explaining in clear terms just what addiction is. Then, we’ll cover who is at risk for addiction. Last…

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It Can Creep up on You: How Addiction Starts

In this post, we’ll answer the fundamental question: how does addiction start? We’ll begin with a discussion on just what addiction is—and what it is not. Then we’ll examine the differences between terms you’ve probably heard used interchangeably, such as tolerance, dependence and addiction. We wrap up with a few psychological red flags that can…

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Is Your Addictionologist up to Snuff? Find Out

As the opioid crisis continues to claim lives, more people than ever before are wondering what separates a great addictionologist, or addiction specialist, from an average one. In this post, we’ll examine this question in detail, providing you with the tools you’ll need to identify a stellar specialist and treatment facility. Along the way, we’ll…