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DSM 5 Criteria for Substance Use Disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, text revision, often called the DSM-V-TR or DSM-5-TR, is the latest version of the American Psychiatric Association’s gold-standard text on the names, symptoms, and diagnostic features of every recognized mental illness—including addictions. The DSM-5-TR criteria for substance use disorders are based on decades of research and clinical knowledge. …

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4 Types of Commonly Abused Medications

When prescription or over-the-counter medications are used improperly, they can produce serious adverse health effects. In some cases, this can include addiction, dependence, overdose, and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people who have become addicted to prescription drugs in the United States has risen to epidemic …

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Oxycodone Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, and Treatment

Oxycodone is a short-acting, semi-synthetic opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is prescribed for both acute pain (after surgery or injury) and chronic pain (from disease or damage). Oxycodone is the narcotic component of several common combination drugs, including Percocet and Percodan. Oxycodone is also the active ingredient in Oxycontin, an extended-release …

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Stress and Addiction

Addiction to Methamphetamines

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, speed, or crack, is a powerful stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system. While some drugs slow down the body, meth speeds it up by triggering a burst of energy and an intense rush of euphoria. It also boosts alertness, reduces appetite, increases activity and talkativeness, and offers …

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How to Ease Withdrawal Insomnia During Recovery

Sleep problems commonly occur among people with substance use disorders, but these issues can also occur during withdrawal and recovery. Problems with sleep can make recovery more complex. Trouble sleeping is a common withdrawal symptom for people addicted to drugs and alcohol. This can be troubling and lead to increased anxiety. Fortunately, research suggests that long-term recovery can …

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Stress and Addiction

Does Stress Cause Addiction?

In the past, addiction was thought of as resulting from the ingestion of an “addictive” substance, such as heroin or alcohol. These substances were considered to have almost magical powers, rendering the user powerless over their consumption, regardless of context and circumstances such as the stress being experienced by the user.  The DSM-IV definition of substance dependence focused on the physiological effects of …

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4 Types of Commonly Abused Medications

When prescription or over-the-counter medications are used improperly, they can produce serious adverse health effects. In some cases, this can include addiction, dependence, overdose, and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people who have become addicted to prescription drugs in the United States has risen to epidemic …

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Opiate Detox Signs, Symptoms, and How to get help

What Are Opiates?

What is the most important information I should know about opiates? Opiate medications such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Dilaudid, and Percocet are often prescribed to treat pain. Such medications can be habit-forming and may lead to tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal even when taken as directed. Opiates, sometimes known as narcotics, are a type of drug that …

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