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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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Allostasis and Addiction

Your brain, in all its complexity, relies on an intricate balance of chemicals and interactions. When the brain is working correctly, we adapt and behave appropriately within our environments, learning and adjusting as necessary. When stressors upset this balance, the brain adapts to them in a process called allostasis. Addiction is one such stressor, causing chemical …

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What Is Double Doctoring?

Double doctoring, also known as “doctor shopping,” is the deliberate use of more than one physician in order to obtain prescriptions for a greater amount of medications than would be prescribed by a single physician. Doctor shopping can also refer to the act of seeking a doctor who is known for being generous with medication …

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