A new study out of the University of Chicago Medicine suggests that young adults who experience the highest sensitivity to alcohol’s pleasurable effects are the most likely to develop an alcohol use disorder over time.
Addiction treatment specialists and researchers are concerned that the global COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns will lead to a surge in alcoholism and drug addiction. Early indications suggest that such concerns may not be unfounded, but at least one population cohort appears to be reducing the risk of alcohol use disorder (AUD).
In recent years, the nation has seen a rise in “microdosing” which involves the use of small amounts of psychedelic drugs to improve mood. These tiny doses may only make up one-tenth or less of an average recreational dose.
Psychological trauma is literally damage done to an individual’s mind. The damage can be caused by an event or situation, one so stressful and overwhelming that the brain loses some control over the body. The person then experiences physical symptoms as outward manifestations of the anxiety within.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of drug overdose deaths over a five-year span involving methamphetamine more than tripled, from 1,887 deaths in 2011 to 6,762 deaths in 2016.
Having a drink, or a few to unwind or socialize is legal and completely acceptable in today’s world. But when does social drinking or drinking in general become a problem? Many people don’t recognize that their drinking might be a medically diagnosed disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM).
Derived from a southeast Asian evergreen tree, and used as a traditional medicine in that region since the 1800s, kratom’s popularity in North America has grown considerably over the past decade.
A U.S. Government-sponsored task force this week released a report recommending that primary care physicians routinely screen their patients for illicit drug use. The recommendation is similar to the task force’s now-followed recommendation that primary care physicians routinely query their patients about drinking and smoking habits.
Despite all the hype new substances of abuse get by the media, opioids are still around and still taking a deadly toll on people who abuse them. But what are the facts about opioids?
Tobacco and opioids become addictive more quickly than people originally believed. “I just use for fun, recreationally. Don’t worry, I won’t get addicted.” Maybe you have heard someone say this, …
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