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The Addictive Effects of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are powerful drugs that create both physical and psychological addictions Countless people have relieved psychological symptoms by using benzodiazepines, a relatively new medication. Casually known as benzos, these drugs sedate the brain by enhancing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). In moderate doses, this drug can cause the following effects: Sleep induction Anxiety relief Muscle...

How to Spot a Functional Alcoholic

A functional alcoholic may seem calm and introverted during work hours, but become a wild extrovert in social scenes Functional alcoholics are difficult to identify. These individuals are people who can still function in their occupational, home and social lives to the point that others may not be able to see any sign of substance abuse or addiction. It can even be difficult for functional alcohols to see signs of...

5 Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

Look for signs of depression or mania to detect drug abuse Drug abuse can bring with it a wide range of emotional consequences that can be difficult to understand. It can also be difficult to differentiate between normal and abnormal emotions. Many drug abusers can have emotional symptoms that are attributed to situations not related to drug abuse, making it difficult for friends and family members to detect a...

Detecting Addiction Problems in Elderly Patients

Addiction problems in elderly patients are somewhat common, and professionals expect an increase in substance abuse and addiction rates among individuals over the age of 60. According to recent census data, around 35 million Americans are over the age of 65, and substance abuse affects almost 17 percent of this population. By 2020, the rate of elderly people with substance abuse problems is expected to double. It...

What Is the Ritual Stage of Addiction?

Rituals can be defined as a particular set of actions that often have symbolic or strong value to those who are performing them. Ritual behaviors play a strong role in addiction, and are actually an important part of recognizing addiction patterns. Addiction rituals can be subtle, glaring, harmless, or just as harmful as some other types of addictive behaviors. Ritual behaviors are typically closely linked to a...

Benefits of Addressing Prescription Drug Addiction Problems Early

According to a study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2011, approximately 16 million Americans admitted to taking a prescription drug for non-medical reasons in the previous year, and seven million had done so in the previous month. There are many prescription drugs that are commonly abused, including the following: Painkillers: Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet Anti-anxiety pills: Xanax, Ativan...

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse has become just as much of a recreational activity as abusing illegal drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, heroin or marijuana. Prescription drugs are easier to get a hold of since they are commonly prescribed, available over the internet, stolen and sold in schools, the workplace and on the street. Many people underestimate the dangers of prescription drug abuse, but even though prescription drugs...

Addiction and Doctor Shopping

The West Virginia Controlled Substance Monitoring Program (CSMP) released a study in 2012 that looked at prescription drug overdoses between July 2005 and December 2007. This study identified that of the 700ish adults who had died, 25% had doctor shopped and nearly 18% had pharmacy shopped. Doctor shopping means someone sees several physicians and rattles off symptoms to acquire a particular prescription. Doctor...

How Do I Know If I Am Overmedicated?

Doctors may be unaware of all the medications you are taking, or the medical conditions that affect how you react to drugs. The elderly or those with mental health issues are especially vulnerable of this problem, as they are more likely to take multiple medications, and their doctors may not check for interactions. Drug interactions may increase the effects of some or all of the medication involved, or a doctor may...

Is My Doctor Prescribing Too Many Painkillers?

Prescription painkillers are powerful drugs with the same addictive potential as their more infamous cousins heroin and opium. They are not intended for long-term use and are thus more effective for the type of moderate to serious pain following an injury or surgery. If you are concerned about the amount of painkillers your doctor has prescribed, please call your doctor or our toll-free helpline as soon as...
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