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Mental illness, dual diagnosis and substance abuse

Mental illness, dual diagnosis and substance abuse

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reports that there is a definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances. Many patients with anxiety,   depression or other common mental illnesses turn to drugs or alcohol in the mistaken belief that these substances will ease their emotional distress. Read more

Is addiction a choice or a disease?

Is addiction a choice or a disease?

Recovery from an addiction is not as simple as just exercising self-control. Society has allowed numerous stereotypes to govern its ideas of addicts and addiction. However, deeming addiction a choice, a collapse of morals and a weakness of character might not be a correct assessment. Read more

Effects of cocaine on the human brain

Effects of cocaine on the human brain

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that is proven to have a powerful effect on the brain and behavior. Compared to other drugs of abuse, cocaine has the most direct and immediate access to parts of brain that regulate mood and pleasure. Read more

Poly-substance addiction: a combination of problems

Poly-substance addiction: a combination of problems

It was not too long ago when it was believed that most addicts had just one substance of abuse and they stuck with it. Poly-substance abuse, however, is today’s harsh reality. It is no longer an exception, it’s the norm. Read more

The epidemic of prescription drug abuse

The epidemic of prescription drug abuse

Why prescribed drugs are no safer than illegal drugs

Quickly becoming America’s fastest growing drug problem, prescription drug abuse has reached alarming heights. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared prescription drug abuse as an epidemic in the United States. The number of prescription drug overdoses has more than quadrupled since 1999, bringing the total to more than six million Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs. In hindsight, this is an astounding increase over a period of around 15 years. Read more