E-Cigarettes and Vaping

3-Part Series: The History E-Cigarettes and Vaping – Part 1

When Did Vaping Begin? It seems as if 'vaping' came out of nowhere. One day it didn't exist and then a few months later everywhere we went someone was vaping. In reality, electronic-cigarettes or E-cigarettes are not new. Neither is the concept…
What is Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis and How is It Treated in Rehab

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Addiction and Mental Health Occurring Together Co-occurring Disorders or Dual Diagnosis refers to a very common problem of dealing with substance dependency and mental illness or mental disorders at the same time. You see, often long-term substance…
The Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic

The Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Prescription opioid drugs, which include commonly prescribed medications such as OxyContin and Vicodin, can provide effective, safe pain relief when used as prescribed. However, the risk of prescription opioid abuse and developing a dependency…
Understanding Methamphetamine Abuse

Understanding Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamine abuse is a fast-growing drug problem in the United States. Research shows that over 13 million American adults and adolescents have experimented with methamphetamine's, and a large number of these people have ended up addicted…
alcohol addiction

When Does Drinking Cross the Line into Alcohol Addiction?

While drinking alcohol is not necessarily a problem for some people, for others drinking too much can lead to a wide range of consequences. Alcohol-related problems have serious mental, physical and social effects. People who experience problems…
substance abuse vs substance dependence

Substance Abuse vs. Substance Dependence

Although substance abuse and substance dependence are frequently used interchangeably, the two terms, while interrelated, are distinct. While both refer to someone's destructive association with drugs or alcohol, one often comes before the other.…
Signs of addiction

How to Recognize the Signs of Addiction

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Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease that affects brain function and behavior. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, once an addiction has developed, it almost always requires professional intervention to stem the cycle…
5 Factors That Can Increase Addiction Risk

Factors That Can Increase Addiction Risk

Addiction Risk As addiction experts will tell you, anyone can become addicted. However, some people may have a higher addiction risk and are more influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Like other illnesses such…
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Addiction in Your Life

Role of Addiction Addiction is an insidious illness that can eventually take control of a person's life. Anybody who risks experimenting with drugs can become addicted.1 One of the most disturbing things about this illness is that people…
how to recognize addiction

Recognize Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Addiction is a type of disorder that is marked by compulsive substance abuse, even when that substance abuse creates negative consequences. This includes taking drugs—both legal and illegal—and drinking alcohol, despite negative health,…