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Why Is ADHD Medicine Abused?

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Prescribed medications are often very effective in treating a specific ailment; however, most prescribed medications have side effects that...

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What Causes Addiction?

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While the medical community has confirmed the idea that addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, they continue to investigate its...

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Is Addiction a Chronic Condition?

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Established in 1993 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Addiction Technology Transfer Center...

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Can Post-Partum Depression Lead to Addiction?

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Many women experience a form of depression, often referred to as the baby blues, after giving birth to their child. A combination of...

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How Is Addiction Viewed in American Culture?

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Addiction is not new to the American culture. While addiction may not have been so publically discussed in the 1950s, for the past 50...

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Does Insurance Cover Addiction to Any Prescription Drug?

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Prescription drug abuse has become an increasing problem in today’s culture. A cursory glance at the latest statistics show just how...

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How Different Cultures View Addiction and Recovery

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A culture is a system of beliefs, behaviors and customs of a particular group, time or place. Cultures may be divided among socioeconomic...

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Why Do Doctors Prescribe Addictive Prescription Drugs?

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In a pharmaceutical marketing study, the Health Affairs journal in 2000 found that most people view prescription drugs as being safer than...

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Can a Thyroid Disorder Lead to Addiction?

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The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck just above the collarbone. It is one of the endocrine glands, which make hormones that...

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A Loved One’s Death and Addiction

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Few life events can shake a person to the core like the death of a loved one. Whether the loss was sudden or expected, people typically...

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The Connection between Behavioral Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

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Behavioral addictions are a controversial topic. Some argue whether they can be considered addictions, since there are no physical...

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Autoimmune Disorders and Ambien Addiction

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People with an autoimmune disorder may abuse Ambien to relieve their symptoms, but this drug can lead to addiction and make a disorder’s...

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The Relationship between Antipsychotic Medication and Addiction

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Antipsychotic medications are used to treat the psychotic symptoms of several mental health illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar...

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How Stress Increases Craving Behavior in Addicts

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According to the Mayo Clinic, stress has effects on your body, mind, and behaviors that may include the following: Headache Muscle tension...

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What Is the Ritual Stage of Addiction?

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There are a few variations among cycles of addiction, but most follow the same pattern in a four or five stage progression. Addiction...

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ADHD and Prescription Drug Abuse

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects an individual’s ability to concentrate or focus. It...

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Veterinarians and Addiction

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While veterinarians are medical professionals just like doctors, nurses and other healthcare employees, some veterinarians may find it...

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Pilots and Addiction

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Becoming an airline pilot requires years of intense training and preparation. As exciting and rewarding as the career can be, it frequently...

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Similarities between Behavioral and Substance Addictions

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The brain controls a wide range of basic emotional and psychological responses, and the following mental and behavioral functions are all...

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Can I Become Addicted as an Adult If I Have No History of Drug Abuse?

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In 1956 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA), initiated an effort to understand addiction as...

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