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General information about addiction, including definitions, symptoms, and theories of how addiction happens.
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What is a Drug?
The word drug is commonly used in everyday language, but doesn't always mean the same thing -- so what is a drug?

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Sexual Dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction, such as impotence, can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Sexual Dysfunction is the official diagnostic label for substance induced sexual problems.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety or panic can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced anxiety.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Self Esteem?
Explains what self esteem is and the role of self esteem in addiction and recovery.

Understanding an Addict
Understanding an addict and how an addict feels.

What is Marketing?
Explains the role of marketing in addictions

Ten Things to Stop Doing If You Have an Addictive Personality
Do you have an addictive personality? Here are ten behaviors to get under control.

The Self Medication Theory of Addiction
The self medication hypothesis is the idea that people use addictive substances or behaviors to compensate for an underlying problem.

The Nature Vs Nurture Debate
Outlines the nature vs nurture debate as it applies to understanding addiction.

What Are Set and Setting?
Definition of the terms set and setting as used in addiction research.

Addictive Behaviors -- From Socially Acceptable to Deviant Behavior
Addictive behaviors range from socially acceptable to socially deviant behavior, with a large grey area of socially problematic or somewhat stigmatized behavior.

What Is Peer Pressure?
Peer pressure is a term used to describe the way that people of the same social group -- peers -- can influence on another, often in negative ways.

5 Things Not to Say to Someone With a Drug Addiction
This article describes some of the ignorant, rude, or just plain clueless comments or questions that people with drug addiction hear from family and friends. If a friend, partner, parent or child is struggling with a drug addiction, avoid hurting their feelings by avoiding these or similar comments.

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