Addictions: Most Popular Articles
A cocaine high can change the way you feel about yourself, and about other people, in your mind and in your body. But it isn't all good.
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through heroin withdrawal.
Heroin effects are intense, but can be unpleasant. For most people, the negative effects of heroin far outweigh the positive.
Tripping on acid (LSD) is a highly unpredictable experience, but there are some common features to the psychedelic experience.
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through cocaine withdrawal.
Glossary definition of the term polyamorous and if it has any relation to sex addiction.
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through meth withdrawal.
Find out what the effects of getting high on marijuana feel like before you consider trying this unpredictable drug.
Getting high on meth can change your perceptions, feelings and sensations.
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through caffeine withdrawal.
Tripping on acid can be very unpleasant, even terrifying. Knowing about some first hand experiences of those who have been through it can help you know what you would be letting yourself in for, if you took this unpredictable drug.
Do you have an addictive personality? Here are ten behaviors to get under control.
This is a fictitious account of the day to day experience and effects of daily marijuana smoking by a heavy pot smoker.
This answers the frequently asked question of what is asphyxiation. Includes the different drug-related causes for it as well as others causes.
Criteria for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM 5) Substane Use Disorders.
Guidance on how to help addicts, including how to support a loved one with an addiction and how to care for yourself. Explains what to expect when you suggest a family member or friend has an addiction.
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.
Is cocaine addictive? Addictions.
Glossary definition of the inhalant drug, amyl nitrite, also known as poppers.
FAQ addressing whether marijuana can cause infertility, including a review of research on marijuana effects on fertility.
Five movies about lysergic acid (LSD).
An introduction to the concept of sexual anorexia, developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, an expert in sex addiction.
Describes the ingredients that cocaine contains.
It's every parent's nightmare when they find a stash of pills in their child or partner's room. Learn about online identifiers that can help.
The effects of smoking on breastfeeding.
Drink safely by paying attention to your alcohol intake and its effects on your blood-alcohol content.
Is it possible to communicate with someone who has an addiction? Should you confront them, challenge them, or agree with whatever they say? Find out.
Tips for coping with withdrawal nausea and vomiting.
People with addictions are notorious for telling lies. But why do they do it? And how can family members and others who care cope with frequent lying?
Details symptoms of addiction experienced by addicts with dependencies and signs observed by concerned others.
The truth about acid debunks five commonly held myths about LSD.
Glossary definition of post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Includes other names for PAWS, common symptoms, and examples.
Describes categorization schedule for drugs under the Controlled Drugs Act (CDA)
How do people go from normal painkiller use to painkiller addiction? There are many factors, and some of the major ones are presented here.
Withdrawal insomnia from drugs or alcohol can last for a long time. Read about three ways to cut down on the sleeplessness caused by these substances.
Tips for controlling diarrhea stomach pain during drug withdrawal.
It is tough for anyone to say no to alcohol, but is very difficult for those who are quitting or cutting down on alcohol. Learns tips to make it easier.
Five commonly held myths about marijuana are debunked in this article.
Understanding cravings during withdrawal.
Dr Patrick Carnes identified ten types of addictive sexual behavior in his book, Don't Call It Love.
Learn how to go through withdrawal safely and how to cope with severe withdrawal symptoms.
Glossary definition of the hallucinogenic drug acid, also known as LSD. Learn about its history, original psychiatric use, and its recreational use.
A bad trip can happen suddenly and unexpectedly when you are on hallucinogenic drugs. These five tips will help you cope.
Ten of the most addictive painkillers on the market today. Steve
Needle exchange programs quietly exist in many communities, so that IV drug users can get clean equipment, but they can be hard to find.
Clear, concise definition of addiction, covering both substance and behavioral addictions. Includes examples of addictive behaviors and defining characteristics of the condition.
The amount of caffeine that is in everyday foods and drinks.
Definition of the term sexting in the context of sex addiction. Includes how this can affect teenagers and an example of sexting.
Describes the ingredients that heroin contains.
The truth about MDMA debunks five commonly held myths about the drug ecstasy.
Tips for coping with post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
Describes the basic aspects of exercise addiction.
How people overcome addiction, as described by the stages of change or transtheoretical model of addiction and behavior change.
Five movies about ecstasy (MDMA).
Details and reasons why people who were sexually abused as children have abusive relationships as adults.
Cocaine use is a high risk activity. While cocaine use is never safe, these tips will help reduce the risk of the greatest harm from occurring as a result of taking cocaine, although there is no guarantee.
Tips for coping with fatigue during withdrawal.
Withdrawal is an unpleasant state which occurs when someone who has been taking a drug regularly suddenly stops taking the drug.
Understanding an addict and how an addict feels.
Answers the frequently asked question,
Explores definitions and the controversy of the concept of sex addiction.
Explains the pump and dump method of maintaining lactation when your breastmilk could be contaminated with drugs or medications.
Tips for responding appropriately to, and controlling, withdrawal fever. Learn about signs if they need medical attention or how to perform home treatment.
How much alcohol is in one American standard drink? This frequently asked question is answered in terms of common alcoholic beverages.
A bad trip can happen after taking psychedelic drugs such as lysergic acid (LSD) or magic mushrooms. Learn about effects like frightening hallucinations.
There is a lot of uncertainty among mothers who breastfeed and among doctors about whether breastfeeding should be avoided among women who smoke marijuana. This article tells you what the research shows.
Addictive behaviors range from socially acceptable to socially deviant behavior, with a large grey area of socially problematic or somewhat stigmatized behavior.
Describes behavioral (nonsubstance) addictions and provides links to articles on specific behavioral addictions like gambling and exercise.
Tips for coping with withdrawal depression.
There has been a lot of concern in the addiction research field about the epidemic of gay meth use. Some
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through nicotine withdrawal, and how to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Glossary definition of the drug, Methoxetamine (MXE). Learn about how it is taken for recreational use and if it is legal.
Suboxone is a prescription medication that can help treat heroin addiction and dependence on other opiates.
Review of major considerations when deciding whether a detox program for your addiction is right for you.
Provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of shopping addiction.
Find out about the party-and-play phenomenon in the gay world. Explore how gay men and women use drugs for sexual pleasure.
Glossary definition of euphoria in the context of addiction. includes an example of drug euphoria.
Details of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Learn about how it is measured and it what way it is shown.
Reviews the advantages and disadvantages of joining a SMART Recovery program for support in overcoming an addiction.
The key characteristics of a healthy intimacy after treatment for a sexual addiction.
Glossary definition of the term psychosis. Learn about the clinical term, common causes and types, and the connection between drug use and psychosis.
Explains the difference between addictions and compulsions.
Outlines the aspects of the therapeutic relationship in addictions treatment.
Video game addiction is being recognized as a potentially harmful addictive behavior. Here are things you can do to stop developing this addiction.
Research shows that there are five different types of cybersex user, and not all of them have cybersex addiction or sexual problems. Here examples of each.
It is common for people quitting or trying to control an addictive behavior to relapse at least once during recovery.
: What Are the Risks of Quitting Cold Turkey? I have been trying to cut down on my drinking using the
An overview of the different types of marijuana and cannabis preparations.
DSM-IV-TR criteria for addiction -- substance dependence
Explains the characteristics of heroin addiction, as distinct from non-problematic heroin use and heroin abuse.
Glossary definition of magic mushrooms.
Learn about the outlines of the nature vs nurture debate as it applies to understanding addiction. It explores theories, complexities, and risks.
Glossary definition of homeostasis, as used in the context of addictions. Also includes an example of how some attain it.
Explains the effects of energy drinks.
Five movies about heroin that include famous actors like Ben Stiller and Frank Sinatra that cover heroin addiction and struggles over the decades.
Predators and bullies are using internet abuse to cyberbully their victims. Know each type of internet abuse, and how to protect yourself and your children.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is based on identifying cognitive distortions, or "twisted thinking,"
Advice for breastfeeding moms on combining caffeine and breastfeeding.
Although this is a glossary definition explaining what is Xanax, it also provides information on dosages, side effects, and the risks associated with taking Xanax.
Glossary definition of the term ritual. Includes non-drug descriptions and two examples in regards to rituals associated with addiction
When you quit smoking vitamin supplements can help reduce cravings.
here are many factors, physical, mental and emotional, that make quitting difficult. This is why so many people find treatment helpful, to guide them through the complex process of quitting -- although many people are successful quitting on their own.
Nutritional recovery tips during withdrawal.
Food addiction is a very real phenomenon that affects millions of people. One in three Americans is obese, and the addictive substances in the American diet are at least partly to blame.
Suggestions of ways that the family members of people with addictions can get the support that they need.
Describes the process of addiction to sexual activity based on the internet.
This article describes some of the ignorant, rude, or clueless comments or questions that people with drug addiction hear from family and friends.
Glossary definition of hallucination. Learn about visual hallucinations as well as other types and non-drug and drug-related causes.
We talk about alcohol in terms of drinks, but how much alcohol is actually in a standard drink?
: What is a K Hole? A typical question I might get from a user is: "Over the past year, I've experimented
Cravings are a normal reactions to discontinuing drug use. They can trigger a relapse, but try these simple strategies for curbing your cravings.
Glossary definition of rebound effect, as used in the context of addictions. includes an example and what it has to do with homeostasis.
Although drugs can sometimes numb emotional as well as physical pain, there are ways it can make the problem worse.
Learn about the main laws around drug possession and trafficking. Includes drug-related terms used by law enforcement.
Relationship issues is an early sign of an addiction, but internet addicts don't realize they can avoid hurting people by following ten rules of netiquette.
This list of movie involving cocaine range from comedies to serious dramas. Explore how the theme is incorporated into these movies.
I enjoy heavy drinking, but I don't think I'm an alcoholic. Am I in denial, or is my active social life OK?
Breastfeeding is highly recommended, but drug use while breastfeeding may cause problems for your baby. Learn about how using drugs can affect your baby.
Page 2 of article for men on how to calculate your blood alcohol level.
Motivational Interviewing is often used as the basis for treatment of addictions. This article outlines the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing.
The latest advice on drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.
Describes addiction treatment processes, including substance and behavioral addictions. Includes expectations and different formats of addiction treatment.
Marijuana users claimed that the drug was non-addictive and that there were no withdrawal symptoms when they quit. But research tells a different story.
Definition of the term intoxication in regards to alcohol or drug use. Includes many uses of the word and an example.
Addictions can take their toll on your self esteem from your own addiction, or that of a loved one. Build it back with these five simple steps.
Details of the diagnostic criteria for Opioid Use Disorder, a new substance use disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5.
Addict games are real-life versions of games we played as children. This shows five of the most popular games that you don’t realize you are playing.
Glossary definition of relapse. Includes a brief introduction, how an addict falling into relapse might feel, and examples.
Families of drug addicts, and families of people with other addictions other addictions need support too.
Five top tips for keeping your drinking under control and avoiding drinking too much at social events. Also learn about how to deal with alcoholic gifts.
Glossary definition of dissociation. Includes both physical and drug-related reasons for the psychological experience.
Often by the time you realize you need to cut down on your drinking, it's harder than you think to do so. But it is possible to get it under control.
Describes the behavioral patterns of different types of bingeing and purging, associated problems, relationship to addictions, and how to get help.
The self medication hypothesis is the idea that people use addictive substances or behaviors to cope with or treat a hidden physical or mental health issue.
Here are ten things you should avoid saying to someone or a family who has lost a relative or loved one with an addiction.
Rich or poor, we all have money problems at one time or another. But when are money problems a sign of addictive behavior?
Explains the effects of caffeine on the brain and mental processes.
The fact that you don't recall much of your childhood is also an indicator that you may have been exposed to a traumatic event during childhood.
Advice for breastfeeding moms on taking over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin.
An in-depth article on the short-term side effects of the addictive stimulant that is used daily but countless people.
Compulsive and impulsive shopping are often referred to as interchangeable, but there are key differences. Read about the motivations for each.
Spirituality and the belief in a higher power often comes up in approaches to overcome addiction, but what does it mean? And what if you aren't religious?
Laws and social stigma create situations where lies become a way of life for addicts. Here are tips for people with addictions who want to be honest.
What goes on in the mind of a shopaholic? Researchers have discovered a number of personality traits and psychological patterns that define shopaholics.
Answers the question, Addictions.
Retail therapy can seem like a quick and easy route to feeling good. But research tells a different story.
: A "comedown" is the experience of the initial euphoric effects of a drug, or other potentially addictive
Think your partner may be cheating online? Experts share five ways to tell if your partner is having an online affair, which may be a sign of sex addiction.
Explores the concept of pathological gambling as a behavioral addiction. Learn the characteristics and behavior of a compulsive gambler.
How to Spot a Dangerous Man describes eight types of dangerous men, gives defense strategies and a red alert checklist for each, and includes stories of successes and failures.