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What Do the Effects of a Cocaine High Feel Like?
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.
What Symptoms to Expect When You Have Heroin...
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through heroin withdrawal.
What Does an Acid Trip Really Feel Like?
Tripping on acid (LSD) is a highly unpredictable experience, but there are some common features to the psychedelic experience.
The Dangerous Effects of Heroin Addiction
Heroin effects are intense, but can be unpleasant. For most people, the negative effects of heroin far outweigh the positive.
5 Side Effects to Expect From Meth Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through meth withdrawal.
DSM 5 Criteria for Substance Use Disorders
Criteria for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM 5) Substane Use Disorders.
Read 5 Accounts of Bad Acid Trips
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.
What Do the Effects of a Marijuana High Feel...
Find out what the effects of getting high on marijuana feel like before you consider trying this unpredictable drug.
What Does Getting High on Meth Actually Feel...
Getting high on meth can change your perceptions, feelings and sensations.
What Was That Pill You Found?
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.
What You Can Expect During Cocaine Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through cocaine withdrawal.
9 Ways to Communicate With Someone Who Has an...
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.
Understanding Polyamorous Relationships
Glossary definition of the term polyamorous and if it has any relation to sex addiction.
How Cocaine Can Become Addictive
Is cocaine addictive? Addictions.
What to Expect From Caffeine Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through caffeine withdrawal.
The Alarming Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Details symptoms of addiction experienced by addicts with dependencies and signs observed by concerned others.
Everything You Should Know About Cocaine's...
Describes the ingredients that cocaine contains.
The 5 Best Movies About LSD and Psychedelics
Five movies about lysergic acid (LSD).
What is Asphyxiation?
This answers the frequently asked question of what is asphyxiation. Includes the different drug-related causes for it as well as others causes.
10 Things You Need to Stop Doing If You Have an...
Do you have an addictive personality? Here are ten behaviors to get under control.
How to Emotionally Support Someone With an...
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.
What Is PAWS?
Glossary definition of post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Includes other names for PAWS, common symptoms, and examples.
Get the Facts About Poppers
Glossary definition of the inhalant drug, amyl nitrite, also known as poppers.
Number of Drinks and Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
Drink safely by paying attention to your alcohol intake and its effects on your blood-alcohol content.
Can Marijuana Cause Infertility?
FAQ addressing whether marijuana can cause infertility, including a review of research on marijuana effects on fertility.
Five Best Gifts For a Drug Addict
Wondering what to buy for the drug addict in your life? Worried it will make their addiction worse? Here are the five best gifts for a drug addict that won't worsen their habit.
Tips For Coping With Withdrawal Nausea and...
Tips for coping with withdrawal nausea and vomiting.
The Truth About Acid
The truth about acid debunks five commonly held myths about LSD.
How to Cope With a Bad Acid Trip
A bad trip can happen suddenly and unexpectedly when you are on hallucinogenic drugs. These five tips will help you cope.
The Most Comprehensive Definition of Peer...
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.
What to Do When Your Addicted Loved One Lies
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?
Everything You Wanted to Know About Addictions
Clear, concise definition of addiction, covering both substance and behavioral addictions. Includes examples of addictive behaviors and defining characteristics of the condition.
How Much Caffeine Is in Common Foods and Drinks?
The amount of caffeine that is in everyday foods and drinks.
Read About the Different Classes of Controlled...
Describes categorization schedule for drugs under the Controlled Drugs Act (CDA)
Tips For Diarrhea Stomach Pain Treatment During...
Tips for controlling diarrhea stomach pain during drug withdrawal.
Common Characteristics of Heroin Addiction
Explains the characteristics of heroin addiction, as distinct from non-problematic heroin use and heroin abuse.
What is a Bad Trip?
A bad trip can happen after taking psychedelic drugs such as lysergic acid (LSD) or magic mushrooms. Learn about effects like frightening hallucinations.
3 Ways to Deal With Withdrawal Insomnia
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.
What to Do For Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome...
Tips for coping with post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription medication that can help treat heroin addiction and dependence on other opiates.
The 6 Important Stages of Overcoming Addiction
How people overcome addiction, as described by the stages of change or transtheoretical model of addiction and behavior change.
10 Reasons Why People Abuse Prescription...
How do people go from normal painkiller use to painkiller addiction? There are many factors, and some of the major ones are presented here.
What Is Acid?
Glossary definition of the hallucinogenic drug acid, also known as LSD. Learn about its history, original psychiatric use, and its recreational use.
What's in Heroin That Makes It So Addictive?
Describes the ingredients that heroin contains.
The 10 Most Addictive Painkillers
Ten of the most addictive painkillers on the market today. Steve
Smoking and Breastfeeding
The effects of smoking on breastfeeding.
5 Surprising Marijuana Myths You Should Know
Five commonly held myths about marijuana are debunked in this article.
Types of Marijuana
An overview of the different types of marijuana and cannabis preparations.
Heroin Use
Describes research indicating that some heroin users can control their use without becoming addicted, and the process that determines whether or not people become addicted to opiates.
Harm Reduction Tips for Cocaine Users
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.
5 Movies About Ecstasy
Five movies about ecstasy (MDMA).
Severe Withdrawal Tips
Learn how to go through withdrawal safely and how to cope with severe withdrawal symptoms.
What is the Difference Between Soft Drugs and...
Answers the frequently asked question,
What Are Behavioral Addictions?
Describes behavioral (nonsubstance) addictions and provides links to articles on specific behavioral addictions like gambling and exercise.
Understanding an Addict
Understanding an addict and how an addict feels.
What Is Euphoria?
Glossary definition of euphoria in the context of addiction. includes an example of drug euphoria.
Pump and Dump
Explains the pump and dump method of maintaining lactation when your breastmilk could be contaminated with drugs or medications.
What Is Withdrawal?
Withdrawal is an unpleasant state which occurs when someone who has been taking a drug regularly suddenly stops taking the drug.
10 Common Types of Sex Addiction
Dr Patrick Carnes identified ten types of addictive sexual behavior in his book, Don't Call It Love.
How Much Alcohol Is In a Standard Drink or Unit?
We talk about alcohol in terms of drinks, but how much alcohol is actually in a standard drink?
What is MXE?
Glossary definition of the drug, Methoxetamine (MXE). Learn about how it is taken for recreational use and if it is legal.
Tips For Withdrawal Fever Management
Tips for responding appropriately to, and controlling, withdrawal fever. Learn about signs if they need medical attention or how to perform home treatment.
Can You Become Addicted to Exercise?
Describes the basic aspects of exercise addiction.
Are Energy Drinks Actually Good for You?
Explains the effects of energy drinks.
Why Wait Until You Hit Rock Bottom?
One of the least helpful things that the 12 step movement has done for people with addictions is to spread the myth that to recover from an addiction, you need
Acid Flashbacks
Explains what happens when someone experiences an acid flashback, or to give it the technical term, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder.
How to Find a Needle Exchange Program
Needle exchange programs quietly exist in many communities, so that IV drug users can get clean equipment, but they can be hard to find.
The Self Medication Theory of Addiction
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.
What is a K Hole?
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What Is BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration)?
Details of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Learn about how it is measured and it what way it is shown.
Video Game Addiction 101: The Basics You Should...
Video game addiction is being recognized as a potentially harmful addictive behavior. Here are things you can do to stop developing this addiction.
What to Expect from Cannabis Withdrawal
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.
Top 3 Tips for Coping With Withdrawal Cravings
Understanding cravings during withdrawal.
Is Shopping Addiction Real?
Provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of shopping addiction.
How Addictions Can Actually Be About Fitting In
Addictive behaviors range from socially acceptable to socially deviant behavior, with a large grey area of socially problematic or somewhat stigmatized behavior.
Party and Play
Find out about the party-and-play phenomenon in the gay world. Explore how gay men and women use drugs for sexual pleasure.
Five Ways to Say No to Alcohol
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.
10 Reasons Why the Cycle of Sexual Abuse...
Details and reasons why people who were sexually abused as children have abusive relationships as adults.
Opioid Use Disorder
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.
What to Expect from Nicotine Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through nicotine withdrawal, and how to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Addiction Diagnosis
Describes the process of having a professional assessment and addiction diagnosis, including what to expect and how you will be treated.
What Are the Official Criteria For Addiction?
DSM-IV-TR criteria for addiction -- substance dependence
The Truth About Ecstasy
The truth about MDMA debunks five commonly held myths about the drug ecstasy.
Withdrawal Fatigue Tip
Tips for coping with fatigue during withdrawal.
Ten Cognitive Distortions Identified in CBT
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is based on identifying cognitive distortions, or "twisted thinking,"
"Being Treated Like a Drug Addict"
This post was written back in March 2009, but it seems as relevant as ever, as I'm still getting comments on it from readers. It is being included in the
Myths and Realities of Gay Meth Use
There has been a lot of concern in the addiction research field about the epidemic of gay meth use. Some
Important Health Risks of Marijuana Use While...
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.
What is Psychosis?
Glossary definition of the term psychosis. Learn about the clinical term, common causes and types, and the connection between drug use and psychosis.
A Review of the SMART Recovery Program
Reviews the advantages and disadvantages of joining a SMART Recovery program for support in overcoming an addiction.
Why Did I Relapse?
It is common for people quitting or trying to control an addictive behavior to relapse at least once during recovery.
The Difference Between Addictions and Compulsions
Explains the difference between addictions and compulsions.
What Is a Therapeutic Relationship?
Outlines the aspects of the therapeutic relationship in addictions treatment.
What is Xanax?
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.
What Is Sex Anorexia?
An introduction to the concept of sexual anorexia, developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, an expert in sex addiction.
Caffeine and Breastfeeding
Advice for breastfeeding moms on combining caffeine and breastfeeding.
What Are Magic Mushrooms?
Glossary definition of magic mushrooms.
How Much Alcohol is in an American Standard...
How much alcohol is in one American standard drink? This frequently asked question is answered in terms of common alcoholic beverages.
Withdrawal Depression Tips
Tips for coping with withdrawal depression.
What are the Side Effects of Caffeine?
An in-depth article on the short-term side effects of the addictive stimulant that is used daily but countless people.
Can People Really Be Addicted to Sex?
Explores definitions and the controversy of the concept of sex addiction.
Ten Tips for a Healthy Sexual Intimacy After a...
The key characteristics of a healthy intimacy after treatment for a sexual addiction.
Can I Combine Drugs and Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is highly recommended, but drug use while breastfeeding may cause problems for your baby. Learn about how using drugs can affect your baby.
What Are the Risks of Quitting Cold Turkey?
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What Is Intoxication?
Definition of the term intoxication in regards to alcohol or drug use. Includes many uses of the word and an example.
How Can I Quit My Addiction?
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.
Why Did My Cheating Spouse Have an Online Affair?
Why are people in real relationships drawn to having online affairs?
What Is Delusion?
Glossary definition of the term delusion in the context of drug addiction. Learn about different types of delusions and how they can affect you.
What Is Hallucination?
Glossary definition of hallucination. Learn about visual hallucinations as well as other types and non-drug and drug-related causes.
What Is Motivational Interviewing?
Motivational Interviewing is often used as the basis for treatment of addictions. This article outlines the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing.
Addiction Treatment
Describes addiction treatment processes, including substance and behavioral addictions. Includes expectations and different formats of addiction treatment.
Five Ways to Curb Your Drug Cravings
Cravings are a normal reactions to discontinuing drug use. They can trigger a relapse, but try these simple strategies for curbing your cravings.
What is Hyponatremia?
Glossary definition of the term hyponatremia.
What is Food Addiction?
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.
What Is Methadone?
: What Is Methadone? I have been addicted to heroin for years, and every time I quit I relapse. I have
What Not to Say to Someone With a Drug Addiction
This article describes some of the ignorant, rude, or clueless comments or questions that people with drug addiction hear from family and friends.
Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?
Answers the question, Addictions.
What are the Effects of Caffeine on the Brain?
Explains the effects of caffeine on the brain and mental processes.
Before You Choose a Detox Program
Review of major considerations when deciding whether a detox program for your addiction is right for you.
What Is a Ritual?
Glossary definition of the term ritual. Includes non-drug descriptions and two examples in regards to rituals associated with addiction
Five Cocaine Movies
This list of movie involving cocaine range from comedies to serious dramas. Explore how the theme is incorporated into these movies.
Five Worst Gifts For a Drug Addict
Drug addicts are difficult to buy gifts for. They may seem to lack interests outside of their drug use, and you might wonder whether they will sell the gift to buy drugs, or exchange it for drugs. If you don't want to make matters worse, but do want to treat the drug addict in your life, here are the five worst gifts for a drug addict that you should avoid giving this year.
What Is Pathological Gambling?
Explores the concept of pathological gambling as a behavioral addiction. Learn the characteristics and behavior of a compulsive gambler.
How CBT Helped Nathan Quit Cocaine
This story provides an example of how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helped Nathan quit cocaine. While the characters and the story are fictitious, the characteristics and circumstances described are typical of people who come for treatment. Nathan’s story is presented for illustrative purposes, to help readers understand how CBT can help people quit cocaine.
Types of Gambler
Clarifies the differences between the most common types of frequent gambler. Describes types like professional, social, and problem gamblers.
What to Expect from Alcohol Withdrawal
Do you know what to expect if you suddenly stop drinking alcohol? How alcohol withdrawal symptoms can affect you, and why you might need medical help.
Get Inside the Mind of a Shopaholic
What goes on in the mind of a shopaholic? Researchers have discovered a number of personality traits and psychological patterns that define shopaholics.
How Can I Stop Hurting?
Although drugs can sometimes numb emotional as well as physical pain, there are ways it can make the problem worse.
DSM-IV to DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for...
The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has changed the criteria for Substance Use Disorders. Find out how this affects the diagnosis of problematic substance use.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Addiction
Cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, is a psychological therapeutic technique used for treating many mental health problems including addiction.
5 Ways Relationship Counseling Can Help With an...
Relationship counseling is recommended for people seeking treatment for addictions. But why focus on the relationship when addiction is the problem?
Can You Overdose on Caffeine?
: Can You Overdose on Caffeine? How much is too much caffeine, and what are the signs and symptoms of
Is Your Partner Cheating Online?
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.
Internet Sex Addiction
Describes the process of addiction to sexual activity based on the internet.
What is Caffeine?
Glossary definition of the common drug, caffeine.
What Is Homeostasis?
Glossary definition of homeostasis, as used in the context of addictions. Also includes an example of how some attain it.
Definition of Rebound Effect
Glossary definition of rebound effect, as used in the context of addictions. includes an example and what it has to do with homeostasis.
Five Ways to Say No to Marijuana
Many people find themselves in a situation where they are offered marijuana. Saying no can feel awkward -- you don't want others to see you as uptight, judgemental or fearful, but you have your reasons for not wanting to use marijuana. The best ways to say no are casual, polite responses to an offer, which provide an excuse that can't be argued with.
What's the Difference Between Compulsive...
Compulsive and impulsive shopping are often referred to as interchangeable, but there are key differences. Read about the motivations for each.
When Does Working Out Become an Addiction?
Exercise addiction is probably the most contradictory of all the addictions. Not only is exercise a widely promoted health behavior, it is an important part of
What Is Relapse?
Glossary definition of relapse. Includes a brief introduction, how an addict falling into relapse might feel, and examples.
Ten Rules of Netiquette
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.
Can vitamin supplements to help me quit smoking?
When you quit smoking vitamin supplements can help reduce cravings.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a state of mental awareness and focus that is used in meditation practices, and is increasingly used in therapy.
What is the nature vs nurture debate?
Learn about the outlines of the nature vs nurture debate as it applies to understanding addiction. It explores theories, complexities, and risks.
Marijuana Problems
Explains the differences between marijuana use, marijuana abuse, and marijuana addiction or dependence.
Do You Know About Dissociation?
Glossary definition of dissociation. Includes both physical and drug-related reasons for the psychological experience.
Bingeing and Purging
Describes the behavioral patterns of different types of bingeing and purging, associated problems, relationship to addictions, and how to get help.
What is Sexting?
Definition of the term sexting in the context of sex addiction. Includes how this can affect teenagers and an example of sexting.
A Higher Power, Spirituality and Addiction
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?
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