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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.
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.
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.
What Symptoms to Expect When You Have Heroin...
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through heroin 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.
What Does Getting High on Meth Actually Feel...
Getting high on meth can change your perceptions, feelings and sensations.
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.
5 Side Effects to Expect From Meth Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through meth withdrawal.
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 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.
What to Expect From Caffeine Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through caffeine withdrawal.
The 5 Best Movies About LSD and Psychedelics
Five movies about lysergic acid (LSD).
How Cocaine Can Become Addictive
Is cocaine addictive? Addictions.
Everything You Should Know About Cocaine's...
Describes the ingredients that cocaine contains.
The Alarming Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Details symptoms of addiction experienced by addicts with dependencies and signs observed by concerned others.
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.
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.
Tips For Diarrhea Stomach Pain Treatment During...
Tips for controlling diarrhea stomach pain during drug withdrawal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips For Coping With Withdrawal Nausea and...
Tips for coping with withdrawal nausea and vomiting.
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.
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?
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription medication that can help treat heroin addiction and dependence on other opiates.
What's in Heroin That Makes It So Addictive?
Describes the ingredients that heroin contains.
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.
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.
The Truth About Acid
The truth about acid debunks five commonly held myths about LSD.
How Much Caffeine Is in Common Foods and Drinks?
The amount of caffeine that is in everyday foods and drinks.
Understanding Polyamorous Relationships
Glossary definition of the term polyamorous and if it has any relation to sex addiction.
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.
Can Marijuana Cause Infertility?
FAQ addressing whether marijuana can cause infertility, including a review of research on marijuana effects on fertility.
Read About the Different Classes of Controlled...
Describes categorization schedule for drugs under the Controlled Drugs Act (CDA)
Common Characteristics of Heroin Addiction
Explains the characteristics of heroin addiction, as distinct from non-problematic heroin use and heroin abuse.
Smoking and Breastfeeding
The effects of smoking on breastfeeding.
5 Movies About Ecstasy
Five movies about ecstasy (MDMA).
What to Do For Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome...
Tips for coping with post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
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.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between Soft Drugs and...
Answers the frequently asked question,
The 10 Most Addictive Painkillers
Ten of the most addictive painkillers on the market today. Steve
What Are Behavioral Addictions?
Describes behavioral (nonsubstance) addictions and provides links to articles on specific behavioral addictions like gambling and exercise.
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.
Can You Become Addicted to Exercise?
Describes the basic aspects of exercise addiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding an Addict
Understanding an addict and how an addict feels.
Why Did I Relapse?
It is common for people quitting or trying to control an addictive behavior to relapse at least once during recovery.
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.
What Are the Official Criteria For Addiction?
DSM-IV-TR criteria for addiction -- substance dependence
10 Reasons Why the Cycle of Sexual Abuse...
Details and reasons why people who were sexually abused as children have abusive relationships as adults.
What Is Euphoria?
Glossary definition of euphoria in the context of addiction. includes an example of drug euphoria.
10 Common Types of Sex Addiction
Dr Patrick Carnes identified ten types of addictive sexual behavior in his book, Don't Call It Love.
Pump and Dump
Explains the pump and dump method of maintaining lactation when your breastmilk could be contaminated with drugs or medications.
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.
What Is Withdrawal?
Withdrawal is an unpleasant state which occurs when someone who has been taking a drug regularly suddenly stops taking the drug.
Severe Withdrawal Tips
Learn how to go through withdrawal safely and how to cope with severe withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal Depression Tips
Tips for coping with withdrawal depression.
Acid Flashbacks
Explains what happens when someone experiences an acid flashback, or to give it the technical term, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder.
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.
Ten Cognitive Distortions Identified in CBT
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is based on identifying cognitive distortions, or "twisted thinking,"
The Difference Between Addictions and Compulsions
Explains the difference between addictions and compulsions.
Top 3 Tips for Coping With Withdrawal Cravings
Understanding cravings during withdrawal.
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.
Stimulant Use Disorder
This article outlines the criteria for the new diagnositic label of Stimulant Use Disorder, in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5.
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.
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.
Are Energy Drinks Actually Good for You?
Explains the effects of energy drinks.
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.
Withdrawal Fatigue Tip
Tips for coping with fatigue during withdrawal.
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.
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.
What Is a Therapeutic Relationship?
Outlines the aspects of the therapeutic relationship in addictions treatment.
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.
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.
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.
Is Shopping Addiction Real?
Provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of shopping addiction.
A Review of the SMART Recovery Program
Reviews the advantages and disadvantages of joining a SMART Recovery program for support in overcoming an addiction.
Can People Really Be Addicted to Sex?
Explores definitions and the controversy of the concept of sex addiction.
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.
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.
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.
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
Addiction Diagnosis
Describes the process of having a professional assessment and addiction diagnosis, including what to expect and how you will be treated.
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.
Ten Tips for a Healthy Sexual Intimacy After a...
The key characteristics of a healthy intimacy after treatment for a sexual addiction.
The Truth About Ecstasy
The truth about MDMA debunks five commonly held myths about the drug ecstasy.
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 Are Magic Mushrooms?
Glossary definition of magic mushrooms.
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.
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.
What Is Intoxication?
Definition of the term intoxication in regards to alcohol or drug use. Includes many uses of the word and an example.
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.
"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
Types of Gambler
Clarifies the differences between the most common types of frequent gambler. Describes types like professional, social, and problem gamblers.
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.
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.
Caffeine and Breastfeeding
Advice for breastfeeding moms on combining caffeine and breastfeeding.
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.
Can vitamin supplements to help me quit smoking?
When you quit smoking vitamin supplements can help reduce cravings.
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.
Tips on Controlling the Urge to Lie
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 Is Hallucination?
Glossary definition of hallucination. Learn about visual hallucinations as well as other types and non-drug and drug-related causes.
Should Workplace Drug Testing Be Allowed?
Recent medical technology developments have created workplace drug testing, to find out whether someone has recently used a drug. Read about its pros and cons. Page 2.
Before You Choose a Detox Program
Review of major considerations when deciding whether a detox program for your addiction is right for you.
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.
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 Food Addiction Real?
: Is Food Addiction Real? While some celebrities who struggle with obesity, such as Carnie Wilson , explain
What Is Pathological Gambling?
Explores the concept of pathological gambling as a behavioral addiction. Learn the characteristics and behavior of a compulsive gambler.
Addiction Treatment
Describes addiction treatment processes, including substance and behavioral addictions. Includes expectations and different formats of addiction treatment.
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.
What Are the Risks of Quitting Cold Turkey?
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Cannabis Use Disorder
Diagnostic criteria for Cannabis Use Disorder, a new diagnosis included in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5.
Types of Cybersex User
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.
Does Caffeine Improve Memory?
: Does Caffeine Improve Memory? I've noticed I seem more alert when I've had coffee. I'm generally quite
Ten Ways to Support Someone After a Death From...
Ten ways to support someone who has lost an addicted relative or loved one to a death from drugs.
What Is Sex Anorexia?
An introduction to the concept of sexual anorexia, developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, an expert in sex addiction.
Are Addictions to Behaviors or Activities Real...
We hear a lot about behavioral addictions these days -- that people can become addicted not only to alcohol or other drugs, but to seemingly normal activities such as sex, shopping, video games, gambling, eating and exercise. But are they really addictions? Page 2.
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.
What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive...
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 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.
Effects of Caffeine on the Body
Learn about the effects of caffeine on the body - your heart, blood pressure, and density can be seriously affected by the stimulant.
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.
What are the Effects of Caffeine on the Brain?
Explains the effects of caffeine on the brain and mental processes.
What Is Homeostasis?
Glossary definition of homeostasis, as used in the context of addictions. Also includes an example of how some attain it.
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.
What Is a Needle Exchange?
Needle exchange services provide injection drug users with clean needles, safe disposal of used needles, and sometimes other resources such as condoms, health advice, and access to treatment services.
Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?
Answers the question, Addictions.
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.
What is a K Hole?
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Addict Games That Frustrate and Manipulate...
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.
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.
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.
Families of Drug Addicts
Families of drug addicts, and families of people with other addictions other addictions need support too.
Five Cocaine Movies
This list of movie involving cocaine range from comedies to serious dramas. Explore how the theme is incorporated into these movies.
Ten Types of Overeating
Overeating is a common problem, but there are many different types of overeating. Here are ten of the most frequently cited ways that overeating can become a problem.
What Is Relapse?
Glossary definition of relapse. Includes a brief introduction, how an addict falling into relapse might feel, and examples.
Five Harm Reduction Tips for Heroin Users
Heroin use is a high risk activity, and is best avoided completely. However, heroin users can take steps to reduce the potential harm of taking heroin.
Before You Inject Drugs Unsafely
An overview of safe injection sites, places where people can go to safely and privately inject drugs.
What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Lost an...
Here are ten things you should avoid saying to someone or a family who has lost a relative or loved one with an addiction.
Before You Start Residential Treatment
Provides an overview of preparations that are advisable before entering a residential treatment program for an addiction.

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