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What Symptoms to Expect When You Have Heroin...
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through heroin withdrawal.
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 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 Meth Withdrawal And How You...
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through meth 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.
What Does Getting High on Meth Actually Feel...
Getting high on meth can change your perceptions, feelings and sensations.
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.
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.
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.
DSM 5 Criteria for Substance Use Disorders
Criteria for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM 5) Substane Use Disorders.
The Symptoms That You May Experience With...
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through caffeine withdrawal.
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.
How 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.
My Addicted Loved One Lies All the Time
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?
Is Cocaine Addictive?
Is cocaine addictive? Addictions.
What Is in Cocaine?
Describes the ingredients that cocaine contains.
The Truth About Acid
The truth about acid debunks five commonly held myths about LSD.
The Alarming Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Details symptoms of addiction experienced by addicts with dependencies and signs observed by concerned others.
What Is Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)?
Glossary definition of post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Includes other names for PAWS, common symptoms, and examples.
Five Myths About Marijuana
Five commonly held myths about marijuana are debunked in this article.
Withdrawal Insomnia Tips
Tips for coping with withdrawal insomnia.
Tips For Coping With Withdrawal Cravings
Understanding cravings during withdrawal.
Five Acid Movies
Five movies about lysergic acid (LSD).
What's in Heroin That Makes it so Addictive?
Describes the ingredients that heroin contains.
Tips For Coping With Withdrawal Nausea and...
Tips for coping with withdrawal nausea and vomiting.
What Are Poppers?
Glossary definition of the inhalant drug, amyl nitrite, also known as poppers.
What Are Controlled Drugs?
Describes categorization schedule for drugs under the Controlled Drugs Act (CDA)
How Painkiller Addiction or Overuse Happens
How do people go from normal painkiller use to painkiller addiction? There are many factors, and some of the major ones are presented here.
Severe Withdrawal Tips
Learn how to go through withdrawal safely and how to cope with severe withdrawal symptoms.
What Is Shopping Addiction?
Provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of shopping addiction.
Tips For Diarrhea Stomach Pain Treatment During...
Tips for controlling diarrhea stomach pain during drug withdrawal.
Understanding the Aspects of Addiction
Clear, concise definition of addiction, covering both substance and behavioral addictions. Includes examples of addictive behaviors and defining characteristics of the condition.
What to Do For Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome...
Tips for coping with post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
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.
Can Marijuana Cause Infertility?
FAQ addressing whether marijuana can cause infertility, including a review of research on marijuana effects on fertility.
The Stages of Change Model of Overcoming...
How people overcome addiction, as described by the stages of change or transtheoretical model of addiction and behavior change.
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.
Number of Drinks and Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
In calculating how many drinks you can safely consume, it is helpful to know about your blood alcohol level (BAC). This can be estimated based on your weight and how quickly you drink. This article provides information for men.
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.
Withdrawal Fatigue Tip
Tips for coping with fatigue during withdrawal.
Smoking and Breastfeeding
The effects of smoking on breastfeeding.
Withdrawal Depression Tips
Tips for coping with withdrawal depression.
Amount of Caffeine in Foods and Drinks
The amount of caffeine that is in everyday foods and drinks.
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 Is Sex Addiction?
Explores definitions and the controversy of the concept of sex addiction.
Ten Types of Sex Addiction in "Don't Call It...
9. Pain exchange The giving or receiving of pain, also known as sadomasochism or S&M, is a type of sexually
What Is Exercise Addiction?
Describes the basic aspects of exercise addiction.
Ten Most Addictive Pain Killers
Ten of the most addictive painkillers on the market today. Steve
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.
Five Ecstasy Movies
Five movies about ecstasy (MDMA).
The Cycle of Sexual Abuse
Details and reasons why people who were sexually abused as children have abusive relationships as adults.
Before You Choose a Detox Program
Review of major considerations when deciding whether a detox program for your addiction is right for you.
Marijuana and Breastfeeding
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 Withdrawal?
Withdrawal is an unpleasant state which occurs when someone who has been taking a drug regularly suddenly stops taking the drug.
Why Did I Relapse?
It is common for people quitting or trying to control an addictive behavior to relapse at least once during recovery.
Types of Marijuana
An overview of the different types of marijuana and cannabis preparations.
From Socially Acceptable to Social Deviant...
Addictive behaviors range from socially acceptable to socially deviant behavior, with a large grey area of socially problematic or somewhat stigmatized behavior.
What is the Difference Between Soft Drugs and...
: What is the Difference Between Soft Drugs and Hard Drugs? Some of my drinking buddies have started
Caffeine and Breastfeeding
Advice for breastfeeding moms on combining caffeine and breastfeeding.
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 Behavioral Addictions?
Describes behavioral (nonsubstance) addictions and provides links to articles on specific behavioral addictions like gambling and exercise.
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.
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 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 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.
What Is Sexual Anorexia?
An introduction to the concept of sexual anorexia, developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, an expert in sex addiction.
What Are the Official Criteria For Addiction?
DSM-IV-TR criteria for addiction -- substance dependence
Ten Cognitive Distortions Identified in CBT
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is based on identifying cognitive distortions, or "twisted thinking,"
Pump and Dump
Explains the pump and dump method of maintaining lactation when your breastmilk could be contaminated with druugs or medications.
Characteristics of Marijuana Abuse
Explains the characteristics of marijuana abuse, as distinct from non-problematic marijuana use and marijuana 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.
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 Euphoria?
Glossary definition of euphoria.
Are You a Workaholic?
An overview of the behavioral addiction, work addiction or workaholism.
Understanding an Addict
Understanding an addict and how an addict feels.
The Difference Between an Addiction and a...
Explains the difference between addictions and compulsions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Addiction
Cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as cognitive behavior therapy or CBT, is a psychological therapeutic technique which can be used for treating a range of mental health problems, including addiction.
What Is Video Game Addiction?
Video game addiction is increasingly being recognized as a problematic and potentially harmful addictive behavior. The latest research shows that video games are addictive, and that adults as well as children are at risk for developing gamig addiction. But there is a lot you can do to prevent yourself or your child from developing video game addiction. And if you or your child are already addicted to video games, it's not too late to get treatment.
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.
The Truth About MDMA
The truth about MDMA debunks five commonly held myths about the drug ecstasy.
What is a K Hole?
: What is a K Hole? A typical question I might get from a user is: "Over the past year, I've experimented
What are the Effects of Caffeine on the Brain?
Explains the effects of caffeine on the brain and mental processes.
What is Psychosis?
Glossary definition of the term psychosis.
What Are the Risks of Quitting Cold Turkey?
: What Are the Risks of Quitting Cold Turkey? I have been trying to cut down on my drinking using the
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 You Don't Know About Asphyxiation
This answers the frequently asked question of what is asphyxiation. Includes the different drug-related causes for it as well as others causes.
What Does Polyamorous Mean?
Glossary definition of the term polyamorous and if it has any relation to sex addiction.
Internet Sex Addiction
Describes the process of addiction to sexual activity based on the internet.
What Are Magic Mushrooms?
Glossary definition of magic mushrooms.
What is MXE?
Glossary definition of the drug, Methoxetamine (MXE). Learn about how it is taken for recreational use and if it is legal.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of Homeostasis
Glossary definition of homeostasis, as used in the context of addictions. Also includes an example of how some attain it.
Nutritional Recovery Tips During Withdrawal
Nutritional recovery tips during withdrawal.
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.
Types of Gambler
Clarifies the differences between the most common types of frequent gambler.
Addict Games That Frustrate and Manipulate...
Addict games are real-life versions of games we played as children. Back then, it was all in fun. Now, it can be deadly serious. This humorous take on the metaphor of game-playing presents five of the most popular addict games that can hurt you if you don’t realize you are playing.
Definition of Rebound Effect
Glossary definition of rebound effect, as used in the context of addictions.
Why Did My Cheating Spouse Have an Online Affair?
Why are people in real relationships drawn to having online affairs?
What Is Suboxone?
Glossary definition of suboxone. Addictions.
Bingeing and Purging
Describes the behavioral patterns of different types of bingeing and purging, associated problems, relationship to addictions, and how to get help.
Five Cocaine Movies
Movies about cocaine.
What Is a Therapeutic Relationship?
Outlines the aspects of the therapeutic relationship in addictions treatment.
Can vitamin supplements to help me quit smoking?
When you quit smoking vitamin supplements can help reduce cravings.
Ten Tips for a Healthy Sexual Intimacy After a...
The key characteristics of a healthy intimacy after treatment for a sexual addiction.
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?
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.
Effects of Energy Drinks
Explains the effects of energy drinks.
Addiction Treatment
Describes the addiction treatment process, including substance and behavioral addictions. Includes expectations and different formats of addiction treatment.
What Is Dissociation?
Glossary definition of dissociation. Includes both physical and drug-related reasons for the psychological experience.
Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?
: Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug? My 21-year-old son left home a couple of years ago, but still comes home
Harm Reduction Tips for Marijuana Users
Marijuana can be potentially harmful, but there is a lot you can do to reduce the risks. But the only way of avoiding harm completely is by avoiding the drug completely.
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, so you know what to expect from this approach.
Five Types of Internet Abuse Used to Cyberbully
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.
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'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 Is BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration)?
Details of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).
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?
Characteristics of Marijuana Addiction
Explains the characteristics of marijuana addiction, as distinct from non-problematic marijuana use and marijuana abuse.
What Is Relapse?
Glossary definition of relapse. Includes a brief introduction, how an addict falling into relapse might feel, and examples.
How Can I Quit My Addiction?
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Is Ritalin Addictive?
Ritalin is widely prescribed for both children and adults who have ADD and ADHD, but it also has the potential for abuse. So is it addictive?
Five Ways to Build Self Esteem
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.
What Is Pathological Gambling?
Explores the concept of pathological gambling as a behavioral addiction. Learn the characteristics and behavior of a compulsive gambler.
Family Members – Get Help For Yourself...
Suggestions of ways that the family members of people with addictions can get the support that they need.
Should Workplace Drug Testing Be Allowed?
Recent developments in medical technology have paved the way for workplace drug testing, to find out whether someone has recently used a drug. But should workplace drug testing of employees by their employers be allowed? Page 2.
Alcohol and Breastfeeding
The latest advice on drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.
Food Addiction 101
Eating is a healthy, normal and pleasurable behavior, but can become unhealthy when the wrong foods or the wrong amounts are eaten.
What is Sexting?
Definition of the term sexting. Addictions.
What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Lost an...
Sooner or later, the families and friends of people with addictions are faced with the person's death. They need the support of those around them, but often people say the wrong thing, even when trying to help. Here are ten things you should avoid saying to someone who has lost a relative or loved one with an addiction.
Recreational Marijuana Use
Explains the characteristics of unproblematic recreational marijuana use, as distinct from marijuana abuse and marijuana dependence.
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 Gambling Disorder?
Gambling Disorder is a new behavioral addiction diagnosis included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition or DSM-5.
Five Heroin Movies
Five movies about heroin.
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.
How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get...
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.
What are the Side Effects of Caffeine?
: What are the Side Effects of Caffeine? I started a new job a few months ago, and my office is right
Characteristics of Heroin Addiction
Explains the characteristics of heroin addiction, as distinct from non-problematic heroin use and heroin abuse.
Addiction Diagnosis
Describes the process of having a professional assessment and addiction diagnosis, including what to expect and how you will be treated.
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.
Was I Sexually Abused?
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.
What Is a Craving?
Glossary definition of craving. Addictions.
Families of Drug Addicts
Families of drug addicts, and families of people with other addictions other addictions need support too.
Can I Control My Alcohol Consumption?
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.
Should I Drink Low Alcohol or Alcohol Free...
Low alcohol drinks are widely available -- but are they a good idea?
What Is a Ritual?
: A ritual is a set of actions, which often have symbolic value. Rituals are most well-known in religious
What Is Hallucination?
Glossary definition of hallucination
Can I Combine Drugs and Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is highly recommended, but if you use drugs while breastfeeding -- whether prescription, over the counter, recreational or illicit drugs -- they may cause problems for your baby. How can you decide whether or not to breastfeed your baby if you are on medication, drink, smoke or take drugs?

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