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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 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.
What Symptoms to Expect When You Have Heroin...
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through heroin withdrawal.
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 Does Getting High on Meth Actually Feel...
Getting high on meth can change your perceptions, feelings and sensations.
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.
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.
Understanding Polyamorous Relationships
Glossary definition of the term polyamorous and if it has any relation to sex addiction.
What You Can Expect During Cocaine Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through cocaine withdrawal.
The 5 Best Movies About LSD and Psychedelics
Five movies about lysergic acid (LSD).
What to Expect From Caffeine Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through caffeine withdrawal.
How Cocaine Can Become Addictive
Is cocaine addictive? Addictions.
Everything You Should Know About Cocaine's...
Describes the ingredients that cocaine contains.
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.
Get the Facts About Poppers
Glossary definition of the inhalant drug, amyl nitrite, also known as poppers.
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.
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 Alarming Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Details symptoms of addiction experienced by addicts with dependencies and signs observed by concerned others.
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 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.
Tips For Coping With Withdrawal Nausea and...
Tips for coping with withdrawal nausea and vomiting.
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's in Heroin That Makes It So Addictive?
Describes the ingredients that heroin contains.
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.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription medication that can help treat heroin addiction and dependence on other opiates.
What Is PAWS?
Glossary definition of post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Includes other names for PAWS, common symptoms, and examples.
Read About the Different Classes of Controlled...
Describes categorization schedule for drugs under the Controlled Drugs Act (CDA)
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.
How Much Caffeine Is in Common Foods and Drinks?
The amount of caffeine that is in everyday foods and drinks.
What to Do For Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome...
Tips for coping with post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
The Truth About Acid
The truth about acid debunks five commonly held myths about LSD.
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.
5 Movies About Ecstasy
Five movies about ecstasy (MDMA).
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.
The 6 Important Stages of Overcoming Addiction
This describe the precontemplation stage, the first stage of Prochaska and DiClemente's stages of change model of addiction and behavior change.
What is the Difference Between Soft Drugs and...
Answers the frequently asked question,
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.
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.
Common Characteristics of Heroin Addiction
Explains the characteristics of heroin addiction, as distinct from non-problematic heroin use and heroin abuse.
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 Marijuana Cause Infertility?
FAQ addressing whether marijuana can cause infertility, including a review of research on marijuana effects on fertility.
The 10 Most Addictive Painkillers
Ten of the most addictive painkillers on the market today. Steve
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 Are Behavioral Addictions?
Describes behavioral (nonsubstance) addictions and provides links to articles on specific behavioral addictions like gambling and exercise.
Smoking and Breastfeeding
The effects of smoking on breastfeeding.
Can You Become Addicted to Exercise?
This article gives an overview of exercise addiction. While it is thought of as a healthy behavior, exercise can be addictive, like alcohol or drugs.
What Is Euphoria?
Glossary definition of euphoria in the context of addiction. includes an example of drug euphoria.
10 Reasons Why the Cycle of Sexual Abuse...
Details and reasons why people who were sexually abused as children have abusive relationships as adults.
10 Common Types of Sex Addiction
Dr Patrick Carnes identified ten types of addictive sexual behavior in his book, Don't Call It Love.
Understanding an Addict
Understanding an addict and how an addict feels.
What Are the Official Criteria For Addiction?
DSM-IV-TR criteria for addiction -- substance dependence
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.
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 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.
"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 Marijuana
An overview of the different types of marijuana and cannabis preparations.
The Difference Between Addictions and Compulsions
Explains the difference between addictions and compulsions.
Severe Withdrawal Tips
Learn how to go through withdrawal safely and how to cope with severe withdrawal symptoms.
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.
Pump and Dump
Explains the pump and dump method of maintaining lactation when your breastmilk could be contaminated with drugs or medications.
Why Did I Relapse?
It is common for people quitting or trying to control an addictive behavior to relapse at least once during recovery.
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 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.
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.
5 Surprising Marijuana Myths You Should Know
Five commonly held myths about marijuana are debunked in this article.
What Is Withdrawal?
Withdrawal is an unpleasant state which occurs when someone who has been taking a drug regularly suddenly stops taking the drug.
Top 3 Tips for Coping With Withdrawal Cravings
Understanding cravings during withdrawal.
Withdrawal Fatigue Tip
Tips for coping with fatigue during withdrawal.
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.
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.
Acid Flashbacks
Explains what happens when someone experiences an acid flashback, or to give it the technical term, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder.
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 Are Magic Mushrooms?
Glossary definition of magic mushrooms.
Are Energy Drinks Actually Good for You?
Explains the effects of energy drinks.
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.
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.
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 Are Drug Laws?
Learn about the main laws around drug possession and trafficking. Includes drug-related terms used by law enforcement.
What Is a Therapeutic Relationship?
Outlines the aspects of the therapeutic relationship in addictions treatment.
Addiction Diagnosis
Describes the process of having a professional assessment and addiction diagnosis, including what to expect and how you will be treated.
The Truth About Ecstasy
The truth about MDMA debunks five commonly held myths about the drug ecstasy.
Is Shopping Addiction Real?
Provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of shopping addiction.
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
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.
Can People Really Be Addicted to Sex?
Explores definitions and the controversy of the concept of sex addiction.
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.
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?
Withdrawal Depression Tips
Tips for coping with withdrawal depression.
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 Cognitive Distortions Identified in CBT
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is based on identifying cognitive distortions, or "twisted thinking,"
A Review of the SMART Recovery Program
Reviews the advantages and disadvantages of joining a SMART Recovery program for support in overcoming an addiction.
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.
Ten Tips for a Healthy Sexual Intimacy After a...
The key characteristics of a healthy intimacy after treatment for a sexual addiction.
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 Risks of Quitting Cold Turkey?
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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.
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.
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 Motivational Interviewing?
Motivational Interviewing is often used as the basis for treatment of addictions. This article outlines the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing.
What are the Effects of Caffeine on the Brain?
Explains the effects of caffeine on the brain and mental processes.
What Is Sex Anorexia?
An introduction to the concept of sexual anorexia, developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, an expert in sex addiction.
What is a K Hole?
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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.
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.
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.
Types of Gambler
Clarifies the differences between the most common types of frequent gambler. Describes types like professional, social, and problem gamblers.
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.
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.
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.
Caffeine and Breastfeeding
Advice for breastfeeding moms on combining caffeine and breastfeeding.
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.
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 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 Relapse?
Glossary definition of relapse. Includes a brief introduction, how an addict falling into relapse might feel, and examples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Families of Drug Addicts
Families of drug addicts, and families of people with other addictions other addictions need support too.
What Is Hallucination?
Glossary definition of hallucination. Learn about visual hallucinations as well as other types and non-drug and drug-related causes.
Before You Choose a Detox Program
Review of major considerations when deciding whether a detox program for your addiction is right for you.
Addiction Treatment
Describes addiction treatment processes, including substance and behavioral addictions. Includes expectations and different formats of addiction treatment.
Can You Overdose on Caffeine?
: Can You Overdose on Caffeine? How much is too much caffeine, and what are the signs and symptoms of
Alcohol and Breastfeeding
The latest advice on drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.
What is a Drug Dealer
Definition of the term drug dealer
What Is Homeostasis?
Glossary definition of homeostasis, as used in the context of addictions. Also includes an example of how some attain it.
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.
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.
Nutritional Recovery Tips During Withdrawal
Nutritional recovery tips during withdrawal.
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 For an Accurate Diagnosis
The diagnostic process is stressful, but follow these tips and you are more likely to find out whether you actually have an addiction, and to get the help you need.
How to Prevent Addiction in Your Kids
Here are ten tips for parents who want know what kinds of parent discipline prevents addiction problems in their kids.
Does Caffeine Improve Memory?
: Does Caffeine Improve Memory? I've noticed I seem more alert when I've had coffee. I'm generally quite
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 is the DSM?
Glossary definition of DSM. Addictions.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
Characteristics of Marijuana Addiction
Explains the characteristics of marijuana addiction, as distinct from non-problematic marijuana use and marijuana abuse.
What is a Comedown
: A "comedown" is the experience of the initial euphoric effects of a drug, or other potentially addictive
What is Substance/Medication-Induced Psychotic...
Psychosis can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Psychotic Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced psychosis.
Why Drinkers Decide To Reduce Their Alcohol...
Heavy drinkers tend to get into the habit of drinking a lot on a regular basis. But most of them change at some point, with or without help. What makes them want to change?

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