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Dating an Alcoholic

It’s tricky to judge whether you’re dating an alcoholic in the early days of a relationship. Everyone is on their best behavior, for one. If the other person turns down a second drink, it may prove they don’t want it. It might just prove that they don’t want to make a bad impression. You also…

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What is Chemical Dependency?

There are a lot of terms and phrases that you’ll hear when discussing addiction. Two popular ones are substance abuse and chemical dependency. While many people use those phrases interchangeably, they don’t mean the same thing. To understand dependency, we need to separate it from substance abuse. Substance Abuse The term substance abuse is really…

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Why Do People Do Drugs?

Millions of people use drugs around the world, and they do so for a range of reasons. There’s no easy answer to the question, “Why do people do drugs?” Every individual is unique, but there are definitely some common factors that come up again and again. Here are some of the most common reasons that…

Defining Substance Dependence

What does it mean to have an addiction? There are plenty of opinions about substance dependence. Few find their basis in fact. Here’s what you need to know today. Substance Dependence is a Medical Condition that Affects the Body You’ve probably heard about the disease model of addiction. It stipulates that the condition is a…

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Is Cocaine Addictive?

Cocaine affects the brain’s pleasure center. Its use results in temporary feelings of euphoria, strength, energy, and mental alertness. But it most certainly has a dark side. Is cocaine addictive and — if so — how do you overcome the dependence? Yes, You Can Develop a Dependence on Cocaine Quickly What makes this drug so…

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What Opioid Dependence Looks Like

Opioids are prescription medications that derive their effects from the opium poppy. Examples include OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. Many believe that medications they receive from a doctor are safe. In reality, these drugs can result in opioid dependence. Nobody Plans to Develop an Opioid Dependence The following is a common scenario that leads to addiction.…