Drug dependency and addiction are different. When a person is physically dependent on a drug, their body has built up a tolerance to it, and a higher dose of the medication is needed to get the same effect. An addiction is more than physical, it’s also emotional and is often associated with uncontrolled behaviors.
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Abuse of drugs and alcohol can lead to addiction, possible overdose, worsening mental health problems, and delays in addressing physical and mental health conditions. With rates of other drugs increasing in recent years, it’s important to understand when recreational drinking turns into problem drinking and how alcohol use can link to other recreational substances.
Kratom, a stimulant from Southeast Asia, is becoming well known in the United states as a dietary supplement. The leaves from the tree Mitragyna speciosa are used as an opioid-like pain reliever. Critics worry the unregulated powder and tincture forms appearing in the U.S. haven’t been researched or regulated enough. Consumers may be exposed to […]
People do drugs to feel happy, to escape reality, to perform better, or out of pure curiosity. Similarly, most drinkers reported increased levels of stress and boredom as reasons why they consumed more booze recently, which lead to a 60 percent increase in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Drugs can lead to addiction, a […]
Marijuana use comes with real risks that can impact a person’s health and life. While it can be helpful to some people in a controlled environment, it can also be severely damaging if used incorrectly. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance in the U.S. and its use is growing. Marijuana use among all […]
Methamphetamine (meth) is a synthetic stimulant that is addictive and can cause considerable health adversities that can sometimes result in death. Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally and is often used with other substances. Someone using meth may experience a temporary sense of heightened euphoria, alertness, and energy. This is because meth […]
Substance use disorders (SUDs) are characterized by recurrent use of alcohol or drugs (or both) that results in problems such as being unable to control use of the substance; failing to meet obligations at work, home, or school; having poor health; and spending an increased amount of time getting, using, or recovering from the effects […]
What Are E-Cigarettes? E-Cigarettes are known by a few names, from E-cigs, vapes, pens, hookah, and more variations. E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid. E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine—the addictive drug in regular […]
What is Kratom? “Kratom” refers to both Mitragyna speciosa, a tree native to Southeast Asia, and to products derived from its leaves that are marketed as herbal supplements. Kratom leaves contain many chemical compounds (known as bioactive alkaloids) that can affect the body. The most well-studied compounds related to kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Much is […]
What is Heroin? Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. How do People […]