The Danger of Mixing Benzodiazepines with Alcohol

The Danger of Mixing Benzodiazepines with Alcohol

Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are medications that act as sedatives to treat depression and anxiety. These medications, such as Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax, are prescribed by a medical profession and produce a calming effect to the central nervous system.

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Is There a Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?

Is There a Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?

There is a difference between addiction and dependence to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a behavior that continues despite any harmful consequences. Drug or alcohol misuse can lead to serious physical and mental health problems. It can cause heart attack,

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Reasons Why Your Loved One Hesitates to Seek Treatment

Reasons Why Your Loved One Hesitates to Seek Treatment

Addiction puts a person at risk for serious physical and mental health complications and can lead to brain damage, liver failure, nerve damage, heart attack, overdose, and death. Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or paranoia can co-occur with

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Eating Disorders and Addiction

Eating Disorders and Addiction

Food is a basic need for survival and we need the nutrients in our food so we can stay healthy. When a person suffers from an eating disorder, food consumes his or her life. Sometimes people turn to food for

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The Harmful Effects of Using Cocaine

The Harmful Effects of Using Cocaine

Cocaine is a drug that increases the level of dopamine in the brain. Cocaine can be smoked, injected, or inhaled and affects the brain immediately. The brain rapidly releases dopamine, and produces a “high.” Cocaine is very addictive and a

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Why Childhood Trauma can Lead to Drugs and Alcohol

Why Childhood Trauma can Lead to Drugs and Alcohol

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Trauma

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Drugs and alcohol affect the heart and brain. They elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack, collapsed veins, and heart failure.

How Drugs and Alcohol Affect the Heart

Addiction can lead to serious physical and mental health problems. Some drugs can cause seizures, liver failure, overdose, and early death. Drugs and alcohol affect the heart and brain. They elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack,

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Addicted to Benzos and Opioids

Addicted to Benzos and Opioids

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a class of medication typically prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle tension. Benzos such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium and other anti-anxiety medication are designed for short-term use, usually a few weeks or months, since

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How Meth Use Affects Your Brain and Body

How Meth Use Affects Your Brain and Body

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is an addictive stimulant drug that comes in the form of a powder and can be made into a pill or a shiny rock called crystal meth. The powder can be eaten or snorted or

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Substance Abuse and Addiction Fostered by Complicated Grief

Substance Abuse and Addiction Fostered by Complicated Grief

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Losing

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