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How Is Addiction Viewed in American Culture?

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How Is Addiction Viewed in American Culture?

Addiction is a sensitive and often misunderstood disorder in our culture. As is true with many complicated issues, the intricacies of addiction and the risks associated with substance abuse are often over-simplified, avoided or obsessed over. Between pop culture characterizations and anecdotal reports in social media, it can be very difficult to push through the fiction and into the facts about chemical dependence in particular and mental health issues in general. Addiction Is No Big Deal “Kids will be kids,” they say. “If you can remember the 60s, you weren’t there.” Dismissive...

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How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

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How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

Drug abuse and addiction are serious problems that can devastate your health and wellbeing. Drug abuse is often serious enough to cause life-threatening circumstances: according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 38,329 people died from a fatal drug overdose in the US in 2010, which amounts to an average of about 105 people everyday. This staggering statistic demands people to understand the warning signs of drug abuse and addiction to prevent irreversible harm. Drug abuse can cause any of the following physical, behavioral and psychological warning signs: Dilated pupils or...

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Can Alcohol Damage My Memories?

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Can Alcohol Damage My Memories?

Whether or not alcohol permanently damages the brain or body is an important concern, as alcohol is one of the most highly abused substances in the world. With over half of Americans drinking on a regular basis, the effects of alcohol become not only interesting information, but also a prediction for the damage we could cause ourselves. And, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death in the US. The most common effects of alcohol abuse are lack of coordination and impaired judgment, but it can also interfere with...

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Alcoholism’s Common Co-occurring Disorders

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Alcoholism’s Common Co-occurring Disorders

Alcoholism is a serious addiction that alters the way the brain functions, so it should come as no surprise that it is a risk factor for a number of other disorders. If alcohol abuse has damaged your life, learn how it affects the brain and mental health disorders, how it leads to other illnesses and how you can address such co-occurring conditions. How Alcoholism Affects the Body and Mind If alcohol causes serious problems in your life, yet you keep drinking, you are probably suffering from alcoholism. Someone abuses alcohol if she binge drinks until she is sick or if she drinks too often....

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Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

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Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

Many people wonder why alcohol initiates or aggravates anger. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, so it slows down brain activity as it produces calming, sedating effects. In other words, when people drink alcohol they feel relaxed, euphoric and content. However, many people have witnessed or experienced a different side to alcohol consumption: while alcohol certainly lowers inhibitions, it also leads to obsessive, aggressive, hostile and even violent behavior. When excessive amounts of alcohol are consumed, one’s inhibitions are dramatically suppressed. Inhibitions regulate...

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A Weak Immune System, Addiction, and Illness

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A Weak Immune System, Addiction, and Illness

A person’s immune system is intricately linked to drug abuse and addiction and can be negatively affected by substances in numerous ways. Many people suffer from weak immune systems, chronic illnesses, and more serious immunodeficiency disorders. Immunodeficiency disorder can leave people constantly susceptible to various illnesses and viruses. People with these types of disorders have to regularly take antibiotics and other substance like ibuprofen in order to reduce pain and fever. In some cases ibuprofen can be overused by people with an immunodeficiency disorder leading to the...

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