There are two basic types of opioid medications, although both, as you will see, have many similarities as chemically they are close to the same. The first type is natural opioids, which are derived from the opium poppy plant. These include drugs such as heroin, morphine, opium, and codeine. There are also synthetic opioids. These […]
There are many types of addiction, and while we tend to think of substance abuse with a component of physical dependence characterized by withdrawal symptoms, but the fact is that behavioral addiction can occur in a number of activities and processes with no physical dependence.
What makes these behavioral patterns addictions instead of a habit? It […]
Patient adherence is a pressing issue in the management of substance use disorders and other addictions. Overall, nonadherence (to all treatments) causes approximately 125,000 deaths annually in the US alone. Moreover, the forms of nonadherence extend beyond medication and include lapses in keeping appointments, to follow the recommended dietary or other lifestyle changes, and to […]
Fifteen people died at Columbine High School in a school shooting on April 29, 1999: Two shooters, 12 students, and one teacher. In May of 2019, the incident claimed another victim: Austin Eubanks, 37, who was found dead in his home after struggling for years to combat opioid addiction, which began with prescriptions given to […]
Quitting the habit that you are addicted to is just the first step of the recovery process. It’s not easy but that battle has just begun and there are several other steps that will need to be taken for a lasting and full recovery. In essence, the goal of the recovery process is creating a […]
What is addiction? And when do you know that your habit has become an addiction?
It is true that there is nothing pathological about indulging and enjoying something. Engaging in pleasurable activity is not wrong in and of itself, but there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed, beyond which the activity becomes an addiction.
People sometimes […]
Self-awareness sounds like a phrase that would fit right into the 1960s mindset. Is this another offshoot of the old do-your-own-thing generation?
Self-awareness, in fact, as a clinical theory, is often traced to the breakthrough study on the subject done by psychology researchers Thomas Shelley Duval and Robert Wicklund, which was published in 1972. This opened […]
A global study on drugs, alcohol and tobacco use found that consumption of alcohol and use of tobacco were by far the most threatening addiction problems faced around the world in terms of risk to health and chance of death. The one-two punch of alcohol and tobacco cost the world population more than a quarter […]