The Consequences of Addiction

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the circuitry of the brain and has social, psychological, biological, and spiritual consequences. But many addicted people are seemingly apathetic towards these consequences. This is largely due to the impaired executive functioning of the brain caused by addiction, which skews […]

Quitting Nicotine and Cigarettes

The World Health Organization defines withdrawal syndrome as a collection of symptoms of various types and with varying degrees of severity that occur when someone stops using a psychoactive substance that they’ve taken for a long period of time or in high doses. The WHO indicates that withdrawal syndrome for any given substance is the […]

Young man upset about his cross tolerance

Drug sensitization, or reverse tolerance, is the opposite of developing a tolerance to drugs or alcohol. Tolerance occurs when regular drinking or drug use causes changes in the brain’s function and structures, and it adapts to the regular presence of drugs in the body. As a result, it takes increasingly higher doses of a psychoactive […]

Man looking out to sea and thinking about if alcoholism is a disease

“Why do people consider alcoholism a disease?” “Is it really a disease?” These are two commonly asked questions about alcoholism that can be answered by the Disease Theory of Alcoholism. The Disease Theory of Alcoholism became widely accepted in the medical community around the end of World War II, just two years after the repeal […]

A smoking meth pipe - signs of meth use

Methamphetamine, widely known on the street as meth, chalk, ice, and crystal, is a highly addictive stimulant drug. It’s sold as a white, crystalline powder that’s bitter-tasting and odorless. Methamphetamine abuse is a widespread problem in the U.S., and although it’s not the most popular illicit drug of abuse, it’s certainly one of the most […]