Is Suboxone Addictive

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a combination of medication and behavioral therapy is the most effective way to treat an addiction, and this is particularly true with opioid addictions. The cravings and other withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate addiction can be excruciating, and the cravings in particular can linger long after the […]

Is Technology Addiction a Scientific Condition

It’s probably safe to say that we all know at a visceral level that too much time spent on our electronic devices isn’t particularly good for our brains or our health. We have trouble sleeping, we get headaches, our collective attention span grows shorter and the lines between real life and “Fallout” become alarmingly blurred. […]

Is Addiction Genetic

Is addiction genetic? Whether you develop an addiction as the result of abusing drugs or alcohol is determined partly by genetics and partly by environmental factors. Having a family history of addiction doesn’t automatically mean that you will develop one, just as having no family history isn’t enough to guarantee you won’t. The roles of […]

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 […]

Drug Sensitization and Reverse 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 […]