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Benzodiazepine Addiction, Dependence and Withdrawal

Benzodiazepine Addiction, Dependence and Withdrawal

Addiction to benzodiazepines can be dangerous for users, even those who are prescribed the medication. Read more to examine the risks of using benzodiazepines.

Addiction to benzodiazepines (benzos) can be very dangerous for users. Benzodiazepine medications are typically prescribed for people who suffer from anxiety or other mental illness. The drugs are fast acting and they begin to work as soon as they hit the user’s body. That means that rather than waiting for days or weeks for a medication to build up to therapeutic levels, benzodiazepines are able to provide users with almost immediate relief. This instant effect can increase the risk of benzodiazepine addiction  Prescribers like to use this type of medication because of its instant effect and the fact that it allows patients to begin therapy and other treatments more quickly than medications like antidepressants (which have to build up). Commonly used benzodiazepines include clonazepam (Klonopin), alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan).

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Prescription Opioids and Heroin: The US Opioid Epidemic

Prescription Opioids and Heroin: The US Opioid Epidemic

Opioid and heroin use spread rapidly through the US in recent years. Why? The fine line between misuse of opioids and heroin addiction plays a part. Read this.

Addiction to prescription opioids can lead to heroin use. Many who misuse prescribed opioid pain medication turn to heroin as a substitute (Over-prescription of Opioid Painkillers: A Deadly Problem). 12.5 million people misused prescription medication in 2015 and 15,281 people overdosed on commonly prescribed medication, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Do you still think the United States opioid epidemic includes only street people shooting up heroin? Do you know the real connection between opioids and heroin?

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Does the Addictive Personality Exist?

Does the Addictive Personality Exist?

Is there an addictive personality? The most recent research involving the addictive personality concept indicates no single, addictive personality type exists (Addiction Symptoms: Signs of an Addict). However, certain groups of traits seem to indicate predisposition to addiction.

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Withdrawal Symptoms From Stimulants, Marijuana, Hallucinogens

Withdrawal Symptoms From Stimulants, Marijuana, Hallucinogens

Withdrawal symptoms from stimulants, marijuana and hallucinogens is not considered directly life-threatening by the medical community. However, the withdrawal symptoms can still be dangerous, as can the behavior associated with the withdrawal symptoms of stimulants, marijuana and hallucinogens. 

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The Health Risks of Hookah Smoking

The Health Risks of Hookah Smoking

The health risks of hookah smoking are largely misunderstood - and underestimated. Smoking hookah is not harmless. Here are some hookah smoking health risks.

Despite its health risks, hookah smoking is growing in popularity across the United States and many other countries (Treatment For Nicotine Addiction). Hookah smokers, and the general public, often believe that the practice is virtually harmless, but both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Mayo Clinic state that hookah smoking has several health risks and is not safer than cigarette smoking.

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Difficulty Sleeping Relates to Alcohol Use and Withdrawal

Difficulty Sleeping Relates to Alcohol Use and Withdrawal

Difficulty sleeping relates to alcohol use and withdrawal. Alcohol is actually not a good sleep aid, contrary to popular belief. Sure, it helps you fall asleep more quickly, but can lead to a host of other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and sleep walking; plus, when used frequently, drinking alcohol can lead to alcohol dependence.1

In alcoholics, the effects on sleep of alcohol, or alcohol withdrawal, are much more pronounced. Here are some explanations and advice for what you can do in early sobriety to sleep more soundly. 

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Over-Prescription of Opioid Painkillers: A Deadly Problem

Over-Prescription of Opioid Painkillers: A Deadly Problem

Is the over-prescription of opioid painkillers to blame for America's heroin epidemic? The CDC thinks so. What can we do about it? Find out here.

Over-prescription of opioid painkillers is contributing to America’s increasing abuse of opiate prescription drugs and heroin. A 2013 report by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)1 found that people who abuse or are dependent on prescription opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to abuse or be dependent on heroin. So what can we do about opioid painkiller over-prescription?

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Drunkorexia — Restricted Eating or Anorexia and Alcohol Use

Drunkorexia — Restricted Eating or Anorexia and Alcohol Use

Drunkorexia, or anorexia and alcohol use, is dangerous to your health. Saving calories is not a new idea, but drunkorexia takes it to a dangerous extreme.

Drunkorexia is a non-medical term describing the habit of reducing food intake (or even anorexia) combined with alcohol use. This calorie restriction is used to compensate for calories consumed through alcoholic beverages. It is not a new phenomenon, but it’s not a safe one either. Restricted eating or anorexia plus alcohol use is dangerous.

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Experiencing and Overcoming Loneliness with Addictions

Experiencing and Overcoming Loneliness with Addictions

Loneliness and addiction often coincide, creating the illusion for most addicts that no one shares their pain. In fact, loneliness is actually one of the common threads that unites addicts in recovery. After discussing how sad and lonely I felt while drinking, I bonded with more people in recovery from addictions than any other time. Overcoming loneliness in addiction is possible.

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Are E-cigarettes and Vaping Harmful?

Are E-cigarettes and Vaping Harmful?

With use of e-cigarettes and vaping on the rise, many people are beginning to wonder, just how safe are e-cigarettes and vaping? I recently attended a lecture by three professors at Portland State University that addressed the science of e-cigarettes. The neuroscience presented was complex but at least one point was clear–vaping and other forms of electronic nicotine delivery are not harmless. 

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