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Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

Whether the substance involved is crack cocaine or alcohol or a behavior such as gambling, the common denominator of all addictions is continued use despite the development of negative consequences—whether to self, relationships, finances, school or work performance—and the inability to control use. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which shuns the …

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Drug and Alcohol Relapse Rates Spike 150% during the Holidays

The holidays are a time for people to rejoice and relax. “However, for individuals in recovery from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, it can be a trying time,” said Indra Cidambi, M.D., a pioneer in addiction treatment. Consequently, relapses are more frequent. At Center for Network Therapy (CNT) pre-holiday re-admit rates (of past patients) …

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Anxiety and Substance Use Disorder: Everything You Need to Know

Addiction and anxiety often go hand in hand. So how are the two related? Anxiety and substance use disorder can have serious impacts on a person’s life. Here are the facts about the connections between the two conditions. Anxiety Disorders The National Institute of Mental Health notes that that both hereditary and environmental risk factors …

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Benzodiazepines: It’s Time to Prescribe Caution

CLINICAL REFLECTIONS The opioid epidemic has grown increasingly deadly, yet it is possible that an important component has been overlooked. It has been estimated that concurrent use of benzodiazepine and opioids may occur in as many as 50% of opioid overdose deaths.1 Yet, more and more patients leave their doctors’ offices with prescriptions for benzodiazepine …

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What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Diagnosing Alcohol Withdrawal If your doctor thinks you might be going through alcohol withdrawal, they’ll ask you questions about your drinking history and how recently you stopped. They’ll want to know if you’ve ever gone through withdrawal before. They’ll also discuss your symptoms. During an exam, they’ll look for other medical conditions to see if …

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U.S. overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year, officials say

This photo provided by Nancy Sack shows Carter Lange, Kim Gustavson, Jason Lange, Matthew Gustavson, and Travis Gustavson. Sack’s grandson, Travis Gustavson, died at age 21 in Mankato, Minn., after overdosing on what he thought was heroin but was actually laced with fentanyl. Katie Tettam/Nancy Sack via AP An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug …

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What Are Drug-Withdrawal Symptoms and How Long Do They Last?

Substance-use disorders are complex conditions that often require treatment. Getting help might seem like the obvious first step to take, but managing drug-withdrawal symptoms is no easy feat. That’s because using drugs (including alcohol) long-term can cause your body to become dependent on the substance. And, if you’ve become dependent and then suddenly stop taking …

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