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Substance Abuse vs. Addiction: What’s the Difference?

“Substance abuse” and “addiction” are closely-related terms, but there are key distinctions between them. Learn how to recognize the differences between the two. In everyday conversation, the distinction between substance abuse and drug addiction can sometimes be ambiguous. However, while both substance abuse and addiction can have detrimental effects on your life, not everyone who …

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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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Drugs

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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September is National Recovery Month

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is sponsoring the 23rd National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). This long-standing, national observance promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of …

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Pandemic

The Pandemic Is Spiking Anxiety. Before You Take Anti-Anxiety Medication, Understand The Risks

Whitney, whose name we changed to protect her privacy, sometimes has panic attacks. Her hands shake and her chest tightens. By the end of one, she’s drenched in sweat. To alleviate her worry about having another attack, she carries a prescription bottle of clonazepam, a benzodiazepine, with her everywhere she goes. The medication works fast, …

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