Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are prescription drugs that include common medications such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium). To most recreational users, these drugs are just a way get a high so they can relax or sedate themselves. However, there is much more to know about benzos,...
Addiction is often viewed as a physical dependence on a given drug or behavior, but this definition is somewhat misleading. Addiction is the use of any substance or behavior that is mood altering, regardless of any negative or adverse results. Addiction can involve physical dependence,...
Maintaining sobriety through a painful day can be a challenge, but with the proper preparation and help there is no reason for the following types of anniversaries to derail your recovery: The day a loved one passed away The day a relationship began or ended The day you lost your job The...
Although finding a job after recovering from addiction may seem daunting, many rehab centers offer career counseling to simplify this process. Career counseling teaches recovering addicts how to act during interviews and how to grow more confident in their ability to secure employment. In...
Drugs are classified and differentiated in many different ways. For certain purposes, they may be placed into categories based on their effects. LSD and psilocybin, for example, are considered to be hallucinogens. Hallucinogens may be further broken down into the categories of...
A 2006 edition of the Annual Review of Neuroscience argues that addiction changes brain chemistry in ways that damages decision-making, judgment and honesty about substance abuse. Addicts often hide their drug use, understate how often they use and they lie to friends and family members...
Art, music, writing and other creative pursuits take a lot of work and also a lot of inspiration. Sometimes enormous efforts yield disappointing results, while at other times great ideas flow effortlessly. This paradox has led creative people to speculate, with varying degrees of...
The United States regulates the use, distribution, and production of many brands of drugs. These laws make some drugs legal, and some illegal. The government also regulates the use of legal drugs, making abuse or black-market sale of them illegal, even though they are legal in other...
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), addiction to more than one medication is a common occurrence. SAMHSA reports that over half of all admissions to substance abuse treatment stated that they were addicted to multiple substances (also...
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the authoritative guide for mental health professionals, and its fifth edition (DSM-5) in 2013 debuted a significant change. The new manual renamed “pathological gambling” as “gambling...
Tragically, substance abuse is common in the culture of transportation work. Several aspects of life for transportation workers increase their risk for substance abuse, particularly alcoholism. Alcohol addiction is of particular concern for law enforcement, transportation companies and...
Drug addiction is not a criminal act; drug addiction is a clinical mental health illness. Many people are so afraid of the legal repercussions, fines, jail time, and other consequences of prosecution from drug abuse and addiction, that they try to keep their addiction hidden instead of...