Effects on Brain, Risk Factors, Signs

Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and behavior. When you’re addicted to drugs, you can’t resist the urge to use them, no matter how much harm the drugs may cause.Drug addiction isn’t about just heroin, cocaine, or other illegal drugs. You can get addicted to alcohol, nicotine, opioid painkillers, and other legal substances.At first, you may choose to take a drug because you like the way it makes you feel. You may Read More

Addicted to Pain Pills: Understanding Narcotic Abuse

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Symptoms, Treatment and Alcohol Detox Duration

SOURCES: Royal College of Physicians: “Alcohol Use Disorders: Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Alcohol-Related Physical Complications. NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 100.” American Academy of Family Physicians: “Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome.” Alcohol Health & Research World: “Complications of Alcohol Withdrawal,” “Introduction to Alcohol Withdrawal,” “Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal.” State Government of Victoria: “Withdrawal.” Cleveland Clinic: “Care of the Patient Undergoing Alcohol Withdrawal.” UpToDate: “Patient education: Alcohol use — when is drinking a problem? (Beyond the Basics).” Read More

Short and Long-Term Side-Effects & Treatment of Addiction

SOURCES: National Institute on Drug Abuse: “A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction,” “Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction,” “What Are Stimulants?” “What are the long-term effects of cocaine use?” “What is Cocaine?” Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “Effects of Cocaine.” Center for Substance Abuse Research: “Cocaine (Powder).” SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocols: “Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.” Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Use.” UpToDate: “Cocaine use disorder in adults: “Epidemiology, pharmacology, clinical manifestations, medical consequences, and Read More

Physical & Mental Effects, Signs of Abuse

SOURCES: National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction,” “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine,” “Methamphetamine,” “Easy-to-Read Drug Facts.” Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “Crystal Meth.” Drug Enforcement Administration: “Drug Fact Sheet: Methamphetamine.” Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “The Truth About Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine.” News release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Meth Project: “How to Spot a User,” “Find Help.” NIDA for Teens: “Drug Facts: Methamphetamine (Meth).”