Tramadol Addiction – What’s It Doing to Your Body?

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Drug abuse test: do you have a substance use disorder? Well, if you’re not sure, answer the following 2 questions honestly and find out – 92.3% of people that can answer no to both questions do not have a problem.

Understanding Addiction - The Roles of Impulsivity and Compulsivity © Stefan Kohli

Learn how the brain changes of addiction exacerbate problems with impulsive and compulsive acts – how impulsivity drives early addiction and compulsivity and impulsivity perpetuate later stages and most importantly, what you can do to retake control.

Vicodin Addiction – Pain Management during Opiate Tapering © Marniejoyce

Tips for controlling chronic pain while tapering off Vicodin, such as: an example tapering schedule, experts that can help, alternate forms of analgesia, helpful lifestyle changes and more.

Ambien Addiction: Understanding What’s Happening in Your Brain © Demandaj

Learn what increases your risk of Ambien addiction, the particular dangers of use and how to overcome both Ambien dependence and addiction.

Ativan (Lorazepam) Addiction Self-Test (Works for any Benzodiazepine) © Dean812

Wondering about your use of Ativan (lorazepam) or any other benzodiazepine? Well then, take this 2 minute benzodiazepine addiction self test and find out if you have an addiction, and if so, how serious it is.

MDMA / Ecstasy Addiction – The Basic Facts © Dima Bushkov

Is MDMA addictive? Does it actually do you long term harm? How do you know if you have a problem? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more.

Alcohol Addiction (Alcoholism) – Learn the Facts © Josep Salvia I Bote

The difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction (alcoholism), what puts you at risk of becoming an alcoholic and what to do once you’ve crossed that invisible line to addiction.

Meth Addiction - How to Stop Using Successfully © Torpore

Find out how the physical, psychological and cognitive consequences of long-term meth use make quitting so challenging, and how addiction treatment can help you to compensate and stay clean for long enough to give your body and mind a chance to heal.

70 Reasons Why Life is Better without a Heavy Marijuana Habit © Bingbing

Thinking about giving up marijuana but not sure you’re ready to take the plunge? Well, here are 70 benefits of quitting – all first-hand accounts from previously heavy users about how life changes for the better once you don’t need to get high all the time.

APA Recognizes and Describes Marijuana Withdrawal Syndrome © Sam Stoner

Although for years people believed that marijuana wasn’t addictive, we now know that a small percentage of people will become marijuana dependent. For years researchers also believed that quitting marijuana resulted in no syndrome of withdrawal symptoms – but a growing body of research evidence now shows that marijuana withdrawal symptoms are very real and that they can be very serious. In light of this evidence, the American Psychiatric Association has proposed including cannabis dependence in the upcoming edition of the DSM-V. Here are the proposed DSM-V diagnostic criteria for marijuana withdrawal.

Marijuana – Daily Smokers Talk About the Harms of Frequent Use © Anael Raziel

According to self-report data taken from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the more often you smoke marijuana, the more likely you are to self-report problems stemming from that use.

Use Cocaine? Watch Your Heart Health! © Bored-Now

People who use cocaine have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and other forms of heart disease. Cocaine causes high blood pressure, can cause cardiac infections, causes the heart to work harder as it shrinks blood vessels, can lead to an enlarged and weakened heart and to a host of other cardiovascular conditions. The chronic use of cocaine can lead to serious damage, but most scarily, cocaine can lead to heart failure even after a first experimentation.

Marijuana Addiction © Livingroomshadows

About 10% of people who experiment with marijuana will develop an addiction to the drug. Marijuana addiction is very real, there is a significant syndrome of withdrawal pains associated with quitting marijuana, and a lot of people just can't do it on their own.

Fentanyl, often sold under the name Duragesic, is a schedule 2 narcotic, and is one the most potent and dangerous of all the abused pain medications.

Codeine and Promethazine Cough Syrup Addiction and Withdrawal © Anthony Goto

Syrup, syzurp, lean - whatever it's termed - it's dangerous, addictive and the detox is tough.

An addiction to GHB can develop in only weeks of heavy use, and once addicted, GHB addicts face a serious and possibly dangerous syndrome of withdrawals.

Ritalin Addiction © FGMG

Used to treat ADHD, when abused, Ritalin is very pleasurable and also very addictive. Thousands of people suffer addictions to Ritalin, and no matter how they got addicted, they deserve treatment to help them get better.

Over-The-Counter Drug Addiction © Curtis Gregory Perry

A drug is a drug, and your body can't tell the difference between what's legal and what's not.

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