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Addiction
two hands enabling support addiction treatment
Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a dangerous chronic disease that changes the way a person behaves, feels, and thinks. It is painful to watch a loved one struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction. You instinctively want to help, to fix things. But nothing you have done has helped. You feel powerless. Unfortunately, helping...
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smoke marijuana weed man smoking
Under the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance. Schedule I substances have a high potential for abuse and currently do not have any accepted medical use. Despite this fact, as of August 2022, marijuana has been legalized for medical use in 38 states and for recreational purposes in 19...
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question mark and lightbulb - addiction risk factors
Anyone can develop a drug or alcohol addiction regardless of their beliefs, social status, background, or ethnicity. It can be hard to understand why one person is more susceptible to addiction than another. Research shows biological and personal factors make some people more prone to developing a substance use disorder. Addiction Risk Factors & Prevention...
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pretty woman holding a clipboard with a family in the background sitting in a circle - intervention for addiction
Watching a loved one struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol is a heartbreaking, painful experience. You want to help, but you do not know what to do. You feel helpless as you watch them destroying their lives. You have tried talking to them, but they refuse to listen. When your loved one denies...
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attractive man sitting at his desk with his hand covering his face - Ativan addiction
A prescription medication, Ativan is generally prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia. It is the brand name of the generic drug lorazepam, a benzodiazepine. Ativan is highly regulated by the United States government and is classified by the US Department of Justice as a Schedule IV drug. Ativan Addiction Ativan is a strong medication that...
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young woman in the background - drugs and a syringe on a dirty footlocker in the foreground - iv drug use
What Is IV Drug Use? Intravenous (IV) drug use involves using a syringe and needle to inject a substance directly into the bloodstream. The drug is generally injected into a vein (intravascular). It can also be injected under the skin (subcutaneous), known as skin-popping. Sometimes the substance is intentionally or accidentally injected into a muscle...
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worried woman with her hands on her man's shoulders - he is holding pills in his hand - Valium addiction
A prescription medication, Valium is the brand name for the generic drug diazepam. It is in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines and is classified by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule IV controlled substance. Drugs in this classification have the potential for abuse and can cause psychological dependence or physical...
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cropped shot of a woman holding a white round tablet pill and glass of water - codeine addiction
A prescription medication, codeine is used to treat mild to moderate pain, dry irritating coughs, and diarrhea. It is the main ingredient in prescription cough suppressants. When combined with acetaminophen or aspirin, codeine is used to treat severe pain. Combined with decongestants or antihistamines, it is used to treat colds and the flu. A Controlled Substance...
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small group of senior citizens interacting outside of a meeting
Addiction to drugs or alcohol can happen to anyone, regardless of age. According to a report in the National Institute of Drug Abuse, almost one million seniors (65+) in the United States struggled with a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2018. In 2020, Psycom Pro reported 1.7 million senior citizens lived with alcohol addiction. It...
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older man doing cocaine and drinking - Polysubstance Abuse
What Is Polysubstance Abuse? Polysubstance abuse occurs when a person is dependent on two or more substances or groups of substances. In some cases, individuals use two or more drugs at the same time or are addicted to or dependent on multiple drugs. Others take a drug to counteract the side effects of one they...
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