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Is there an “On Switch” for Addiction?

Is there such a thing as an “addiction switch?” Recent scientific studies have identified DeltaFosB (ΔFosB) as a driving factor for addiction in the brain. This “molecular mechanism” is created in the brain by prolonged exposure to addictive drugs or compulsive behaviors. Over time, ΔFosB can cause addictions to become [...]

2019-08-17T21:52:56+00:00 August 17th, 2019|Addiction, Controlled Substances, Drug Addiction|

5 Reasons Why People Continue to Use Drugs

Why do people continue to abuse drugs and alcohol despite the negative consequences? Why would a person continue to use something that can inherently harm them? One explanation is that addiction is a consequence of falling victim to decision failures. An addicted person simply overvalues pleasure and undervalues consequences. While [...]

2019-07-22T01:01:08+00:00 July 22nd, 2019|Addiction, Alcohol Addiction, Drug Addiction, Recovery|

Self-Medication

The term “self-medication” has trivial and negative connotations. Many would use it as a joke about using alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism. However, “self-medication” has become a household term that detracts from the real emotional suffering that accompanies addiction. Although the theory behind self-medication (Self Medication Hypothesis) has [...]

2019-07-14T23:50:45+00:00 July 14th, 2019|Controlled Substances, Drug Addiction, Recovery, Rehabilitation|

ADHD and Addiction 

Undiagnosed ADHD Causes Higher Risk A recent study found that more than 15 percent of adults with ADHD struggle with drug and alcohol abuse and/or addiction. Trouble usually starts around adolescence. Before age 15, those with ADHD are no more likely to experiment with drugs or alcohol. After age 15 [...]

Addiction and Delusional Disorder

Prolonged substance abuse can greatly increase the risk of delusional thinking. Drug or alcohol abuse can cause breaks from reality that can worsen over time. These delusions can cause dangerous behaviors and can lead to manipulation of others to obtain drugs. Studies have found that there is a link between [...]

Are We Overlooking Solutions to the Opioid Crisis?

Recently, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) published a report on the underestimated cost of the opioid crisis in America. Curbing illicit drug trafficking, reducing over-prescription by doctors, and cracking down on drug distributors are all major focus points of the report. While these are all good intentions, there [...]

2019-06-27T20:48:07+00:00 June 27th, 2019|Drug Addiction, News, Recovery, Rehabilitation|

Methadone vs. Suboxone

Opiate addiction has claimed the lives of millions of people for centuries. For a long time, there were no medical treatments for addiction to drugs like morphine or heroin. Science, however, has caught up to the problem and has given us medical solutions to addiction. The two most widely used [...]

2019-04-20T00:36:16+00:00 April 20th, 2019|Blog, Controlled Substances, Drug Addiction|

Signs of Opioid Addiction

More than 2 million Americans abuse opioid pain medication and nearly 90 people die daily from an opioid overdose. Misuse of pain medication in the U.S. is second only to marijuana use. Opioids make your brain and body think you need them for survival. They are very powerful in their [...]

2019-04-14T20:52:49+00:00 April 14th, 2019|Addiction, Drug Addiction, Recovery|

Suboxone Addiction

The drug Suboxone is designed to help opioid addicts stop using drugs by tapering them off gradually. Opioid drugs like heroin, morphine, and pain relievers like hydrocodone and oxycodone are incredibly addictive and cannot be stopped cold turkey. Suboxone works to stop opioid addiction, but not become addictive itself.  The [...]

2019-04-11T10:10:53+00:00 April 10th, 2019|Addiction, Controlled Substances, Detox, Drug Addiction, Drug Information|