Can One Gene Cause Alcoholism?

Since the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous in the early 20th century, each decade has seen a growing body of research and understanding of addiction. Sobriety, once thought to be a matter of morals or willpower, has been recognized as addressing and treating a blend of genetics, environment, biology, and more. In fact, people who have…

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The Krokodil Epidemic

Reports that a life-threatening, flesh-eating drug is growing increasingly popular are alarming addiction professionals and medical personnel worldwide. What is “krokodil” and what are the effects of abusing it? Modifying the Delivery Modern pain relief practice often relies upon the fentanyl patch, which delivers an analgesic effect over a prolonged period of time. Drug abusers…

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Nigella Lawson, Addicted to Drugs?

If you love food, then you probably know of English journalist and entertainer Nigella Lawson. Lawson is best known for her work as a restaurant critic, food writer, and reality television judge — but, if you believe her former husband, art collector Charles Saatchi, she is also a former addict who spent 10 years secretly…

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Trinny Woodall’s Addiction Disease

Trinny Woodall, star of the British version of What Not To Wear, recently admitted her past obsession with drugs and alcohol made her a “sick person.” Once she made the distinction between being a “bad person” — her words — who suffered from addiction and a “sick person” who needed help recovering from a disease,…

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Opiate Addiction: Is It a Mental Illness?

Opiates are addictive narcotic painkillers that come in legally prescribed and illicit forms. They are also dangerous, and opiate addicts currently suffer from the highest rates of relapse and overdose, according to National Institutes of Health. In the past, addiction professionals regarded substance abuse as a weakness of character rather than a mental health disorder;…

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Internet Fuels Global Designer Drug Use

The Internet is steadily increasing the rates at which we consume news, goods, information, and now, illicit drugs. “Detailed instructions for how to make designer drugs” are not only available online, but they are also available for purchase, forcing an already-bad problem into epidemic proportions. From spice to bath salts to meow meow, substance abusers…

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