Opioids vs Opiates

The words “opiate” and “opioid” are often used interchangeably. However, there is a technical difference in the composition of the two drug variants. Looking at their differences can help drug users and others better understand the modern opioid crisis. Opiates and Opioids Defined The term “opiate” is generally used to refer to substances derived from...

10 Signs you need help

Knowing when you need help with substance use may be hard to identify. This is particularly true if you have used for a long time and feel like you have a handle on the situation. A lot of people have the same problem you do. In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans needed help with...

What is Buprenorphine: Uses, Effects

If you suffer from addiction, you’ve probably heard of buprenorphine. This drug is sold under a number of different brand names, and its primary purpose is to help people overcome opioid addiction. While many scientific sources view buprenorphine as a promising treatment for opioid addiction, this drug comes with inherent risks, and you should be...

Ways Alcohol Affects Sleep

  You might drink to help yourself fall asleep, but that nightly wine or beer could be doing more harm than good. We may not intend to rob ourselves of well-deserved rest when we drink, but there’s┬áplenty of scientific evidence that proves drinking wrecks our sleeping patterns and prevents us from feeling as restored and...

Causes of Addiction: Nature vs Nurture

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The question of nature vs. nurture pops up in many areas of psychology and medical sciences, but few issues spark as much of a contentious debate as the question of a potential cause of addiction. Substance abuse behaviors have a tendency to run in families, but that only compounds the question of whether the issue...

Addiction – The Basics

Many people have never experienced addiction of any sort. For these people it can be very hard to understand and grasp the logic behind drug abuse. With drug use getting more and more prevalent in America, it's now common for people to dig deeper and look for the reasons why people use drugs and alcohol.

What Is Detox?

For many individuals, making the decision to go into detox for their substance use can be difficult. As they put their life on hold to deal with their problem, they may have some concerns. Here are some common questions about drug and alcohol detoxification.