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Behavioral Addictions

Among all pleasure-inducing behaviors that may cause an addictive pattern, Gambling is the only one formally recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), as a behavioral addiction. This could be because less-common behaviors aren’t as thoroughly researched. However, certain behaviors can release the same chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, that some substances […]

Stimulant Use

Stimulant drugs increase one’s energy and attention. Stimulant drugs come in three common forms, which are known as: amphetamines (speed), methamphetamines (meth), and cocaine. Amphetamines and methamphetamines are prescription medications used to treat health problems – specifically, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nonetheless, they are also sold illegally on the streets under different names. Cocaine, […]

Opioid Use

The term ‘opioid’ is used to describe substances that affect the central nervous system in the brain by binding to a group of receptors that exist there. The human brain naturally produces opioids called ‘endorphins’, which act as a natural pain-reliever . Some associate the release of endorphins in the brain with what is known […]

Cannabis use

Cannabis use is increasingly common. A study in the United States in 2015 revealed that 22 million Americans reported being current users of cannabis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 9% of marijuana users end up becoming dependent on the drug. There are many different ways in which someone can use cannabis to […]

Alcohol Use

In many cultures worldwide alcohol is widely accepted as an ordinary practice. Many people enjoy alcoholic beverages daily, whether they are at home, out with friends, or during a work function. Some do not experience any negative consequences or become addicted to the substance. However, others do. According to research done in the United States, […]

Nicotine Use

Nicotine, as we commonly know it, comes in the form of cigarettes. Along with alcohol, nicotine is the most used addictive substance. In a 2015 survey done in the United States, 14% of women and 17% of men smoked. Nicotine affects one’s mental state by making them feel energized, alert, and mentally sharp. Although people […]

Risk Factors for Addiction

To make sense of the reasons as to why some people become addicted to certain objects, it may help to understand the risk factors that could lead to addiction. Seeking the momentary euphoric pleasure that accompanies use is not the only reason people continue to use Rewards gained from the object of addiction are offered […]

Natural Recovery from Addiction

Research has found that in some cases, people are able to quit their object of addiction on their own, without the help of a professional or support group. This process is called ‘natural recovery’. Individuals suffering from a substance use disorder or behavioral addiction attempt to quit several times before actually quitting. That is because […]

Gender and Age Differences and Addiction

With substance and behavioral addictions, the gender and age of the person influences the way in which they interact with their object of addiction, specifically in terms of their choice of substance or behavior, how it affects them, and their path to treatment. Generally, there is a difference in how likely men and women at […]