What Are the Effects of Meth on the Brain?

Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant drug known for its ability to trigger serious addiction. People who use meth undergo a series of short- and long-term changes in their normal brain activity. These changes can alter the behavior of meth users, as well as certain aspects of their basic body function. Fortunately, ongoing abstinence from the…

What Is Psychological Addiction?

Psychological dependence, physical dependence and addiction are three separate but potentially overlapping problems that can affect a person who consumes street drugs, mind-altering medications and/or alcohol. Each of these problems has a distinct impact on your health and well-being. Let’s take a look at how they affect you when they appear separately or together. Psychological…

How to Help a Pathological Liar Recover

Like many other behavioral health concerns, the success of pathological liar treatment methods relies heavily on the liar’s desire to change. However, the support of friends and loved ones during treatment can also play a crucial role in recovery from pathological lying. What Is Pathological Lying? A pathological liar is someone who doesn’t tell the…

What Is a Counter-Dependent?

By Heather Rolland Most people want intimacy in their lives. Giving up some independence in order to enjoy closeness with others is, for most of us, a normal and joyous part of adulthood. For people with counter-dependent issues, however, intimacy is much more difficult. Others are kept at arm’s length, and intimacy is fraught with…

What Is Alcoholic Neuropathy?

By Nathan Falde Extended periods of heavy drinking can cause alcohol to accumulate in the tissues of the body, unleashing a tidal wave of harmful effects. These include a permanent loss of functioning in the peripheral nervous system, which controls movement, sensation and motor coordination. In medical terms this is known as alcoholic neuropathy, a…

What Is a Wet Drug?

By Gideon Hoyle You may have heard recently about the phenomenon of “wet” drugs. Public health officials use this term to describe tobacco or marijuana cigarettes dipped in one or both of two substances: the hallucinogenic anesthetic PCP (phencyclidine or “angel dust”) and formaldehyde-based embalming fluid. Consumption of these drugs can have a serious, severe…