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Words Used to Describe Substance-Abuse Patients Can Alter Attitudes, Create Stigma

A new study finds that changing the words used to describe someone struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction may significantly alter the attitudes of health care professionals, even those who specialize in addiction treatment. Science Daily reports that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that health professionals’ answers to survey questions about a hypothetical…

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Benzo Withdrawal Timeline

Even if you take benzodiazepines exactly as prescribed, you can still develop a physical dependence. When you develop a physical addiction to benzodiazepines, the benzo withdrawal timeline can become much more difficult, and a longer process. Benzodiazepines are prescription medications that are commonly utilized to treat anxiety-related symptoms. While benzodiazepines are highly effective in treating…

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Psychological Dependence

Drugs, alcohol, and even behaviors can cause psychological dependence. Psychological dependence requires treatment because of the way your brain’s pleasure and reward center changes during addiction. It is very difficult to recover from psychological dependence without help. If you are struggling with a substance abuse disorder, addiction, or drinking problem, you are far from alone.…