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What Are the Most Abused Prescription Drugs?

If you want to know the drug of choice for those abusing prescription medications, why not just ask them? That was the thinking behind a national survey which learned that oxycodone ranked number one thanks to the quality high it offers. A study by researchers from the Washington University Medical School and Nova Southeastern University …

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Think You Can Start Drinking Again? What Happens When You Try to Go Back

This is a scenario most recovering alcoholics can envision: you’ve been in recovery perhaps a few months or a few years and you have had the pleasure of seeing your life start to clean up. Your relationships are improving, you experience less stress and angst, and you can be in the presence of alcohol without …

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Peeling Away the Layers of Addiction: The Process of Recovery

Getting sober is a multi-step process. For many alcoholics and addicts, it takes years to shift from being abstinent to enjoying a healthy sober lifestyle. Along the way there are many hurdles to overcome, some large and some small. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common issues that come up. Other …

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What Is Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder)?

Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) is a mental health condition that centers on a compulsive desire to pull out the hair that grows in various body areas. Prior to May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) classified this condition along with a larger group of disorders known as impulse-control disorders. However, with the publication of a latest …

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Oxycodone Abuse, Signs, Symptoms

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate drug that is prescribed primarily for treating pain. It is most commonly prescribed in the form of OxyContin, a name-brand drug that releases oxycodone in time-release tablet form. Other drugs that contain a relatively small amount of oxycodone include Percocet, Percodan and Tylox. Like all opiate drugs, oxycodone is created …

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Methadone vs. Buprenorphine for Opioid Detox

Methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone are two of the primary medication options for treatment of people affected by opioid addiction. Both medications belong to a treatment approach called opioid substitution therapy. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from six U.S. institutions compared the effectiveness of methadone to the effectiveness of buprenorphine/naloxone. …

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Personality Disorders Thwart Opioid Addiction Treatment

Personality disorders are entrenched patterns of thought and behavior that damage affected individuals’ ability to do such things as maintain friendships or relationships, maintain a productive daily routine or take advantage of social opportunities. The American Psychiatric Association gives doctors the freedom to diagnose 10 main forms of these disorders. In a study published in …

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