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Physical Dependence

Substance abuse disorders are common in the United States, impacting 19.3 million Americans annually. The stages of addiction can progress rapidly from your first use to physical dependence. Since addiction is a chronic mental health disease, symptoms gradually worsen over time. Occasional and recreational use can transition into abuse and physical dependence, sometimes in as…

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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.…

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Can I Get Addicted to Marijuana?

As more voters decide to make recreational marijuana legal, its safety naturally comes into question. At the top of the list is the question of addiction. Marijuana has long been considered non-addictive, especially when compared to drugs like heroin or cocaine, but is that really true? You may be surprised to hear that you can…

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Why Recreational Drug Use is Never Safe

It is always important to keep an informed perspective on drugs of abuse. The most important is that these are mind-altering substances. Whether the drug is heroin, a prescription narcotic, cocaine, marijuana or ecstasy, it goes into your brain, activates certain receptors and gets you high. It changes your brain and makes you feel, think…