Should I Use Zoloft and Weed Together?

Clinical depression can be a severe psychological problem that compromises a person’s mental health and quality of life. Most doctors will prescribe antidepressant medication, such as Zoloft (sertraline), for the treatment of depression or anxiety. In light of many states legalizing marijuana, some doctors will also prescribe this drug for similar purposes. When either of […]

What Is Naloxone Used For?

Narcan (naloxone) is a nasal spray that serves an opioid antagonist and an anti-overdose solution. In the event of an overdose on opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, prompt administration of naloxone cancels the effects of the overdose by replacing opioids active on the receptors in the brain and prevents more opioids from binding. Naloxone […]

What Is Opiate Detox and Withdrawal?

Opiates, also sometimes referred to as opioids, painkillers, or narcotics, consist of a variety of substances. They include both prescription drugs such as morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, as well as illicit street drugs like heroin. People who use these drugs repeatedly are at risk for developing dependence and addiction. For purposes of this article, the […]

Relationship Addiction and Substance Abuse

A person who has a relationship addiction cannot function normally without being in a relationship and often feels incomplete. Moreover, the “addict” may stop taking care of themselves while in a relationship, and neglect any goals or purpose they might have had for their lives. Like any addiction, relationship addiction can lead to many adverse […]

Why Is Heroin Addictive?

Addictive substances alter the brain’s motivation, pleasure, and reward centers in both structure and function. The human brain is designed to recall experiences that induce pleasurable feelings and to motivate us to re-engage in behaviors that are associated with them. Heroin is widely considered by experts to be the most addictive drug in the world. […]

Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

Opiate and opioid drugs, including prescription narcotics and illegal substances like heroin, can produce withdrawal symptoms with a few hours after the last dose, and symptoms can last for up to a week or longer. Withdrawal is not typically life-threatening, but without medical intervention, it is likely to result in a relapse.  Opioid withdrawal symptoms […]

The Dangers of Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl addiction can occur when a person repeatedly abuses fentanyl, and this can happen after being prescribed by a physician or after having obtained it illicitly on the street. Fentanyl abuse and addiction can lead to severe emotional, physical, and social consequences, and can rapidly result in an overdose. What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a […]

Selective Eating Disorder and Addiction

Selective eating disorder, which is also known as avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), affects thousands of people in the U.S. People with this disorder are extremely picky in their food choices, as they fear certain types of food. ARFID often occurs in children, but adults can also be affected. Adults with ARFID tend to have […]

Wet Brain Syndrome

Wet brain syndrome is characterized by a specific kind of damage to the brain that develops as a result of prolonged, excessive alcohol consumption. Technically known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, wet brain is caused by a deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine). Vitamin B1 is essential for the body, but unfortunately, it doesn’t occur naturally. Instead, it […]

The Practice of Radical Acceptance

One of the many options a person has to deal with a problem is to practice something known as “radical acceptance.” Radical acceptance, an important aspect of behavioral therapy, requires a person to accept the terms of life and not resist the things that one cannot (or one will not) change. Regarding addiction, this includes […]