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 […]

Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?

Most major U.S. public health institutions now recognize addiction as a disease, , such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Medical Association. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that drug addiction is “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes […]

Is It Safe to Combine Xanax and Adderall?

Xanax and Adderall are very different drugs with competing effects. They both have the potential for abuse and addiction. In some cases, physicians may prescribe them both for an individual, and if used as directed, there are no specific warnings against doing so. However, the abuse of either drug is not considered safe and should […]

Xarelto and Alcohol

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a prescription blood thinner commonly used to prevent blood clots and heart dysrhythmia. Without treatment, these conditions can lead to strokes, and for these reasons, the use of Xarelto in many may be vital in saving a person from debilitating or life-threatening complications. According to Consumer Reports, alcohol consumption is dangerous for […]

Are Suboxone and Xanax Safe to Combine?

Virtually every medication, including Suboxone and Xanax, comes with the potential for side effects that can be compounded when multiple medications are combined. It’s not uncommon for those who have an opioid addiction to also struggle with anxiety, insomnia, or other problems that may warrant a benzodiazepine prescription. And, unfortunately, some people who are using […]