One of the main reason that people who are addicted to alcohol or any other drug use is that they are attempting to numb feelings of some kind. The degree to which a person is drinking to numb their feelings may vary, but must instances of alcoholism are due at least in part to a desire not to feel emotions that may be uncomfortable, such as anger, sadness, loneliness, or inadequacy, just to name a few.
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Opioid dependence is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States today. Opioids, which are derived from the same chemicals as heroin, are highly addictive and can also be very deadly. It is very easy to overdose from opioids or to suffer from a lethal reaction to taking opioids with other types of drugs. Here are five facts about opioids and opioid addiction.
Everyone is familiar with the typical blackouts and temporary memory loss associated with a night of heavy drinking, but many people don't realize how much alcohol abuse can permanently affect your brain and your memory. Alcohol can actually affect a person's ability to create new long term memories and the more severe a person's drinking habits are the more likely they are to develop cognitive disorders.
Traditionally, the testing and development of a new drug can take many years and billions of dollars. This testing is necessary to avoid introducing drugs that could cause a great deal of harm, but often takes so long that it decreases the availability of life-saving treatment plans.
While most addiction specialists point to anxiety and depression as significant contributing factors to drinking in adolescents, new research indicates that aggression can play more of an important role. Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland found results in their study that create a strong correlation between aggressive behavior in teenagers and increased alcohol consumption.