Why Young People are More Prone to Addiction

People become addicted for a wide range of reasons. A person might be genetically predisposed to addiction, which means that the prefrontal cortex functions differently in their bloodline compared to others. Some people are more at risk of becoming addicted due to their environment (past or present); others are also at risk due to mental illness. One of the most common factors is that the person began drinking or using illegal drugs at a young age.
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Breaking the Cycle of Heroin Addiction

If you were to ask any person of any age what they thought the most dangerous drug was, there’s a very good chance that they’d answer heroin. If so many people know how dangerous heroin is, then why does anyone start using it? Addiction is a progressive disease, and those who feel the need to get high will eventually grow tolerant of their substance of choice, until eventually, they may need a stronger drug to get the effect that they’re after.

The Progression of the Disease with Painkillers

Prescription painkillers are one of the most commonly abused medications in the world today. Doctors and pharmacies are constantly trying to find better ways to monitor people for potential substance abuse, so addicts find other ways to get their high. Heroin becomes a viable option then, as it is a more potent form of an opiate, and a lot cheaper.
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Finding Hope Despite Addiction as a Mental Illness

The reality of the situation for addicts is that they have already lost the power of choice when it comes to fighting the urge to drink and use drugs. Unlike some other people, therefore, it’s not a matter of simply turning off a switch for their cravings. In fact, in recent years, addiction has already been classified as a legitimate mental illness.

The DSM V

Due to its progressive traits and the effects it has on the mind, addiction has recently been added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) manual, a diagnostic tool that doctors use to asses if a person has a mental illness. Studies have shown that addicts have an abnormal prefrontal cortex, which is unable to restrain the flow of dopamine in the system when they use mind-altering substances.
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Using Medications in Sobriety: Right or Wrong?

There are a lot of varied opinions about whether or not addicts should be able to use medications in sobriety. In recent years, prescription drug abuse has become the number one cause of fatal overdoses, and it’s even more than overdoses from cocaine and heroin combined. This leads many people to debate about whether or not medications should be able to help treat addiction, despite numerous studies that have shown the many benefits of prescription drug use.

Prescription Drugs as Substitute Addictions?

The debate largely is founded on the premise that these prescription drugs eventually become a substitute for the patient’s addictions—whether alcohol or illegal drug—which the patient had to go to rehab for in the first place. Then again, the ideal is that these medications be given under strict regulation measures. Methadone and Suboxone, for example, are commonly used to treat people who are recovering from an opiate addiction.

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Going for Amino Acid Therapy

Learning about substance abuse is unnerving enough, even more so when it becomes a personal problem. In such situations, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a Riverside treatment center, especially one that’s well-versed in the field of amino acid therapy. Continue reading

Pinning Down Drug Abuse

Excessive drug intake can pose a set of problems, including physical, emotional, psychological, and social ones. So why do people become addicted, you may ask? Unfortunately, the exact cause of drug addiction is still not known because circumstances vary for every victim. Continue reading