Understanding Cross Addiction

Understanding Cross Addiction

Addiction is complicated. The more researchers explore what causes some people to become dependent on drugs and alcohol, the more they realize that ending substance abuse is about more than just saying no. Part chemical craving and part behavior, the cycle of...
Common Drug Mixtures and Interactions

Common Drug Mixtures and Interactions

Some people become addicted to taking more than one type of drug at the same time. Usually, the intent is to intensify or adapt the effect of the first drug. In addition to accelerating addiction, this practice can increase the dangers of drug use due to the mechanics...
The Dangers of Self-Medicating for Depression

The Dangers of Self-Medicating for Depression

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses on the planet. Approximately 300 million people around the world suffer from some type of depression, and without treatment, it can result in suicide. Depression manifests itself in various symptoms, including...
Depressant Addiction and Recovery

Depressant Addiction and Recovery

Depressant substances generally work by slowing down the body and thus creating a sense of relaxation. Alcohol is one of the most common depressants. It is legal and widely available. Many who eventually become addicted start out by using alcohol in small amounts,...