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High-Intensity Drinking vs. Binge Drinking: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment Options

High-Intensity Drinking vs. Binge Drinking: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment Options Party goers binge drinking alcohol.

High-intensity drinking is a dangerous emerging trend that comes with serious health consequences for those who engage in the activity. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines this pattern of drinking as consuming alcohol “at levels that are two or more times the gender-specific binge drinking thresholds [1].” This type of drinking […]

Substance Abuse Issues Within the LGBTQ Community

Substance Abuse Issues Within the LGBTQ Community Woman holding a paper rainbow heart.

Substance abuse is a significant problem among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. From tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and binge drinking to the use of harder drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and other opioids, many people in the sexual minority struggle with addiction. Statistics have shown that LGBTQ adults are more than twice as […]

What is Addiction Transference and Why Does it Occur?

What is Addiction Transference and Why Does it Occur? Lonely man drinking after addiction transference.

Addiction is the continued use of a substance or behavior despite the potential for personal problems or negative consequences. A person with an addiction may want to stop, yet may struggle with doing so on their own. Addiction transference occurs when an individual exchanges one compulsive behavior for another compulsive behavior, such as when a […]

Suboxone Detox: When and Why it Becomes Necessary

Suboxone Detox: When and Why it Becomes Necessary Woman suffering from withdrawal looking out a window.

Suboxone is an FDA-approved prescription medication used in the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction which contains a combination of the drugs buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone was created to address and lessen the symptoms of the withdrawal process that occur when those with physical dependence or addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin, morphine, fentanyl, and oxycodone, stop taking them abruptly.

The Link Between Anxiety and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

The Link Between Anxiety and Addiction: What’s the Connection? Woman struggling with anxiety and addiction and trying to cope.

Anxiety is the most common mental disorder in the U.S. with more than 40 million adults or 18 percent of the population reporting that they are affected by it on a regular basis [1]. Anxiety causes those who suffer from it to experience a state of constant fear and worry, often about insignificant things, and […]

Alcohol Detox Austin Texas: What To Expect From The Treatment?

Alcohol Detox Austin Texas: What To Expect From The Treatment? Briarwood Detox Center - Patio

Alcoholism is an overlooked health problem that actively impacts all aspects of a person’s life. The long-term use of alcohol compromises physical health, mental health, career, and personal relationships. Long-term alcohol abuse can cause severe health problems like cardiovascular issues, cancer, and neurological problems. Alcoholism is an overlooked health problem that actively impacts all aspects […]

Drug Use in Teenagers

Drug Use in Teenagers Teenagers vs. drugs

Drug use is rampant today, with over 20 million Americans suffering from a Substance Abuse Disorder. This degenerative disease prevents users from modulating their intake of the drug, despite the overwhelming disadvantages it may pose to their health and social lives. Long-term drug use is tied to changes in our brain’s reward pathways and its response to dopamine, leading to users having difficulty with their decision-making faculties and their ability to control their inhibitions.

Mixing Alcohol and Acetaminophen: Is it Dangerous?

Mixing Alcohol and Acetaminophen: Is it Dangerous? Older man drinking alone.

Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol or the brand name Tylenol, is an over-the-counter (OTC) drug that is found in many medications that are commonly used to treat mild-to-moderate pain and fever. However, when you take acetaminophen at high doses or together with alcohol, it can cause side effects ranging from mild to severe. Because enzymes found in the liver are responsible for breaking down substances entering the body, it can become overwhelmed if too much acetaminophen and alcohol are consumed. When this happens, you’re putting yourself at a potential risk for severe liver damage. This risk increases as you take more of the pain reliever or drink more alcohol, with the possibility of fatal liver damage occurring in some cases. The risk may be higher for people who have a history of alcohol use disorder (AUD), also known as alcoholism.

Codeine vs. Hydrocodone: What’s the Difference?

Codeine vs. Hydrocodone: What’s the Difference? woman pouring prescription pills out of a bottle

Codeine and hydrocodone are both prescription opioid painkillers which are commonly abused in the United States [1]. Many people mistakenly believe that the only dangerous opioids are ones of the highly potent variety, such as morphine, heroin, or fentanyl. However, even the prescription opioids used to treat minor to moderate pain have the potential to be addictive […]

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