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 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.
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.
Alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. So, when you drink, you might experience a calming feeling. Combining alcohol with other CNS depressants can intensify that feeling and is dangerous to your health, even if you do it accidentally. Mixing Ativan and alcohol is relatively common among people who abuse addictive substances because using […]
Many Americans take sleep aid medications like Ambien to combat insomnia. However, combing Ambien with other addictive substances like alcohol can lead to serious consequences. Ambien and alcohol are both depressants, which will amplify side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, slowed heart rate, trouble breathing, and more. Combining any amount of Ambien and alcohol is not […]
Edited on October 7th, 2020 The addictive potential of a drug can be difficult to determine because it may vary greatly based on several factors, such as how easily a person will become addicted, the severity of its withdrawal symptoms, how much the drug activates the brain’s reward system, or how much physical and psychological […]
Drug withdrawal symptoms can range from very mild to very severe depending on the circumstances, but can drug withdrawal be deadly? Here’s what you need to know before you attempt to detox on your own.
Many addictive drugs cause harmful long-term effects when they are abused over and over again. However, quitting is often a double-edged sword due to the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms they can also cause.
What is a Speedball?A “speedball” is a mixture of stimulant and depressant drugs, most commonly heroin and cocaine. The mixture is typically injected into the veins but may also be snorted simultaneously. Known for the intense high it produces, this drug combination is especially dangerous and can cause serious side effects, overdose, or death.
Withdrawal symptoms are one of the most common concerns among people who want to quit their drug of choice. Just the thought of detox being painful or uncomfortable can be enough to make many people forego sobriety and keep using drugs or alcohol to prevent withdrawal symptoms.