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Addictive Drugs

Is There Such A Thing As Casual Crystal Meth Use?

Methamphetamine is a synthetic compound that stimulates the release of dopamine and norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter closely related to adrenaline. The effects of meth are much more prolonged than the short burst of dopamine and norepinephrine that is released when neurons fire on their own.

Like all amphetamines (“speed” drugs), meth creates feelings of euphoria, intensity, and power, along with the drive to do whatever activity the user wishes to engage in. If going...
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My Own Worst Enemy: Hidden Signs Of Self-Sabotage In Recovery

What is the number-one enemy of recovery? Many people say drugs, alcohol or the disease of addiction itself. Perhaps you’d point to unsupportive friends or a flawed health care system or a dysfunctional home life. However, there is a much loftier, much more conniving opponent threatening your sobriety: you.

Addicts are expert self-saboteurs. Addiction itself is, in some ways, an act of self-sabotage. Rather than dealing with uncomfortable feelings and finding...
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7 Behaviors You Can Change Now to Avoid Developing an Addiction

Your grandfather was an alcoholic. You were emotionally mistreated as a child. And your dysfunctional family continues to complicate your life on a daily basis. With this many risk factors, the odds of avoiding addiction certainly aren't the most favorable. While you can’t control your genes, your past or the family you come from, getting hooked on drugs is not inevitable. Here are a few simple behaviors you can change now...
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