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Support During Detox for Alcoholics

Support During Detox for Alcoholics

When someone who has an addiction to alcohol stops drinking, they experience a withdrawal process. This is the body adjusting to not having alcohol. The detox for alcoholics is a very difficult period and often requires medical support. How severe the withdrawal...

Addiction in Animals

Addiction in Animals

Drug use is associated with a typically human cultural behavior for pleasurable purposes or to achieve altered states of consciousness or behavior. Humans are not the only living beings that consume drugs and in which dependence can develop, as it has also been shown...

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

Stopping smoking is one of the best things a person can do for their health. If you have been smoking for a long time or you are a heavy smoker, you may feel very reluctant to quit. We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but if you don’t feel unwell and you...

Dynorphin’s Role In Addiction

Dynorphin’s Role In Addiction

Dynorphins have been considered to play increasing roles in numerous pathways in the brain for the past four decades. They are compounds belonging to the opioid peptide family, which have a high binding affinity to kappa receptors, which is key for the dynorphin's...

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine

When treating addiction, a number of techniques can be used. One of the most effective ways of helping addicts to manage the withdrawal process is through pharmacotherapy, where medication is used to support the withdrawal process. One of the most common and effective...

Inside the Brain of an Addict

Inside the Brain of an Addict

Addiction is complex. It has many causes and elements. It is a mixture of behavioral psychology and brain chemistry. This is part of the reason that addiction, and addicts, are so stigmatized by society. When people do not fully understand addiction, they are either...

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine has been around for thousands of years in one form or another, and yet cocaine addiction is still a growing problem in modern society. The simple reason for this is that cocaine produces a high that alters the brain chemistry, leading to compulsive cravings...

Understanding the Compulsive Sexual Behaviour

Understanding the Compulsive Sexual Behaviour

We talk about compulsive sexual behaviour when a person has, in an excessive way, recurrent sexual fantasies and anxiety about behaviors related to sex. This results in a state of impulsivity that is difficult for the patient to stop. It has its diagnostic criteria...

What is Addictive Behavior?

What is Addictive Behavior?

When addiction comes to mind, we usually think about substances such as alcohol, drugs (prescription and recreational), and cigarettes. Addictive substances are substances that a person craves; this makes sense - the substance changes something chemical within the...