Alcoholism and Early-onset Dementia are More Closely Linked Than We Thought

New evidence shows that heavy drinkers are more than three times more likely than non-drinkers to develop early-onset dementia and incur other degenerative effects on the brain. Are you at risk? A recent study has shown a strong link between excessive alcohol use and dementia – a new addition to a growing list of health concerns for those who struggle with alcohol addiction. The study, published in the Public Health medical journal, found strong evidence that chronic drinking can lead to dementia of all forms, but especially early-onset dementia. Participants in the study who drank heavily were more than three times more likely than non-drinkers to develop the disease. How Heavy Drinking Lea

Opioids Could Make Chronic Pain Worse: What This Means for Weighing Addiction Risks

Doctors worldwide readily dole out opioid painkiller prescriptions as a cure for post-op and chronic pain – largely contributing to today’s opioid epidemic. But as it turns out, these meds could actually be prolonging patients’ pain. Let’s find out why. Despite their addictive properties and potentially dangerous side effects, health care practitioners have been using opioids to treat chronic pain for decades – the prevalence of which has led to the opioid addiction epidemic we see today. Considered one of the most common and debilitating medical conditions a person can experience, chronic pain is widespread – and opioid painkillers are the most common way of managing and repressing its symp

What is Xanax and How is it Addictive?

Xanax use is as common as the anxiety disorders it’s prescribed to treat – but even when taken as directed, it carries a high addiction risk and serious health consequences. We take a closer look at what exactly this drug is and what makes it so addictive. Xanax abuse is so widespread, it’s come to be the poster child for prescription drug addiction. This powerful benzodiazepine is frequently used to treat anxiety and anxiety-related insomnia, but is dangerously habit-forming, even when taken as prescribed. Rates of Xanax and other benzodiazepine prescriptions have been rising steadily over the last decade, with overdose rates rising right alongside. Here, we’ll take a look at what exactly X

Why People Become Addicted to Drugs & Alcohol Part 1

The question, “Why do some people become addicted to drugs and alcohol, and others do not?” has puzzled many addicts, non-addicts, researchers, and medical professionals. After many years of research, researchers have notice that there are mainly five factors that determine the chances of a person becoming addicted to drugs, alcohol, or both. The Genetic Factor Drug addiction is a disease, and scientist years ago started looking at it like any other illness, and asked the question, “Does genetics matter?” The question has lead to research worldwide, and researchers are still trying to find out if there is a genetic factor in determining the chances that a person will develop an addiction to

What is Alprax and How is it Addictive?

Alprax use is as common as the anxiety disorders it’s prescribed to treat – but even when taken as directed, it carries a high addiction risk and serious health consequences. We take a closer look at what exactly this drug is and what makes it so addictive. Alprax abuse is so widespread, it’s come to be the poster child for prescription drug addiction. This powerful benzodiazepine is frequently used to treat anxiety and anxiety-related insomnia, but is dangerously habit-forming, even when taken as prescribed. Rates of Alprax and other benzodiazepine prescriptions have been rising steadily over the last decade, with overdose rates rising right alongside. Here, we’ll take a look at what exactl

Use, Abuse, and Addiction of Trazodone

Trazodone is an antidepressant. It is sold under brand names such as Molipaxin, Trialodine, Desyrel, Trittico, and Trazore. Trazodone is used to treat depressing, insomnia, and anxiety. Sometimes, it is prescribed for OCD, cocaine addiction, and eating disorders. Most people, who use Trazodone, use it for legitimate reasons. There are users who like the effects that the drug gives, these users may begin to abuse the drug and eventually develop an addiction to it. This way of developing an addiction to Trazodone is less common, most users unintentionally develop an addiction to the drug. When they decide to stop taking it they will realise that their body has become addicted and they will exp

Is there such a thing as an Addictive Personality?

There has been a growing interest whether or not there is such a thing as an addictive personality. Although this question is hard to give a precise answer, there are many ways to examine it. Doctors, researchers and private drug rehabs alike are working hard to provide an explanation on why people use, abuse, and become addicted to drugs and alcohol. They have come up with reasons such as, genetics, experiencing a traumatic event, and certain psychological traits that attribute to an individual’s personality. Some experts have suggested that because some addicts share similar personality traits, there may be such a thing as an addictive personality which needs to be addressed by an addictio

Setting it Straight: Debunking the Myths of Addiction

We’re all familiar with addiction and all of the myths that come with it; SHAFAHOME is here to set it straight. Come with us as we debunk the most common myths of addiction. *In no particular order. Addiction Myth 1: People Choose to Be Addicted No one actually says to themselves ‘ahh today I think I will begin an addiction’. While using in the beginning likely began with choosing to do so, the chemical makeup within the brain is altered eventually the need for the drug kicks in. People do not choose to become addicted. Addiction Myth 2: Addiction is Not That Serious Any addiction is a serious matter and affects every part of the addict’s life as well as those around him or her. With long te

Short Term Effects of Smoking Crystal Methamphetamine

The short term effects of smoking crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, are different from other drugs and can be extremely dangerous. This drug is considered to be one of the most hazardous for its users. It is important to understand these effects as well as how dangerous an addiction to crystal meth can be. Brief Knowledge on Crystal Methamphetamine Crystal meth is one of the fast growing drugs. It is made from d-methamphetamine, is highly addictive, and extremely detrimental to a users physical and mental well being. It is most commonly smoked, but can also be injected, swallowed, or snorted. Crystal meth looks like small crystals or glass shards and are a light blue to wh

Becoming Addicted to Painkillers

Painkillers are one of the most addictive substances prescribed; most people who are taking these medications are completely unaware of how addicting they are. Oftentimes, people who have an addiction to painkillers developed one unintentionally. Painkillers are normally prescribed after surgery, for serious muscle pain, or pain related to diseases. One should keep in mind that not all painkillers are addicting. Most of the habit forming medications are an opiate or opioid; an example of these would be Vicodin or OxyContin. There are many factors that can have a part in addiction to painkillers. Listed below are some of these factors to take into consideration. Painkillers Effectively Numb P

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