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Addiction Definition

Addiction is one of the most misunderstood illnesses that many people don’t actually view as a legitimate illness. As someone who doesn’t have a problem with drugs or alcohol, it’s difficult to understand what’s happening. Most people are capable of recreationally drinking or using drugs without having it affect their lives. There are others who…

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Stages of Addiction

Addiction is a progressive, chronic and potentially fatal condition that impacts tens of millions of Americans annually. The stages of addiction can progress rapidly, which can have severe and damaging consequences. All psychoactive substances can cause addiction, which can lead to physical dependence and painful withdrawal symptoms. Recreational use can lead to abuse and addiction,…

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Why Do People Use Cocaine and Alcohol Together?

Many people considering treatment for substance abuse problems use more than one addictive substance on a regular basis. For instance, combining cocaine and alcohol is a common problem. Why do so many people combine various substances? Are there any lasting complications that can occur when combining substances? The information below will talk more about the…