What Is Actually Involved in an Intervention?

What Is Actually Involved in an Intervention?

An intervention is a planned, group approach to helping an addict see that she needs immediate help When a family member or friend is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it is difficult to stand by and watch her destroy her life. If you...
What Causes Addiction?

What Causes Addiction?

Addictive substances change the way the brain perceives pain and causes feelings of euphoria Addiction is a chronic brain disease marked by a dependence upon a legal or illegal substance in spite of the negative consequences of that substance abuse....
Youth and Addiction

Youth and Addiction

Young people are more vulnerable to addiction than adults, because peer pressure, problems at home and a desire to fit in Young people are especially susceptible to the temptation of drug and alcohol abuse. First, the desire to fit in with the crowd...
How Drugs Affect Women’s Brains

How Drugs Affect Women’s Brains

Drugs and alcohol affect women’s brains differently than men’s The differences between men and women have always been discussed, and the discussion now involves ways the sexes respond to drugs. A study conducted by the National Institute on...
How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

Men could consume the same amount of oxycodone as a woman, but feel different effects Because addiction is an extremely complex disease, mental health professionals continuously research it and how treatment can overcome it. Such researchers have...
How Do Opioids Differ from Opiates?

How Do Opioids Differ from Opiates?

Although opioids and opiates cause specific side effects, they usually produce similar effects Opiates are often paired or combined with additional medications to alleviate pain; for example, oxycodone is often combined with acetaminophen. These...
Why Are People Drawn to Abuse Drugs?

Why Are People Drawn to Abuse Drugs?

Social pressure, genetic heritage and mental and physical health issues are all factors that can influence people to begin abusing drugs Media portrayals of and stigmas surrounding addicts contribute to an addiction stereotype disconnected from the...
Oxycodone and Physical Distress

Oxycodone and Physical Distress

Narcotics of any kind can cause physical distress and accidental overdose Oxycodone is a prescription painkiller that relieves pain around the clock. This drug is not recommended for as-needed pain relief, meaning people should not take a pill of it...
Important Things to Learn About Oxycodone

Important Things to Learn About Oxycodone

Oxycodone is highly addictive, and users may become addicted within weeks of first abusing the drug Drug abuse is a complex subject that you could spend hours learning about, but for those who may not have the time to do in-depth research, there are...
Has Oxycodone Been Changed to Reduce Abuse?

Has Oxycodone Been Changed to Reduce Abuse?

Reformulations are an important step in curbing substance abuse All opioid painkillers are made from natural chemicals in opium poppy, and the alkaloid that makes oxycodone is thebaine, a rare compound with stimulatory effects. Many drug users...

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