There is much controversy about the prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall that are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When used as directed and when needed, they can create positive life changes and may actually reduce the likelihood of addiction, as Alicia Potter shares that, “adolescents on ADHD medication were less […]

Veterans are some of America’s bravest people, because they face combat experiences that would frighten countless citizens. However, because of the combat, soldiers also have high risks for drug abuse and addiction. They face long periods of time away from home and loved ones, are exposed to the trauma of combat and may be wounded […]

Everyone has experienced rejection at some point, but it affects some people more than others. In fact, some people begin to abuse drugs to deal with the pain of rejection, but this response will only make rejection worse. Seek help to address both rejection and addiction at the same time. How Social Rejection Can Lead […]

PTSD can be one of the most crippling mental conditions as it not only impacts an individual’s every day life, but also affects his or her loved ones. When PTSD goes untreated, the most common effects can grow more intense, and new side effects can begin to develop. It is crucial that individuals struggling with […]

Painkiller addiction is a chronic and sometimes fatal problem. Through treatment and recovery, however, addicts of any age can overcome addiction and live drug free. Although older addicts may feel too old for the challenge, at no age is anyone simply too old to recover from painkiller addiction. Older People’s Vulnerabilities to Addiction Addiction affects […]

Prescription drug addiction can devastate the life and health of a user and her family. You may know how addiction can devastate your personal relationships, your ability to hold down a job and any sense of stability. However, what you may not know is how addiction affects the liver. The dangers of drug addiction include […]

The correlation between PTSD and pain sensitivity has been well documented. In fact, symptoms of pain are one of the most regularly reported issues among individuals with PTSD. Most evidence shows that PTSD can increase a person’s sensitivity to pain, as well as increase the development of chronic or persistent pain. The answer behind how […]

The last thing an opiate user might be concerned with is feeling physical pain, however long-term use of opioids can lead to an “increased nervous system response” otherwise known as hyperalgesia. Hyperalgesia describes what happens when a person comes in contact with minimal pain but feels that it is much more excruciating than it truly […]

Many people think of anxiety as just a mental health issue, producing only psychological symptoms; however, anyone who has ever dealt with anxiety issues knows that the symptoms of anxiety can produce physical effects as well. In fact, anxiety itself is a physical reaction of the nervous system that functions to warn a person of […]

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) develops as stress and other issues keep several processes from integrating, like consciousness, perception, memory and identity. It is characterized by switching to alternate identities during periods of stress. Each identity has a name, personal history and characteristics such as gender, voice, mannerisms and preferences. Other symptoms of DID include the […]