Stages of Alcoholism

Stages of Alcoholism

Becoming addicted to alcohol doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, like all addictions, severe alcohol use disorder (what some may call alcoholism) is progressive and is usually the result of long-term alcohol abuse. An individual battling an alcohol use disorder (AUD)...
The Effects of Alcohol on the Heart

The Effects of Alcohol on the Heart

Alcohol is a depressant and affects a person’s mood, emotions, and behavior. Alcohol consumption causes the brain to release high levels of dopamine, which provides a pleasurable feeling. Alcohol affects the brain and its ability to control the...
The Effects of Teen Substance Abuse

The Effects of Teen Substance Abuse

Alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana use can lead to more potent drugs and addiction. These substances are commonly referred to as gateway drugs. Many adolescents start using alcohol, nicotine, or marijuana and eventually progress to more harmful substances. Many people...
Can Marijuana Use Lead to Addiction?

Can Marijuana Use Lead to Addiction?

Marijuana use can lead to addiction. People often argue that marijuana is safe because the withdrawals are not as intense as they are with other substances. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018), “marijuana use disorder becomes addiction when...
Alcohol and Its Effect on Depression

Alcohol and Its Effect on Depression

Depression is a debilitating mental health condition that affects all aspects of a person’s life. An individual who suffers from depression will often decline invitations to social events, family gatherings, and special occasions with friends. When you have...
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