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March 5, 2011

Opioid Dependence

Opioid Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Opioids.  Included in the class of opioids are morphine, heroin, […]
March 5, 2011

Inheriting A Parent’s Alcohol and Drug Addiction

My parents were both heavy drinkers and my father used drugs fairly often. Does this mean I am susceptible to becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol because they were?
March 4, 2011

Cannabis (Marijuana) Dependence

Cannabis Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Marijuana. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one year period:
March 3, 2011

Benzodiazepine Dependence

Benzodiazepine Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are prescription medications that work in nearly the same part of the brain as Alcohol. This drug class includes Ativan, Klonopin, Valium. Xanax and others. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one-year period:
March 2, 2011

Consuming Alcohol for Relaxation

My husband seems to need alcohol in order to "relax", he says it's not an issue - but I have my doubts. Should I be concerned?
March 2, 2011

Amphetamine Dependence

Amphetamine Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Amphetamine. This includes Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, as well as prescription amphetamines such as Ritalin, Concerta or Adderall. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one-year period:
March 1, 2011

Am I Consuming Too Much Wine?

I'm a 35 year old woman and on average, I have about 1.5 glasses of wine each night, about 5 times a week. Is this too much? Should I be concerned about any health risks?
March 1, 2011

Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Alcohol. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one-year period: