Tag: Drug Addiction

Cannabis Dependence Disorder

Cannabis Dependence Disorder

Marijuana, or cannabis, is one of the most popular psychoactive substances worldwide, especially among teenagers. Although the specifics of cannabis’ addictive qualities are still very much under debate, Cannabis Dependence Disorder is officially classified in the DSM-V and prolonged, heavy use has been shown to cause some level of dependency. Cannabis comes from the flowers …

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Recovery After Relapse

Recovery After Relapse

There are many points of view on a relapse.  One school of thought says that relapse may be part of the recovery process. It has also been stated that relapse occurs only when the commitment to being clean and sober is weaker than the desire to use again. Yet others claim that relapse is a …

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What It Means To Have A Mood Disorder

Mood Disorders

A common element seen in many addicts/alcoholics is the existence of a mood disorder.  A mood disorder may be primary or secondary, as a main factor in substance abuse or as the result of the chemical dependency and resultant withdraw syndromes.  Correct diagnosis, identifying any underlying problems; education, in regards to how the mood disorder …

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Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment

The medications traditionally used in harm reduction or medication-assisted treatment programs for opiod addiction are Suboxone, Subutex & Sublocade. Suboxone is really made up of two medications with the main med being Buprenorphine. It is a long-lasting opiate. Now why would you take someone off of opiates and put them on more opiates?  Well, Buprenorphine …

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