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  • Compulsive Gambling Addiction and Treatment

    Compulsive Gambling Addiction and Treatment

    “Any betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon chance or 'skill' constitutes gambling.”...Gamblers Anonymous
    Introduction Slot machines, black jack, lotto, the pool table, horse racing, lotto and going to casinos are for the majority of individuals a fun, harmless,...

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  • Oxycontin Addiction, Abuse and Treatment

    Oxycontin Addiction, Abuse and Treatment

    General Principles OxyContin is an opioid agonist first introduced in 1995. It is a Schedule 11 controlled drug used in the treatment of severe pain disorders. OxyContin is a long acting formulation of oxycodone, the medication's active ingredient. Today, various formulations of oxycontin are available.
    The drug is a powerful pain killer and widely used in clinical medicine. However,...

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  • Hydrocodone Addiction and Treatment

    Hydrocodone Addiction and Treatment

    Hydrocodone is a semi synthetic opioid (narcotic) derived from two of the naturally occurring opiates, codeine and thebaine. Hydrocodone is prescribed for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. It is taken orally as an active narcotic analgesic (pain killer) and an antitussive (cough suppressant). The pain relief by hydrocodone is thought to involve peripheral and central actions but...

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  • Heroin Detox

    Heroin Detox

    Heroin addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. The heroin abuser ’s nervous system becomes accustomed to accommodating chronic exposure to the drug, which is an opioid. Therefore, during heroin detoxification excruciating withdrawal symptoms are ubiquitous.
    Withdrawal symptoms begin within 12 hours of not using and peak after two to four days. The symptoms...

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  • Crystal Methamphetamine (Meth) Addiction and Treatment

    Crystal Methamphetamine (Meth) Addiction and Treatment

    In 1893, methamphetamine (meth) was first synthesized from ephedrine by Japanese chemist, Nagayoshi Nagai. In 1919, Akira Ogata synthesized crystallized meth by reducing ephedrine using red phosphorous and iodine. In the 1950s, Pharmacology and Therapeutics reported legal prescriptions of methamphetamine given to the American public for the treatment of narcolepsy, post-encephalitic Parkinsonism,...

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  • Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

    Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

    Drug and Alcohol addictions continue to affect people from all walks of life. Many people believe that all drug and alcohol abusers are criminals or are morally weak. But, that simply is not the case. Whether one is a doctor, stay-at-home mom, lawyer, teacher, preacher, mill worker, teenager or even a child, drug and alcohol addictions respect no one.
    Addiction is a physiological...

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  • Heroin Addiction and Treatment

    Heroin Addiction and Treatment

    Heroin is a powerful addictive drug sweeping the United States causing intense euphoria and strong physical dependence in its users. Heroin is processed from morphine; a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of certain varieties of poppy plants and appears as a white or brown powdery substance.
    Heroin is highly addictive because it enters the brain rapidly and affects...

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  • Xanax Addiction and Treatment

    Xanax Addiction and Treatment

    Xanax is a Central Nervous System (CNA) depressant known as benzodiazepine which is commonly prescribed by physicians to treat panic attacks, nervousness, and tension. Xanax, also known as alprazolam and considered to be a Schedule IV controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).
    Xanax has been used as a tranquilizer since the 1960s with strong opposition to the use of...

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