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Modafinil vs Adderall

What is Modafinil? (+ Its Uses) Modafinil belongs to a class of medications that promote wakefulness. It is sold under the brand name Provigil. The drug is used to treat sleep disturbances such as:  Excessive sleepiness (being unusually tired throughout the day, despite how much sleep you get)  Obstructive sleep apnea (a condition in which […]
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Polysubstance Use & Dependence

What is Polysubstance Abuse? Polysubstance abuse or polydrug use is when a person consumes more than one illicit or licit drug at any given moment. Illicit drugs include any type of substance that is: Illegal  Does not have a medical application for the user Poses a health risk to the individual (with misuse and dependence […]
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Is Addiction Really a Disease?

What is Drug Addiction? Drug addiction is a term used to describe a physical and/or emotional dependence on drugs.  According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the medical community no longer uses this term. They use “substance use disorder (SUD)” instead. Addiction or SUD both describe compulsive and habitual use of a substance. Addiction encompasses […]
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Pseudoaddiction

What is Pseudoaddiction? A pseudoaddiction mimics the symptoms of addiction. It's often used in regards to prescription painkillers. Whether a pseudoaddiction is a fake or real addiction is largely up for debate. The prefix “pseudo” comes from Latin, meaning “fake” or “not real.”  Pseudoaddictions are clinically complicated. That's because it’s difficult for doctors to tell when […]
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Should I Have a Sober Companion?

What is a Sober Companion? A sober companion provides one-on-one support and assistance to people recovering from alcohol use disorder (AUD). Sober companions are sometimes called sober coaches or recovery coaches. The main goal of a sober companion is to help someone maintain total abstinence. They also provide guidance and support that help people establish […]
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High Tolerance to Drugs or Alcohol

What Does High Tolerance Mean? High tolerance refers to how much of a drug or alcohol you can consume before it affects your functionality. Regular drug users and heavy drinkers tend to develop higher tolerances for drugs and alcohol because, the more you take drugs and/or drink (and the more often), the higher your tolerance […]
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What Are Muscle Relaxers?

A muscle relaxer (muscle relaxant) treats muscle spasms or spasticity. There are two types of muscle relaxers.  Antispasmodic drugs (spasmolytics) are used to relieve, prevent, and decrease muscle spasms. They stop nerve impulses in the central nervous system (CNS) or act directly on smooth muscles. Some examples are cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and tizanidine (Zanaflex). Antispastic drugs […]
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What Happens If You Fail a Drug Test

What are Drug Tests & How Do They Work? A drug test looks for the presence of illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs in your urine, blood, saliva, sweat, or hair. Urine testing is the most common form of drug testing. Other names for drug testing include: Drug screen Drugs of abuse testing Substance abuse testing […]
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Loving a Drug Addict

Signs Your Loved One is Using Drugs  Being in love with a drug addict is difficult. For many people, drug addiction is enough to end the relationship. If you also struggle with addiction, it exacerbates the problem. Two drug addicts in love is not a healthy relationship, even if they adore each other. Domestic violence […]
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How to Stop Drinking

Why Can’t I Stop Drinking? If you're struggling to stop drinking alcohol, you may have a problem. You're not alone - millions of people across the country face difficulty reducing or quitting their drinking habits. Almost one-third of US adults drink excessively. Approximately 10 percent of these people are addicted to alcohol.8 An estimated 14.5 […]
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