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Can Addiction Be Cured?


For some diseases, there is simply no known cure. In such cases, a regimen of medical treatment is needed in order to sustain quality of life, or to sustain life itself. Addiction is a brain disease, diagnosed as severe substance use disorder. Can addiction be cured? Not at present, though researchers are working on it. However,

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What is Substance Use Disorder?


Substance use disorder (SUD), sometimes called drug use disorder, is a psychiatric diagnosis of problematic drug use, including drug addiction. SUDs are assessed on a scale from mild to moderate to severe. Within this framework, full-blown, compulsive addiction to drugs or alcohol is classified as severe substance use disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and

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How to Prevent Underage Drinking


As a parent of three young children, I face the prospect of their teenage years with some trepidation. I remember all too well the underage drinking of my own youth, which lead to a minor consumption arrest when I was fifteen. I wonder how to prevent my sons from making some of the same mistakes

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What is Alcohol Poisoning?


Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency most typically caused by the consumption of too many alcoholic beverages in too short a period of time. It is one of the principal risks of binge drinking, which is five drinks or more within two hours for men and at least four drinks within two hours for women.

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Types of Opioids: What You Need To Know


Humanity has a complicated relationship with all types of opioids. It’s a longterm relationship, one which stretches back thousands of years. Opium, an analgesic (painkilling) drug, has permeated societies around the globe since ancient times. In war-torn Afghanistan, the opium trade helps fund the Taliban. Even our popular culture has taken note; on the cable

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