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,
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
The damage alcoholic parents cause due to their alcohol use disorder can be more subtle than verbal and physical abuse. As they grow, children require guidance from adults to strike a balance between autonomy and belonging. Adult children of alcoholics (ACoA) rarely receive this, which can lead to many problems. As one daughter of an
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
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.
Consumption of alcohol lowers inhibitions, which makes it all too easy to reach for that next drink, even when you’ve had more than enough. Binge drinking has been a problem on college campuses for decades, despite many organized efforts to curtail it. No mere rite of passage, binge drinking is a public health crisis, affecting
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) roughly 17 million adults (18 years or older) have an alcohol use disorder. In addition, it’s estimated that over 855,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 also have this condition. It may be difficult to know the difference between one or two