Addiction Types:Here you can learn about the many different types of addiction, their effects, and possible treatments, from smoking and alcohol, to pain killers, eating addiction, gambling and more.
Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by a loss of control. Addicts continue their use despite adverse health, social or legal consequences. Here are general categories of drugs and their effects:Alcohol produces short-term effects that include behavioral changes, impairment of judgment and coordination, greater likelihood of aggressive acts, respiratory depression, irreversible physical and mental abnormalities in newborns (fetal alcohol syndrome) and death. Long-term effects of alcohol abuse include damage to the liver, heart and brain; ulcers; gastritis; malnutrition; and cancer. Alcohol combined with barbiturates and other depressants can be deadly.
Illicit drug addicts face a problem those battling other addictions don’t: No matter how they obtain, possess, share and use it, their drug of choice is illegal.
Oklahoma has a problem with prescription drug use.
In recent years, methadone has contributed to more Oklahoma deaths than any other drug.
About four years ago, Oklahoma became the first states to pass an anti-methamphetamine law that made it more difficult to buy ingredients needed to manufacture the drug.
About 60 percent of Americans are alcohol consumers, according to a national institute that researches alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. And 9.7 million Americans are considered alcohol abusers.
What’s it like to stop smoking cold turkey, to go through the ups and downs of withdrawal, cravings and extreme moodiness?
One night when I was in college, I said “let me get a pinch of that.” A buddy had just taken a can of smokeless tobacco out of the back pocket of his jeans.
In the three years since Oklahomans approved a state lottery and expanded casino gambling options, the number of Gamblers Anonymous meetings statewide has nearly doubled.
People laugh about shopping till they drop and being a shopaholic, but compulsive shopping disorder is no joke.
Eating disorders are more prevalent today than 10 or 20 years ago, partially because of more awareness of the disorders, more willingness to seek help and more emphasis on weight, body image and dieting, according to two local registered dietitians.
Addiction to pornography, and the resulting lies and deception, involve an increasing number of Americans — and many of them are women. How do they get out of the grip of pornography before their addiction destroys their marriage, threatens their job and even their lives?
She thought she had won. Mary* had been sober for 13 years, but she discovered that her alcoholism had not just left—it had left her with a hole.