Addiction: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:35 by admin
Addiction is a major problem throughout the world, and it affects young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated. A person can be addicted to many substances; even certain activities can be addictive. Common addictive substances include alcohol, narcotics such as heroin, and cocaine. These drugs, and many other legal and illegal ones, may lead to both psychologic and physical dependence.

An addict is psychologically dependent on a substance when the addict craves the pleasure inducing effects of the substance. Physical dependence occurs when an addict's body requires the substance in order to function. Addicts who are physically dependant on a substance may suffer an extreme physical reaction (such as tremors, headaches, and nausea) once the addict stops abusing the substance. The severity of the "withdrawal" depends on the type of substance involved and the extent of the addiction. Sometimes doctors prescribe medication to assist the addict in the withdrawal process and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.

See Also

  1. Emotional Problems
  2. Product Liability - Food & Restaurant - Alcoholic Beverages Overview
  3. Ativan / Lorazepam
  4. Cigarettes & Tobacco
  5. Coricidin & Triple C: Overview
  6. Dilantin / Phenytoin Sodium
  7. Ephedra Recall
  8. Mirapex / Pramipexole
  9. OxyContin / Oxycodone Hydrochloride
  10. Paxil / Paroxetine Hydrochloride
  11. Prozac / Fluoxetine Hydrochloride
  12. Ritalin / Methylphenidate
  13. Stadol / Butorphanol Tartrate
  14. Ultram / Tramadol
  15. Vicodin / Acetaminophen & Hydrocodone Bitartrate
  16. Zoloft / Sertraline
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