Addiction Versus Dependence: What’s the Difference?

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People may interchange substance addiction and substance dependence. After all, it’s easy to confuse the two terms. Depending on which organization or specialist you’re talking to, some may have the same definition, some may have different ones, and some may even not use either terms altogether. Take for example the scientific community, which prefers the term “substance use disorder.”

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Addiction Stigma: 7 Ways to Break the Dangerous Notions

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In as much as words hurt and can be dangerous, the wrong information can do damage too. This is what happens with addiction stigma.

The stigma of addiction is a dangerous perception that prevents millions of people all over the world to seek and get treatment for their substance use disorder. Many people, especially here in our country, still believe that addiction is a choice, that people who get addicted have a moral failing or a character flaw. These people are selfish, weak, and don’t deserve compassion. These baseless notions fosters fear among addicts, stopping them from reaching out for help. Ultimately, this can then cause them to sink deeper into addiction. Some of them even don’t become so luck as they lose their lives.  Read More

Addicted and Anxious? How to Deal with Addiction and Anxiety as Co-Occurring Disorders

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It’s natural and normal for people to worry. In moments of uncertainty, people often feel anxious. Usually, it’s before speaking or performing in public. It may also happen before taking a test. However, these feelings of worry are often temporary. Read More

Meth Overdose: What You Should Know

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Meth, or locally known as shabu, comes in many different forms such as a white powder, small crystals, or even a pill. It may be ingested, injected, or smoked. However it is introduced into the system, it can’t be denied that meth is highly addictive and have a bevy of negative physical side effects. One of these is overdose. Read More