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Difference Between Physical and Psychological Dependence

Addiction is a complex issue and people often feel confused about the difference between physical and psychological dependence. In this article, we aim to provide some clarity on this matter.

The Four Stages of Addiction Explained

A common misconception is that addiction happens overnight and there is no way to see it coming. However, when we look at the cycle of addiction and its different stages of evolution, we can see that there are many opportunities to identify it before it grabs hold and consumes us.

Cocaine Addiction – What are the Effects?

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug which is made from the leaves of the coca plant which is processed with other chemicals and additives. The result is a fine, white powder which are compressed into bricks before distribution.

What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Alcohol Every Night?

Alcohol plays a big role in the lives of many people. Light drinking can help you destress after a long day at work, it can elevate your mood temporarily and it may even help you sleep. You may think that having two or three drinks every day is not doing any harm, but the reality is that consistent and long-term alcohol use can be extremely detrimental to your mental and physical health.

Does Your Liver Recover After Years of Alcohol Abuse?

A casual drink every now and then will likely have little to no effect on your health. This is why moderate drinking is always encouraged if alcohol cannot be abstained from completely. However, excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time can have severely damaging effects on your overall health, and especially your liver. But the question is: can the liver repair itself after years of drinking?

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Excessive alcohol consumption can result in alcohol addiction or dependency, which can start to have detrimental effects on the live of those who are dependent on alcohol as well as their families and loved ones. In this article we will talk about how to identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction.

How to Help Someone Struggling with Alcohol Addiction

It can be exceptionally difficult to watch someone you love struggle with alcohol abuse or dependency and sometimes you may feel a bit helpless. In this article, we show you how you can support someone with alcohol addiction.

5 Tips for Saying No to Alcohol When You are Trying to be Discreet

Alcohol is a big part of social interactions and often people struggle to enjoy a gathering without it. For someone who has a tendency towards alcohol abuse or addiction, these social situations can be problematic as they not only normalize excessive alcohol consumption but normalize it too.

Effects of Alcohol on the Brain as You Age

Alcohol affects us differently as we age. Some of the changes are more immediate and recognisable, such as intense hangovers after just one or two drinks. However, there are other effects that may not be as noticeable but can be extremely damaging in the long run.

Mood Changes After Giving Up Alcohol – What to Expect

Many of us turn to alcohol to help us cope with the pressures of daily life. It often helps ease anxiety; it makes us feel more social and sometimes boosts our overall mood. However, there is an underlying factor to consider when it comes to using alcohol to improve our mood – in the long run, alcohol negatively impacts our mood as it changes the way the brain works.

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