Colorado Drug and Alcohol Recovery Blog

Is Environment The Sole Cause of Addiction?

2018-11-14T16:56:56+00:00August 1st, 2018|

What Causes Addiction? “What if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong?” This is a question posed by New York Times best-selling author Johann Hari in his 2015 book Chasing the Scream. The book has become an international phenomenon in recent times. It continues to generate publicity. (If you haven’t heard of [...]

Top 10 Most-Commonly Abused Prescription Medications

2018-12-05T17:04:35+00:00July 15th, 2018|

There are prescription drugs that are commonly abused in the U.S. every day. Street drugs will often come with a stigma but prescription medications can also cause addiction. There is a variety of reasons for the increase of prescription addiction. Here is one example: “Nearly two decades ago, health care professionals were urged to [...]

Our List of the Top 10 Hardest Addictions to Kick

2018-11-14T17:16:30+00:00July 5th, 2018|

Substance effects on the brain If you take a look around the Internet for a common addictions list, it is clear that some types of addictions are more common than others. The top 10 addictions in the world include everything from cannabis to benzodiazepines to amphetamines. Other versions in America include so-called process addictions like [...]

Will There Ever Be a Drug that Ends Addiction?

2018-08-04T01:35:22+00:00June 25th, 2018|

It’s been clear for a while that “just say no” isn’t going to help us defeat the drug crisis in America. Instead, some scientists believe, we should be working to develop a drug that can actually end addiction once and for all. America’s worsening opioid problem shouldn’t be news to anyone. In 2017 alone, [...]

Cocaine and Cookies: 8 Similarities Between Drug Addiction and Food Addiction

2018-06-15T16:44:08+00:00June 20th, 2018|

Scientists have long debated the similarities between food addiction and drug addiction. For years, medical professionals have argued whether or not the latter should be included in the DSM, the quintessential bible of mental health diagnostics. Those who argue against its inclusion in the DSM claim that people cannot be “addicted” to food because, [...]

Are Suicide and Drug Overdoses More Connected Than We Think?

2018-06-15T16:32:51+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Drug overdoses and suicide are both among the leading causes of death in the United States. As of late 2017, overdoses have been identified as the top killer of Americans under the age of 50. Suicide is not far behind, either, ranking in at the tenth most common cause of death (and the second [...]

The Addict’s Brain: A Closer Look at the Science of Addiction

2018-06-07T05:09:03+00:00June 10th, 2018|

To many non-addicts, drug addiction seems like something that the addict chooses. In reality, however, addiction is a neurological disease that affects the brain in profound ways. As someone becomes increasingly dependent on drugs or alcohol, they actually lose the cognitive ability to understand exactly how dangerous the drug is. It’s no surprise to [...]

What is the Addiction Vaccine and Would it Actually Work?

2018-06-07T05:01:19+00:00June 5th, 2018|

Scientists are working hard to develop an anti-drug vaccine. Some believe it could play a key role in ending the opioid crisis. Is this the answer we’ve been looking for? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a vaccine that could prevent or even cure addiction? For too long, the approach toward finding America’s [...]

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