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Food

Is Alcohol Affecting Your Calorie Count?

Americans consume almost as many daily calories from alcohol as they do from sugar-laden sodas, health surveys have shown. ...(more)

Sugar Addiction: Fact or Fiction?

People who binge on sugar foods often suffer cravings, withdrawal, and relapse when they attempt to cut down. But is it accurate to call sugar an addictive drug?...(more)

Obesity and Cigarettes Don't Mix

Obesity and cigarettes worsen known health risks and creates a few new ones. Impaired drug metabolism is one of the problems....(more)

Sweet Tooth Linked To Heavy Drinking

Lab rats bred for high-sugar preference drink more alcohol, compared to a control group. But is the same true for humans?...(more)

Withdrawl

States Concerned About Drug Withdrawal in Babies

Women who abuse amphetamines, cocaine, sedatives, or opiates during pregnancy can cause problems for their newborns during the "neonatal" period, corresponding to the first month after birth. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is the name given to a group of symptoms common to these newborns. ...(more)

Symptoms and Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal

If you or a loved one are addicted to cocaine, one of the main reasons you may fear quitting the drug is the threat of severe withdrawal symptoms. Indeed, withdrawing from cocaine is uncomfortable and difficult. Seek medical attention to help you through these withdrawal symptoms....(more)

Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine carries a serious danger of addiction due to the extreme pleasure the drug can produce. Combine that with very unpleasant effects when coming down from the high, and the cocaine user only wants more of the drug to continue feeling good. Withdrawal symptoms experienced after stopping regular cocaine use are especially unpleasant....(more)

12 Step Groups

Is AA/NA Right For You?

Despite advances in the science of addiction, the amateur self-help groups known as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) remain the preferred approach to achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety. But are they the best approach for everyone?...(more)

Rare Marijuana Disorder Causes Vomiting

Little was known about cannabis hyperemesis until recently, when health workers began documenting cases of severe vomiting, which could be treated by means of hot-water bathing or showers, among a small number of chronic marijuana smokers. ...(more)

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab for Sex Addiction

Sex addiction therapy offers in and outpatient options. You may think inpatient programs are the best course of treatment, and in some cases they are. If you have tried therapy for your sex addiction and failed, the rehab outpatient programs available offer a significant amount of benefits. Primarily made of 12-step groups, these programs are a solid method of helping you live your life while coping with your sex addictions....(more)

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Dirk Hanson

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Dirk Hanson is a freelance science writer and blogger covering neuroscience, drugs, and addiction. He is the author of "The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction." He writes and edits Addiction Inbox, a well-regarded blog devoted to the coverage of health studies about drugs, addiction and alcoholism... Read More

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