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Finding Help for GHB Addiction

Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) is a metabolite of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. A metabolite is a substance that is formed during the normal process of metabolism. As GABA is broken down, one of the byproducts is GHB. GHB is classified as a central nervous system depressant, […]

Physical Harms of Abusing Marijuana

Within the United States, more people use marijuana than any other illicit drug, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) publishes. It is most commonly smoked or vaped, but it can also be ingested in the form of edibles or brewed in a beverage. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSUDH) reports that […]

Physical Effects of Ketamine

Ketamine is used officially as a tranquilizer for animals and for humans on rare occasions when other anesthetics are not appropriate or available, but on the black market, it is sold as a recreational, hallucinogenic drug. Called cat valium, K, vitamin K, special K, jet, lady K, kit kat, and other slang terms, the drug […]

Motivational Interviewing

It should come as no surprise that Motivational Interviewing (MI) is considered an effective therapy approach in the field of addiction treatment because that’s the very place where it was developed. At present, there are more than 1,200 publications that relate to Motivational Interviewing, and the approach is used internationally. This technique focuses on how […]

Schizophrenia and Addiction

Schizophrenia is a serious, complex, and debilitating mental illness that affects a little more than 1 percent of the American adult population in a given year, per the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH). Schizophrenia disrupts thought patterns, which in turn affect behaviors, relationships, and the ability to complete everyday tasks. Schizophrenia can cause a […]