While the phrase “cocaine addict” may conjure up images of all-out binges and borderline psychotic drug-seeking behavior, the reality is that many people who regularly use cocaine do so in what they consider to be a casual way. The problem is, this level of cocaine...

Barbiturates were introduced in 1903 and classified within a group of drugs known as sedative‐hypnotics. They act as a central nervous system depressant by slowing the activity of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, a neurotransmitter that nerves use as a communication channel. Barbiturates...

Conventional wisdom has long held that alcoholism is a genetic disease, and there is some truth to this. A wide range of genetic factors and inherited traits may make some people more prone to alcohol addiction – according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information,...

The connection between addiction and mental health disorders has long been known. A recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health confirms a link between opioid abuse and anxiety disorders. Says its lead author, Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, "Lifetime non-medical prescription opioid...