Understanding Addiction
Can you be addicted to video games?

Can You Be Addicted To Video Games?

Whether on your phone, tablet or TV, video games are a powerful draw for adults and kids alike — so powerful, in fact, that gaming can turn into an addiction. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared video game addiction, or “gaming disorder,” a new mental health condition in the …

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Addiction & Teens
JUULing and teens

JUULing: The Vaping Trend Parents Need to Understand

Vaping — inhaling the aerosol vapor produced by an e-cigarette — isn’t a new activity among teenagers, but the products and packaging have become more camouflaged. A new type of vaping, called JUULing, features a flash drive-like design that can be easily tucked away in a closed fist, and the …

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Preventing Addiction
4 Things You Should Know Before Taking Your Opioid Prescription

6 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Your Opioid Prescription

Opioids are highly addictive drugs that act on the brain to alleviate pain. They include opioid medications that doctors prescribe to relieve pain after serious injury or surgery, as well as illicit drugs such as heroin. Examples of prescription opioids include oxycodone, morphine, codeine, fentanyl and hydrocodone (commonly known as …

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Substance Abuse
Woman stares at a drink, working on getting sober.

Getting Sober: The 5 Tips You Need

As with any dark habit, excessive alcohol use has a way of seeping into your life. The statistics are startling: Each year, an estimated 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes, making alcohol use the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the US. Those who survive may suffer from fractured …

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