When dependant on alcohol, your brain releases a continuous flow of chemicals to make you alert to counter alcohol’s effects. It keeps nerve endings stimulated all the time to compensate for the depressive signals. This leads to a dangerous level of alcohol dependency. The brain and central nervous system are so used to alcohol’s effects that it does not operate correctly without it. 

Because of this, if someone tries to quit alcohol or does not drink for a period, the brain, still used to constant depressive signals, will rev up to a heightened state. This rev up will continue the longer the user is without alcohol, leading to dangerous stimulation levels in the brain.

The danger depends on how dependant or accustomed the body and central nervous system have become to alcohol. During withdrawal, chemicals become unbalanced, and the brain does not know how to compensate for many weeks. The side effects of this imbalance are known as alcohol withdrawal or Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS).

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Causes of Drug Addiction

Genetic predisposition and environmental risk factors most determine the likelihood of addiction. A person’s genetics account for 40 to 60 percent of their risk of drug addiction. A person’s genetics also determines the risk factors in how quickly an addiction to a drug develops. 

Environmental factors are even more indicative of an addiction developing. For example, early-age drug use will alter a person’s brain development to be more defenseless toward addiction in the future. 

The most common environmental causes of drug addiction include:

Peer Pressure
Depression and Trauma

The risk at which a person becomes addicted to a drug also varies from substance to substance. Opioid painkillers, for example, have a higher rate of substance abuse and addiction compared to other common drugs.

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Depression: Symptoms and Treatment

Depression is different for everyone, but there are telling signs that can help you recognize whether you or a loved one is depressed. Find out more.

Clinical depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is an often misunderstood chronic condition with many causes. Depression does not have to be permanent and help is available. Learning about the signs, symptoms, and treatment for depression is the first step toward recovery.

Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety disorder presents itself in many forms. Here are the most common signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders to keep an eye out for.

Identify the signs of sleeping pill dependency and learn about how the right treatment style can help an individual overcome addiction.


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Are Sleeping Pills Addictive

Sleeping pills fall into a category of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. They share this

category with benzodiazepines and have similar effects on the mind and central

nervous system. But rather than treat anxiety, sleeping pills are medications prescribed

by physicians to treat insomnia.

Overuse and abuse of sleeping pills will result in physical dependence, eventually leaving the individual unable to fall asleep without taking the drug. Building tolerance means the dose must keep increasing to achieve the same initial effects. The inability to sleep without more and more of the drug makes sleeping pills highly addictive.


Signs & Symptoms of Trauma

Everyone reacts in their own way to traumatic events. Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms that indicate someone is suffering from trauma.

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