‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ was the first modern drug memoir and set the tone for opium use for decades. Here: Papaver somniferum (Opium poppy), a group of deep red flowers, buds and seed pods. Opium is extracted from the latex of the unripe seed pods. Ripe seeds are innocuous and widely used in baking.
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'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater' is considered the first modern drug memoir. Many believe it is responsible for our romantic ideas of opium-based drug use today.
In alcohol or drug rehabilitation, much of the day is spent in either group or individual therapy.
There are many good private alcohol and drug treatment providers, but lack of regulation means some unethical practices are being uncovered. Here's what you should know about treatment.
The number of teetotallers in Britain is rising. But that doesn't mean the rest of the population has a healthy relationship with alcohol.
It’s not just our taste buds thanking us when we give ourselves a sweet treat.
Our society and culture play a big part in what our brain sees as rewarding.
Naloxone is often used to revive people overdosing from opioids.
Scientists are just starting to understand how your parents' genes and experiences might shape your own susceptibility to dangerous drugs. Could that help to stop addictions before they start?
The average smartphone user checks their device 85 times a day.
Clinically speaking, you can't become addicted to a device, but you can develop behavioural addictions to smartphone functions.
Needles used for shooting heroin and other opioids litter the ground of a Philadelphia park.
By undermining the ACA, Republicans may be taking away one of the health care system's best tools for improving the lives of those with addiction.
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Critical standards of evidence must be met to merit the WHO's new diagnostic category for addicted gamers.
Fighting prejudice against people who use drugs should lead to a larger interrogation of society and inequality – not only a change of vocabulary.
Vivitrol, a non-opioid medication, is used to treat some cases of opioid dependence. Addiction specialists stress that not all patients need medication, but that many do.
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The U.S. has had multiple drug epidemics, and, until recently, has not had evidence-tested ways to help people. That has changed. New medicines can help. But other medical issues should also be addressed.
Suppressing thoughts about cigarettes, alcohol and chocolate are only going to make you crave them more.
Compulsive spending or shopping is considered an impulse control disorder.
Compulsive spending is on the rise, here's what you need to know.
A still from the 1936 propaganda film ‘Reefer Madness.’
Research from the last few decades suggest marijuana helps more than it harms. But Jeff Sessions' proposed crackdown would take us back nearly a century.
Patients in 29 states can legally use medical marijuana to treat their symptoms.
Patients in 29 states rely on medical marijuana to treat pain, nausea, seizures and other ailments. But all that could change.
At some point, it stopped being all fun and games.
With studies from the past year exploring the relationship between smartphone use and mental health, sleep, learning and romance, a more nuanced portrait of the device has emerged.
Are you a Facebook addict? Here’s how to find out.
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Don't want to become a social network addict? Start by working out what your vulnerabilities are.
The phenomenon of not being able to picture something in your ‘mind’s eye’ is known as aphantasia.
There are many people who are astonished to discover that their complete lack of ability to picture visual imagery is different from the norm.
President Donald Trump displays a presidential memorandum he signed, declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington.
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Opioids kill an average of eight people every day in Canada. The federal government must officially declare this a 'public welfare emergency' and invest the funds critical to a humane response.
Now purer and more accessible.
Budget cuts have consequences.
Playing to win, set up to lose.
Ireland is the 'wild west' of gambling, with little regulation to protect people from the potential social harm. This needs to change.