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Stealing to Fund Addiction

Stealing to Fund Addiction

Substance addiction can transform the person you know and trust into a stranger who will do almost anything to get high. Theft is a heartbreaking but all too common side effect of substance misuse, stemming from a need to get money to buy more drugs. If you’ve discovered someone you care for is stealing to…

Understanding Why Painkillers Become So Addictive

Understanding Why Painkillers Become So Addictive

Chronic pain impacts over a quarter of Americans. While many people manage their discomfort with over-the-counter pills, some chronic pain is treated by doctors with short-term prescriptions for painkillers. Narcotic medications, like OxyContin or Vicodin, are opioids and thus highly addictive. Even when they’re prescribed, you are at risk of dependence or even becoming addicted to…

DSM-5 Criteria for Substance Use Disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a vital diagnostic tool published by the American Psychiatric Association. This text is considered the gold standard on mental health and influences how disorders are investigated, diagnosed and treated — including addiction. DSM-5 is the fifth edition, which was updated in 2013 with input from…