A Closer Look at Antisocial Personality Disorder and Addiction

A Closer Look at Antisocial Personality Disorder and Addiction

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), more commonly referred to as “sociopathy” in popular culture, is a mental disorder characterized by a profound lack of empathy for others, especially with regard to respecting (or not respecting) their personal rights. According to data collected in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (2007), ASPD was prevalent among only 1 percent […]

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Maryland Declares State of Emergency Over Continuing Opioid Health Crisis

Maryland Declares State of Emergency Over Continuing Opioid Health Crisis

Substance abuse is a national epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addiction is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, claiming more lives than car accidents each year. Opioid abuse is driving the epidemic, with heroin deaths reaching an all-time high in 2015. Across the nation, states are […]

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How Childhood Trauma Increases the Risk of Addiction

How Childhood Trauma Increases the Risk of Addiction

Substance abuse is a multifaceted disease with diverse risk factors. For example, we know that the children of addicts are more likely to struggle with substance abuse as they get older. Both genetics and our environment shape our risk for dependency, as well as how we approach and respond to addiction. In particular, childhood trauma plays […]

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Benzodiazepine Overdoses and Deaths Increase in the United States and Maryland

Benzodiazepine Overdoses and Deaths Increase in the United States and Maryland

For the past several years, states and the media have focused their drug agendas on stopping an increasing opioid epidemic. Today, another serious class of drugs lurks in the shadows. Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers commonly prescribed for anxiety, muscle relaxation, insomnia, and seizure control. Benzodiazepine use and abuse have risen over recent years. The drug has […]

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The Connections Between Trauma and Alcohol Abuse

The Connections Between Trauma and Alcohol Abuse

Substance use often creates a distorted sense of wellness, ease, comfort, and lowered inhibition. Alcohol, in particular, behaves similarly to Oxytocin in the brain and can make users feel confident and happy for a short while. For trauma sufferers, the need to experience an escape from the pain and suffering of memories can easily turn […]

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