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What Is LSD Abuse?

There is no question about the dangers of lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD. It is a powerful synthetic hallucinogen that is almost entirely unregulated, except in some cases where it is used in psychiatric treatments and research. People who take LSD experience visual and sensory hallucinations, changes in mood, and sometimes paranoia. Though…

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What Are Resources for Loved Ones of Those With Addiction?

Addiction is often referred to as a family disease, because it significantly impacts those in the person with addiction’s life. When the person enters recovery, their friends, family, partner, and other loved ones may need to recover, too. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources for the loved ones of people with substance use disorders. Al-Anon…

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Using Things Outside Yourself to Cope With Emotional Pain

I’ve heard addiction described as—among other things—using something outside of yourself to cope with painful feelings. This can happen even after you quit using substances; it’s one of the reasons many people with substance use disorders also struggle with other, behavioral addictions. Looking to things outside yourself to “solve” your emotional pain often leads to…

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Recent Seasons of the shows POSE and Feel Good Deliver Honest and Complex Portrayals of Addiction

Attn: Spoilers TW: Sexual Assault, AIDS, Death The most recent seasons of the shows POSE and Feel Good both deal with addiction. While the two are very different, each illuminates the links between trauma and substance use disorders. This last season of POSE, season 3, takes place in 1994; previous seasons were in the late…