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What is Hoarding?

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Hoarding is a disorder that by various estimates affects somewhere between 2% and 5% of the U.S. population, a number hard to pin down as it occurs so privately. It is characterized by excessively collecting objects - or animals - and by a marked and often overwhelming anxiety over organizing or discarding items.Hoarders are usually smart, inquisitive people who nevertheless have difficulty letting go of items that are no longer useful, even when surrounded by unsafe levels of clutter and disorganization.   MORE  

A Guide to Gambling Addiction

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Betting, wagering, routine financial risk-taking or speculation such as stock trading are so widespread as to defy the concept of gambling addiction. A majority of people at some point gamble for fun, sport or profit on casino-style card games, dice games, electronic games, betting on sports events, lottery tickets, bingo, stock and money markets, and even games of personal skill (pool, basketball, bowling etc.). MORE  

A Guide to Bath Salts

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Bath Salts are the most popular name for a group of synthetic "party" drugs containing one or more chemicals similar to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the Khat plant. Synthetic cathinones is an umbrella term for several chemicals such as mephedrone, MDVP (3,4 - methylenedioxypyrovalerone), N-methylcathinone (also known as methcathinone or cat), 4-fluoromethcathinone (also known as flephedrone or 4-FMC). MORE  

A Guide to Alcohol

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Alcohol is a colorless flammable liquid that is the intoxicating force inside of wine, beer, spirits, and other drinks. There are different kinds of alcohol. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol), the only alcohol used in beverages, is produced by the fermentation of grains and fruits. Fermenting is a chemical process whereby yeast acts upon certain ingredients in the food, creating alcohol. Fermented drinks, such as beer and wine, contain anywhere from 2% alcohol to 20% alcohol. Distilled drinks, or liquor, contain from 40% to 50% or more alcohol. MORE  

A Guide to Codeine

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Codeine is a widely-used short-acting narcotic that is highly addictive and provides the user with an overall sense of calm and feelings of pleasure. It is a chemical found in small amounts (0.7%-2.5%) in a type of poppy flower, Opium (papaver somniferum), and is more often synthetically made from morphine without being as strong as morphine. MORE  

A Guide to Methamphetamines

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Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant narcotic (also called meth, crystal, and ice, among other terms) that takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder. Methamphetamine stimulates the central nervous system and is similar in effect and creation to the drug amphetamine. It is seldom used for prescription purposes due to its addictive qualities and its serious long-term effects on the brain. MORE  

A Guide to Cocaine

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Cocaine is a drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant, and is also known as Big C, Blow, Coke, Flake, Freebase, Lady, Nose Candy, Rock, Snow, Snowbirds, and White Crack. It is a potent brain stimulant and one of the most powerfully addictive drugs whose annual street use revenues top $100 billion and exceed that of corporations as large as Starbucks. Using cocaine produces a feeling of euphoria in the user while causing blood pressure and heart rate to increase. Cocaine users report feeling energetic and alert while using the drug. MORE  

A Guide to Nicotine

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Nicotine is a chemical found in the leaves of the tobacco plant that is so powerful and toxic it has been widely used as an insecticide. When tobacco smoke is inhaled, nicotine is absorbed through the lungs and reaches the brain in about 10 seconds. There it works by mimicking the actions of a naturally occurring brain chemical, acetylcholine, which joins with special receptors. MORE  

What is Opium?

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Opium is a narcotic depressant derived from the seedpod of an opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). As a primary source of morphine and codeine, it is commonly used as an analgesic painkiller. Opium itself is now illegal to possess, especially in its most popular illicit form, heroin. It can be a source of euphoria or peacefulness depending on the amount of use and method.  MORE  

What is PCP?

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Phencyclidine (PCP) is a white crystalline powder that readily dissolves in water or alcohol and has a bitter chemical taste. MORE  


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