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How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System?

by Ray Sadoun ǀ August 21, 2022

What Is Adderall? Adderall is a medication made using a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and is most commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  It is a stimulant; therefore it increases your ability to stay focused and improve concentration. It can also treat certain behavioural disorders and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy.   […]

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Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning and What NOT to Do

by Ray Sadoun ǀ August 7, 2022

Alcohol, or rather ethanol, the active ingredient that causes a person to get drunk, is processed by the liver. The term ‘unit’ of alcohol refers to how quickly the liver breaks down the ethanol – one unit of alcohol takes one hour to process. A glass of wine, for example, contains 2.3 units of alcohol […]

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What Happens To Your Body When You Combine Different Drugs?

by Ray Sadoun ǀ June 5, 2022

Polydrug use involves using two or more different types of substances at once, which can amplify their effects and lead to a longer, stronger or altered high. This practise is extremely dangerous and carries a high risk of overdose as well as numerous detrimental effects to the body and brain. [1] Alcohol, prescription medication and […]

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The Dangers of Fake Prescription Drugs

by Ray Sadoun ǀ May 29, 2022

If a type of medication is legally required to be prescribed by a medical professional and cannot be purchased over-the-counter, this is known as a prescription drug. These tight controls and regulations reflect the fact that these medications are potentially addictive and can be dangerous if an incorrect dosage is consumed or if it is […]

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Heart Health: The Effect of Drugs and Addiction

by Ray Sadoun ǀ April 20, 2022

Heart Health: The Effect of Drugs and Addiction Addiction can have a profound and detrimental effect on every aspect of an individual’s life, and one of the most noticeable areas of impact is their physical health. Drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, opioids and methamphetamine can all have serious and potentially life-threatening effects on the heart, […]

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Understanding the Effects of Substance Misuse

by Ray Sadoun ǀ January 26, 2022

Understanding the Effects of Substance Misuse Drug abuse and alcohol addiction can affect different people in different ways. The ways in which substance abuse can affect you varies depending on the substance that has been abused, the level of abuse and the way in which the substance was administered – for example, snorted, injected, or […]

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Addiction and the Brain

by Ray Sadoun ǀ August 2, 2021

Addiction and the brain The chemicals in substances such as nicotine, alcohol, amphetamines, and opiates cause a neurochemical reaction that releases artificial, but intense levels of dopamine. As the addiction becomes stronger, natural levels of dopamine in the brain are decreased (1) meaning that habitual drug users find little pleasure in anything other than abusing […]

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Addiction and Addictive Personality

by Ray Sadoun ǀ July 22, 2021

Addiction and Addictive Personality A person with an addictive personality is more likely to develop an addiction to something. When thinking of addiction many people conjure up images of hopeless drug addicts with no prospects, but the reality is that anyone can develop an addiction. People can become addicted to many things, some of the […]

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Signs of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

by Ray Sadoun ǀ July 15, 2021

Signs of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction Alcohol abuse is a dangerous condition, killing and impacting the health of millions of people every year [1]. If you suspect that you or someone you know might be abusing alcohol, it can be a frightening prospect. One of the reasons the condition is so problematic is that it […]

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