What Do Opiates do to the Brain?

Opioids are a highly addictive class of drugs that cause major damage to the brain. Their high potential for abuse comes from their pain relieving and euphorigenic properties. However, tolerance quickly develops when one is abusing opioids, and more and more of the drug must be taken to achieve the same effects. Eventually, a user…

How is Addiction Diagnosed Medically?

Addiction is recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as Substance Use Disorders. These disorders vary based on the specific substance one is using, as well as the severity of the problem. The current edition of the DSM no longer uses the terms “substance abuse” and “substance dependence.” Rather,…