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Physical Health

How Lorazepam abuse can affect an individual’s physical health.


 

How Does Alcohol Abuse Damage the Body?

Alcohol, prescription drugs like lorazepam and recreational drugs are all known to harm the body, and while some of the damage these commonly misused substances do is universal, other damage is specific to the substance involved. Alcohol is a drug that creates long and short-term damage as it moves through the body. While intoxication is […]

Addiction and Changing Your Ways

Addiction recovery requires change. In fact change is so essential to the concept of recovery that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration[1] “defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” Recovery is change, and changing your […]

The Connection Between Caring for Your Mind and Caring for Your Body

The relationship between mind and body is one that has long been explored and studied in both medical and complementary or alternative medicine fields. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that ancient practices such as yoga and meditation have been making the connection between mental and physical health for centuries, while modern medicine has […]

Mood Chemicals and Their Effect on the Brain

Mood chemicals regulate much of what we do and how we think. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) explains that these chemicals are some of the many neurotransmitters present in our brain and nervous system. It defines a neurotransmitter as, “A chemical produced by neurons that carries messages to other neurons,” or in other […]

How Can I Cope with Pain If I Have a History of Painkiller Abuse?

Chronic pain severely impacts a person’s quality of life, so it’s important to find effective, long-term ways to treat pain. While many physicians prescribe painkillers including opioid drugs, there is serious debate in the medical community about the need to prescribe such drugs especially to people who struggle with addiction. Managing Pain Without Addictive Drugs […]

Are There Pregnancy Risks When Taking Lorazepam?

Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine prescribed for anxiety, depression and insomnia. It can manage anxiety and induce sleep when worries become overwhelming, but, as Medical News Today explains, it is “a very high-potent drug with sedative, anxiolytic, and muscle relaxation properties. It is prescribed for the short-term management of severe anxiety.” Lorazepam is not intended for […]

Can a Thyroid Disorder Lead to Addiction?

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that regulates many body functions including metabolism. Hypothyroidism, also known an underactive thyroid, is a thyroid disorder that has a connection to addiction. Thyroid Problems and Addiction: The Connection At least 13 million Americans suffer from thyroid disorders say researchers at Harvard Medical School. In more than 80% of […]

Wounded Veterans and Drug Addiction

Men and women wounded during military service often struggle with pain and anxiety while some physicians prescribe anti-anxiety medications as a treatment, risk factors such as addiction are changing the treatment options. Veterans, PTSD and Prescription Drug Addictions A person dealing with the highly charged emotions of coming home from war may be vulnerable to […]

The Dangers of Self-Medicating Chronic Headaches

Chronic headaches are debilitating, and without a satisfactory treatment option, some people may seek to manage the pain on their own. Stress and Tension Headaches The daily hassles of life cause headaches in some people. As a rule stress is the most common source of headaches according to the Mayo Clinic. People who react to […]

Can I Get Insurance for an Injury-Caused Addiction?

The 2001 Western Journal of Medicine article “Why Health Insurers Should Pay for Addiction Treatment” argued that every dollar invested in addiction treatment saves the country $7 in other expenses with the largest savings coming from crime reduction. HBO’s Addiction Project website similarly estimated that the savings is between $7 and $12 for every dollar […]