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Mental Health tips/information: May 12

Addiction is a major mental health issue that, if left untreated, can derail one's life such that family, work and personal goals are negatively affected, according to mental health websites.

The American Psychiatric Association classifies 10 substances for addictive disorders:

Alcohol; Caffeine; Marijuana; Hallucinogens (PCP or LSD); Inhalants (glue, paint thinner); Opioids (prescribed painkillers, heroin); Sedatives, hypnotics (sleeping pills), anxiolytics (Xanax or Valium); Stimulants (meth, amphetamines, cocaine) Tobacco; Other - unknown or emerging drugs like K2 or bath salts.

Warning signs of addiction to these substances:

- Using drugs and alcohol despite experiencing negative side effects

- Use more drugs and alcohol to achieve a sense of normal well-being

- Work and personal life suffer due to drug and alcohol use

- Difficulty cutting back or halting use

- Experiencing withdrawal sickness when one stops, including trembling, hallucinations sweating and high blood pressure.