How Continued Drug Use Leads to an Overdose

February 28, 2016 by  
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During the past decade, death by accidental drug overdose has grown exponentially. Most of these overdoses result from prescription drug and heroin abuse, and many people turn to the latter drug once their prescription opioids become impractical to obtain1. Most people understand overdose to involve someone who abuses a drug, gradually increases the dose and […]

The Brain’s Role in Positive Feelings

December 15, 2015 by  
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For most of humankind’s history, the brain has been considered unknowable. However, within recent years, there have been more developments in the field of study of this amazing organ than ever before. We see that it is really the seat of human intelligence and responsible for housing the qualities that characterize what makes us human. […]

4 Reasons Addiction Is Considered a Disease

November 30, 2015 by  
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Thanks to scientific research in the field of neuroscience and addiction, there is more understanding now than ever before on the effects that drugs place on their abusers. While a surface level examination of addiction may come across with the assumption that addicts should simply stop using the substance that is harming them, we now […]

Learning to Believe in Yourself During Addiction Treatment

October 29, 2015 by  
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Finding motivation to seek addiction help is important not only to make the first steps toward sobriety, but also to continue making efforts during the rest of the recovery process. However, that initial motivation is sometimes lost once addiction treatment starts; other people might not have been convinced from the start that addiction treatment was […]

How Does Treatment Get Me from Addiction to Recovery?

October 24, 2015 by  
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Rehab is a process that involves different methods for taking addicts from drug abuse to lives of sobriety. All the methods and programs used in rehab have that purpose, but recovery programs may vary depending on the following factors: Type of abused drug A patient’s background How long has addiction existed Physical and emotional condition […]

Building an Accurate Expectation of Treatment

October 19, 2015 by  
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Addiction treatment centers help people overcome problems with substance abuse, but some patients believe that treatment centers cure dependency, so all they must do is be there and finish the program. Other people expect addiction rehab to be a time off where little effort is expected. These lines of thinking can greatly affect the effectiveness […]

Overlooked Causes of Trauma

September 2, 2015 by  
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When people are asked to give examples of traumatic problems, they often resort to common examples, such as sexual abuse, extreme violence, life-threatening situations, war, natural disasters and other similar events. All of these options are correct, because these traumatic experiences are often related to major consequences, such as developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, […]

How the Trigger Process Works

July 23, 2015 by  
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One of the most important aspects of recovery treatments for patients suffering from addiction or a mental health disorder is to learn how to maintain abstinence. After the treatment program has ended, the patient needs tools to handle triggers in a healthy way to encourage sobriety and mental wellbeing. To effectively meet this goal, the […]

The Different Types of Problem Drinking

April 27, 2015 by  
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Many assume that problem drinking looks the same in all who battle this addiction. Recent research though has uncovered eight different types of problem drinkers. Before describing the different types of problem drinking, it is important to highlight the health and behavioral risks of excessive alcohol consumption. The Risks of Drinking Too Much According to […]

How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

April 17, 2015 by  
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If you are questioning the amount, frequency or effects of alcohol abuse, then a problem is most likely present. Problems do not guarantee addiction, but they are a step to developing addiction, so address problem drinking even if it has yet to escalate into addiction. When determining if your drinking has gone beyond substance abuse […]

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