Do you really want to spend the rest of your life addicted?

The short answer, of course, is no. Unfortunately, however, if you let it, your body will tell you otherwise. When consuming substances, the brain begins to depend on these substances for stimulation and the euphoric feeling we know as a “high.” Over time, the natural hormones and endorphins that your brain used to create begin…

It’s Psychological: How You Could Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Drugs– like guns, gambling, and other vices– are inanimate objects or concepts that, in and of themselves, can do no damage. However, we as human beings are quite the opposite. We are quite capable of doing horrible and irreversible damage on our own– and we often use inanimate objects like drugs to do so.Studies indicate…

How Do I Encourage My Loved One to Get Help?

Addiction, like many chronic illnesses and diseases, is an issue that affects a lot more than just the victim. In many cases, in fact, the victim may be the only one that does not have a problem with the disease and its debilitating effects. Family members and loved ones often tend to be the most…

How Do I Pick the Right Recovery Group?

Even after successfully completing therapy at an addiction recovery center, the journey to sobriety is still far from over. In fact, many individuals who have been sober for years indicate that they are still on the path to recovery, and that the journey never truly ends at all. One of the most advisable things to…

Why Ignoring Addiction Simply Doesn’t Work

Far too often, those suffering from an addiction to any one of a number of substances, attempt to downplay the severity of their dependency by ignoring addiction. Unfortunately, studies have shown that many of their would-be saviors do, too.Is it a coping mechanism? An attempt to err on the side of caution, in case we’re…

You’ve Been Taught Wrong: Disproving Common Myths about Illicit Substances

Most people grow up with what they consider to be a “basic understanding of drugs”, based on many common myths.  “Marijuana isn’t so bad,” they say. “Natural drugs aren’t as harmful as synthetic ones.”Here are 5 of the most common myths about drugs and addiction… and their startling truths. Sharing prescription medication isn’t really illegal:Adderall and…

I Was an Alcoholic. Can I Ever Drink Again?

The idea behind stopping addiction is to give a user the power to say no to alcohol or other substances, and to return control to a victim. In addiction treatment programs, patients go through a detoxification process and enjoy exercises and therapy sessions that allow them to open up about any underlying issues and work…

Heavy Drinking Could Lead to Dementia

A recent study indicates that how much you drink now can have an acute effect on your health as you age. The BMJ study suggests that heavy drinking as a middle-aged individual (described as the consumption of 14 or more units of alcohol a week) likely correlates with a higher risk of dementia as you…

Is there a Difference Between Alcoholism and Addiction?

Alcoholism and addiction are generally spoken of as two different things. The differences, however, had more to do with social factors rather than the disease of addiction. When looking at the reasons why a person develops alcoholism and addiction, there are virtually no differences. Historically, the first recovery programs were designed for the treatment of…