The Benefits of Physical Activity in Addiction Treatment

lady exercisingExercise is a vital part of modern-day life, but it is easily overlooked if you don’t know why it is so important. It’s easy to feel that you’re too busy to get physically active, but without exercise, you can soon be a physical and mental wreck. Exercise is even more important when you’re a drug abuser. Anyone that has been using drugs needs to understand the benefits of exercise and why physical activity is so important to repairing the body after drug addiction. Continue reading

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Does Someone With An Addiction Really Want Help

depressed guyIt may seem ludicrous to ask whether a substance abusing individual wants help in overcoming their problems with addiction.  After all, drug use can be very expensive and damaging to the individual’s physical and mental health, career, relationships, goals, possessions and more.  The substance abusing individual suffers from an inability to think about or do anything except obtain and use more drugs.  They often feel trapped, confused, lost and alone. With all this in mind, one may conclude that of course a substance abuser wants help.  But then there are the endless stories of individuals who refuse to partake of proffered help from family members and close friends, sometimes even choosing to disconnect from these individuals.  There are stories of individuals who participate in lengthy and sometimes expensive treatment programs only to return to drug use immediately afterwards.  Such stories make it seem that substance abuse and addiction is a choice that the individual continues to make, prompting one to ask again whether the substance abuser really does want help. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Fight Addiction in the Family

familyDrug addiction is one of the issues that you never imagine could crop up in your family. Despite your best intentions, however, it can crop up when you least suspect it. There are several tactics you can use to help prevent drug abuse from occurring in your family, however. Here are 5 ways to fight addiction in your family. Continue reading

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Drugging Children Will Cause Addiction Damages

drugging childrenThe children of a nation are its future.  It is the children of today who will become the next generation to inherit the earth and its civilizations.  Ideally, we would be empowering these children with the education, the skills, and the judgment and wisdom to carry on, and make the world a better place.  Sadly, there are statistics which reveal something altogether different is being done. Continue reading

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10 Signs of Anti-anxiety Medication Addiction

anti anxiety medicationHow could something labeled “anti-anxiety” possibly be bad? There probably isn’t anyone that would choose to be worried about things. Anxiety is about the unknown; it’s what comes upon us when we don’t know what the outcome of some situation is going to be. A drug for that couldn’t be bad or addictive, could it? We want to think that these drugs wouldn’t be like methamphetamine, or heroin, but in many ways they are. Continue reading

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15 Signs of Drug Abuse and Addiction

drugsAccording to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly twenty-four million Americans had used an illicit drug in the month prior to the survey, while nearly one hundred thirty-six million Americans, more than half the total population, had used alcohol in the month prior to the survey and nearly seventy million Americans had used tobacco products in the month prior to the survey. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that substance abuse costs our Nation approximately $600 billion every year in crime, loss of work productivity, healthcare and more.  Clearly, substance abuse not only directly affects a large portion of our population, but indirectly affects the remaining portion of the population.  In order to effectively move forward in addressing and resolving this problem, one must first learn how to spot the signs of drug abuse and addiction. Continue reading

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10 Statistics About Alcohol Addiction That You Want to Know

alcoholApril is a month known for Easter (usually), April Fools Day and the first few weeks of spring. It has also been known as Alcohol Awareness Month since 1987. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) is an organization determined to spread knowledge about the dangers of alcohol, how alcohol dependence can develop, how young people are affected by alcohol and much more. Continue reading

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What the Disease Theory Says about Addiction and What it Really Is

pillsThe disease theory of addiction seems to be based on various premises which a person would need to accept as factual in order to accept the theory as a whole.  One such premise is that addicts inherit the disease.  Another premise is that an addict is born with the disease, and therefore is an addict before ever starting to use drugs.  It is regarded by some who subscribe to this theory that those suffering from the disease are characterized by a progressive loss of control, therefore unable to control their drug use and the inevitability of worsening.  But one must ask then, what about the resiliency of the human spirit and the capacity of a person to demonstrate their ability to change, and to improve? Continue reading

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Does My Family Member Have an Alcohol Addiction

family member alcoholicAlcohol is a dangerous drug for the family unit. If you are wondering about someone close to you, you’ve probably already seen signs of alcohol addiction and need some verification. Here are 5 signs that a family member has an addiction to alcohol: Continue reading

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Overcoming Addiction in Hollywood

hollywoodHollywood is the entertainment capital of the country. Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area also contain some of the highest drug use rates in the country. Why is it that fame, celebrity and talent seem to fall into the same boat as drug and alcohol abuse? Los Angeles is overridden with drug and alcohol use and abuse and overcoming addiction in Hollywood can be tough when it is all around. Continue reading

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