5 Steps for Dealing with a Female Addiction Problem

female alcoholHandling drug and alcohol addiction is not a “one size fits all activity.” You can’t expect one approach to work for every addict, Continue reading

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Who is Most Prone to Heroin Addiction

heroinThe greatest ally of drug addiction has always been ignorance. When you don’t know what a drug can really do to your body and mind, there is no reason not to use it. When you don’t know where drugs Continue reading

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Signs of an Alcohol Addiction During the 4th of July Holiday

alcoholIndependence Day is fast approaching in the United States, and that means that most Americans are starting to think about their holiday plans. Most holidays in the US aren’t religious in nature, Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Home Free From Addiction This Summer

girlWith school over and children and teens heading home for a few months, it’s the most important time of the year to practice safe behaviors regarding drug use. If you are not vigilant, your own children could end up among the millions of young people in America that first experiment with dangerous drugs and alcohol during the summer. Continue reading

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10 Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

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Gambling Addiction often Coupled with Drug and Alcohol Abuse

gamblingThere are many types of addictive behaviors. The most common addictions are to alcohol and drugs, of course, but Americans can also be addicted to certain activities, such as gambling. Research has shown that “problematic gambling” is much more common among adults that all abuse alcohol. Problematic gambling means that you aren’t just occasionally gambling for fun. It means that you are treating gambling like an addiction. You can’t control your impulses to continue doing it even after you might have lost a significant amount of money. Continue reading

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10 Signs of Drug Addiction During Prom Season

promThe prom is the all-important formal dance party, a traditional ceremony which is celebrated right around the time of graduation from high school. It is a time of beautiful dresses and corsages for the young ladies, tuxedos and boutonnieres (floral decoration worn by men, traditionally a single flower) for the young men, a dining out at a special restaurant, and perhaps even a limousine to transport the attendees to and from this traditional rite-of-passage which signals the coming of age and a transition into young adulthood. Continue reading

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3 Choices Every Addict Should Make After Drug Addiction Treatment

personA recent study published online attempted to identify the factors which affected greater aftercare participation by those who had completed an abstinence-based residential addiction treatment program. Abstinence-based drug treatment is the most well known, most studied and most documented type of drug rehab treatment program. Continue reading

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When Helping Becomes Enabling During Addiction

helping handMany individuals often struggle with the fact of a loved one’s drug addiction.  They innately want to help their loved one, but often are unaware of exactly how to do so.  They may offer support, shelter, encouragement, money, food or other things in the hopes that it will help their loved one cope with their problems, and then perhaps move forward into addressing and resolving their problems with substance abuse.  But when does helping become enabling? Continue reading

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Addiction Recovery: Who Are Your Friends?

friendsDrug users don’t use drugs by themselves. They almost always have a network of friends that they are using drugs with. These are the buddies and even the family members that are “enabling” the drug addict while they spiral down into addiction themselves. Continue reading

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