10 Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

prescriptionMore prescription drugs are now being prescribed than at any point in our history. Pharmaceutical companies are now multi-billion dollar businesses that answer to the bottom line of profitability – not the safety of their customers Continue reading

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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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5 Healthy Snacks During Addiction Treatment

snacksGetting treated for drug or alcohol addiction is a tough time for the body. It has already been put through extreme stress during the time that an addict was using drugs, and now you’re asking it to give those drugs up. This activates the process known as withdrawal. Once the body is addicted to a drug, it does not want to give that substance up. It will throw the bodily equivalent of a tantrum as it makes you go through cold shakes, vomiting and shooting pain throughout your body. Continue reading

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What Are the Components of Effective Aftercare Following Addiction Treatment

personAftercare is a vital component of effective drug rehabilitation treatment, and is defined as the care of a patient who has been discharged from some type of health care facility.  Although the person may no longer need in-patient care, they may require a certain amount of care to complete their recovery.  In the case of drug rehab treatment and addiction recovery, aftercare is the providing of continuing care, support or services after the individual completes the main body of addiction treatment. Continue reading

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Powdered Alcohol Can Only Spell More Addiction

alcoholicAlcoholism is a major problem in the United States. Over half of all adults are regular drinkers. That means that they have an average of at least one drink a month all year. This might not see like a very big deal, but the key words there were “at least.” Many, many adults have far more than just one drink a month. Part of this behavior is ingrained in teens and college-aged young adults by the party atmosphere that they grow up in. Society seems to be telling them that getting drunk is a part of growing up, so they gleefully participate. Continue reading

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The Lies That Stem From Addiction

liesDrug and alcohol addiction can literally change every aspect of an individual’s life.  In some cases, addicts seem to function somewhat normally in their life, and in others they lose their job, their family, their relationships and even their possessions and home.  Many addicts are driven to continue their destructive drug habits by powerful cravings, and are often willing to do anything necessary to obtain and use more drugs.  This includes lying to and stealing from others, even close friends and family members.  Additionally, many drug addicts have lost all sense of self-respect and feel guilty or embarrassed about their problems with substance abuse.  They may feel like others can’t possibly understand what they are going through, and therefore they are alone and have to hide their problems.  Some of the lies told can seem obvious – like explanations of how money has been spent or where they have been for long stretches of time.  Others may seem so sincere that it can be difficult to tell whether they are truth or not.  Following are some of the lies that are told by drug and alcohol addicts. Continue reading

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