Does Upbringing Determine Addiction

upbringingIt is a readily observable fact that children learn primarily through mimicry.  Children may come home from school and assert the wildest “facts”, things they have learned from well-respected friends, and seek to walk, act and talk like those around them.  This does not necessarily mean that everything a child does in their future life is determined by the household in which they were raised, or by the actions of those who raised them.  Every child who chooses a career that is not their parents’ career proves this point.  And while some children who begin to smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol with friends may have parents that do the same, the question remains: does one’s upbringing determine addiction? Continue reading

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Things That Can Be Helpful While Undergoing Addiction Treatment

addictionDrug addiction is a powerful force that can dictate an individual’s every thought and action in life.  While many individuals may say that admitting one has a problem with drugs or alcohol and needs help to resolve it is a difficult first step in handling addiction, it is important to keep in mind that addiction treatment itself is not an easy process.  Many individuals who fail to achieve sobriety through addiction treatment have failed because they have not participated in a full treatment program.  This may be because it became too difficult to continue and their addiction was too strong for them to feel they could successfully fight it. Continue reading

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Should Drug Addicts Try To Quit Smoking during Addiction Treatment

stop smokingAn individual who finds smoking to be soothing and stress-relieving is often reluctant to give it up, especially when they are experiencing a difficult life situation.  The same is true of individuals who are participating in substance abuse programs – smoking may be soothing or relaxing while they work through the difficult portions of their treatment program.  Trying to abstain from drug and cigarette use simultaneously can be overwhelming and difficult to contemplate, but can and should it be done? Continue reading

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Can a Marriage Be Repaired After Addiction

marriageRelationships can be repaired in just about any state. Of course, both parties have to be on the same page and willing to repair the damage, or it just won’t work. There are a lot of things that addiction will do to a relationship that require time mending; however, there have been many addicts on the road to divorce that have recovered and are still married to this day. Continue reading

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The Importance of Outcome Monitoring in the Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Process

alcohol dependantA drug addict is often quite without hope in their life, and may be highly reluctant to submit themselves to the guilt, embarrassment and difficulties of participating in drug rehabilitation treatment.  There are also those individuals who do participate in drug rehabilitation treatment, and either drop out or leave, or complete the treatment program and return to drug use within the year, month or even week.  This makes one ask why drug rehabilitation treatment is not successfully rehabilitating the person to a healthy, drug-free life, and question whether more addicts would be willing to enroll in treatment programs if they were successful more often than not.   Continue reading

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drug addict ladyWhile there may be some debate about whether drug use and addiction is simply an individual choice or a disease that can merely be temporarily resolved or held-at-bay with treatment, it is a proven fact that drug addiction causes mental, physical and emotional changes in the individual and can be difficult to resolve. Continue reading

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5 New Drug Addiction Trends Everyone Should Know About

kid potAn addict who began with the use of one drug in order to suppress a physical, mental or emotional problem in their life often discovers that they have developed a tolerance for that drug.  This means that they no longer experience the same pain relief or euphoric high with the original dosage of that drug, and either need to take a higher dosage or a more potent drug.  It is not unusual for drug addicts to constantly try new drugs or new drug administration methods, searching for ways to boost themselves to higher highs.  Additionally, many drug addicts are continually trying to figure out how to get more drugs for less money.  They may steal or lie to feed their habit, or look for cheaper versions of drugs.  As dangerous as the mimicked drugs are, the knock-offs are usually far more life-threatening. Continue reading

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The Importance of Nutrition to Stop Addiction

hot girlImagine that most everything that you ever heard about drug addiction rehabilitation was true, but lacked one key component that drastically reduced its possibility of being successful.  You know about drug treatment centers, self-help groups, working on changing addictive behavior and fighting to prevent relapse.  While all of these things can be effective for helping addicts handle their addictions, there is also one simple thing that could greatly increase their chances of success.  That thing is nutrition, and this article will show how a little change such as one’s diet can make all the difference between sobriety and life-long addiction. Continue reading

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5 Things That Can Aid In Success with Addiction Treatment

addiction treatmentThe effects of drug addiction can reach further than an individual’s own mental and physical health.  Their drug use can also affect their production at work and therefore their employer and coworkers, and it can certainly affect their family at home.  While it is true that some individuals who use drugs are aware that their life is different with drugs or may be better without drugs, it is also true that few individuals are aware of the extent that drugs have affected their life. Even more alarming is the fact that few individuals know exactly how to fight addiction, and win. Continue reading

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Local Food Pantry Does More than Stop Addiction

elevated crimeNarconon Arrowhead may be one of the most successful drug rehabilitation facilities in the country, but it does far more than help individuals resolve their problems with drug and alcohol addiction.  Narconon Arrowhead also participates in many community service activities throughout the year, one of which is their annual food pantry drive, now in its seventh year.  Continue reading

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