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1209, 2019

Addictions Feel Lonely – But You Are Not Alone

The media certainly influences how we think. So, what is the overall meta-message concerning celebrity addicts? The message is very mixed. If you didn’t know any better, given the number of celebrity-oriented publications, it would seem that being famous is a common reason people become alcoholics or drug addicts.


Of course, the pressures of fame could […]

309, 2019

The Shame/Addiction Cycle

Shame is an almost universal emotion for addicts, given the many possibilities of their lives not turning out as well as they expected and the behaviors that go along with addictions. Many addicts are forced to steal in order to support their habit, but even those that don’t live part of their lives in secrecy, […]

3008, 2019

Hiding from Yourself

A quick glance at the occupations in the United States that have the highest risk of alcoholism tells us a lot. It tells us that there are certain stresses in life that tend to push people closer to addictions. But it also tells us that stress is pretty much universal.

Anxiety – the manifestation of stress […]

2208, 2019

Austin Eubanks

Fifteen people died at Columbine High School in a school shooting on April 29, 1999: Two shooters, 12 students, and one teacher. In May of 2019, the incident claimed another victim: Austin Eubanks, 37, who was found dead in his home after struggling for years to combat opioid addiction, which began with prescriptions given to […]

1208, 2019

Chronic Depression and Substance Abuse

It is a well-established fact that there is a strong connection between substance use and mental health disorders. This is a bidirectional relationship where each feeds off or predisposes to the other. When a person is found to suffer from both, the substance abuse disorder and mental illness, it is known as a dual diagnosis […]

808, 2019

Coping with the Challenges of Recovery

Quitting the habit that you are addicted to is just the first step of the recovery process. It’s not easy but that battle has just begun and there are several other steps that will need to be taken for a lasting and full recovery. In essence, the goal of the recovery process is creating a […]

3007, 2019

How to Know when You are an Addict of a Non-Substance Activity

What is addiction? And when do you know that your habit has become an addiction?

It is true that there is nothing pathological about indulging and enjoying something. Engaging in pleasurable activity is not wrong in and of itself, but there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed, beyond which the activity becomes an addiction.


People sometimes […]

2607, 2019


Self-awareness sounds like a phrase that would fit right into the 1960s mindset. Is this another offshoot of the old do-your-own-thing generation?


Self-awareness, in fact, as a clinical theory, is often traced to the breakthrough study on the subject done by psychology researchers Thomas Shelley Duval and Robert Wicklund, which was published in 1972. This opened […]

1807, 2019

The Gambler’s Fallacy

A global study on drugs, alcohol and tobacco use found that consumption of alcohol and use of tobacco were by far the most threatening addiction problems faced around the world in terms of risk to health and chance of death. The one-two punch of alcohol and tobacco cost the world population more than a quarter […]

907, 2019

Many Definitions of Addiction

The definition of addiction has gone through a curious metamorphosis in modern times. This is mostly due to the very critical and valuable ramifications included in this simple term.


For example, addiction in a slightly outdated Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a quick entry with a definition that includes 12 words. This makes it a fairly average word […]

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