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For example, addiction in a slightly outdated Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a quick entry with a definition that includes 12 words.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

407, 2019

Core Services

There are several core services you can expect when you enter an addiction recovery and rehabilitation clinic. Let’s look over these briefly, so you know what options are available to you and why they are recommended.


Using the disease model, addictions are often defined as a disease that is in an early, middle or late stage. […]

2706, 2019

Helping A Recovering Addict – Some Guidelines

How do you help someone stay the course in recovery, either by staying in rehab or following through on their recovery plan? Sometimes you can’t. That’s just the way it is. Furthermore, being engaged in someone else’s recovery is very tricky. You need strong boundaries, clear expectations and lots of time for trust to return.


Meanwhile, […]

1906, 2019

Men in Recovery

Men and women face very similar battles when recovering from addictions, but there are critical differences, as well. In this blog, we’ll look at some men-specific issues. While men and woman both turn to addictive substances to relieve a variety of traumatic experiences, by the time men get to rehab, they face some gender-specific issues.


1306, 2019

Common Triggers Recovering Addicts Face

Addicts in early recovery face a seemingly endless list of triggers because the memories of drug and alcohol use are recent and familiar. As time goes by, the list of triggers that could send an addict into relapse begins to recede.


Still, some of those triggers are extremely persistent. I recall back when I was a […]

406, 2019

Addiction and Brain Chemistry

Addictions, it could be said, are all about finding something pleasurable and seeking to continue with that sense of pleasure even when it becomes self-destructive physically, financially, emotionally, mentally, socially, even spiritually.


In years past, when little was known about brain chemistry and genetics, it was thought that people with addictions were simply making bad choices […]

3005, 2019

12 Step Groups

The 12-Step addiction recovery process is one that millions of people with addiction issues over the years have credited with helping them recover from an addiction. The program has such an impact on recovering addicts that it has developed its own cult-like reputation, especially among those who don’t know it first hand. It is safe […]

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