Addiction

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 […]

2105, 2019

Internet Gaming

What substance or behavior springs to mind when you think of the word “addiction?”

Is it heroin? Tobacco? Cocaine? Gambling?

What about Internet Gaming?

 

Internet gaming is the type of addiction that tests your definition of addictions. Does addiction have to cause symptoms of physical withdrawal when you stop using or abusing the substance or behavior? Or is […]

1605, 2019

Relaxation

Nobody can avoid stress forever. As human beings, anxiety comes with the territory. That’s a fact of life. We can react to stress in various ways. Our bodies invoke a “fight or flight” response that harkens back to our earliest years on the planet. Animals also exhibit “fight or flight” responses when provoked.

Some clinicians call […]

1405, 2019

Excuses for Leaving Rehab

Few people ever say recovering from an addiction is easy. On the other hand, if often feels that just as things are turning around, just when a loved one is finally getting somewhere in recovery, everything unravels. These sudden lapses into bad decisions seem to come out of nowhere. Things were going so great! What […]

705, 2019

What Does It Mean To Be Codependent?

Codependency is a term used to describe a relationship that has become entangled and dysfunctional due to the presence of an addiction. There are many manifestations of codependency, but it is generally considered a condition associated with the non-addicted person in the relationship.

 
First Things First
 

This is not technically true. If one person in a relationship […]

105, 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 […]

2504, 2019

Thoughts About The Disease Model for Addictions

The first person or people who described addiction as a disease, more than likely, never heard the end of it.

 
Thanks, But No Thanks
 

I imagine people for the rest of their lives ran up to them and confronted them with profound thanks for the life-saving explanation of addiction and for its forgiving stance on what it […]

1604, 2019

Early Recovery

There is no question that addiction recovery is hard work and that most of the relapses back into addictions occurs during the first year or recovery. What, then, can a recovering addict expect in the early stages of breaking free from their old lives? What can they expect in the first year and what can […]

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