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 […]

1605, 2019


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 […]

3101, 2019

Substance Abuse in Adolescence

Substance use is a serious public and personal health issue. It becomes even more serious if adolescents are the patients as it contributes to major medical, psychological, and legal consequences later in life. There are a number of approaches to effectively handle this high-risk population.

Statistics from 2015 show that nearly half of U.S. high school […]

2401, 2019

Substance Abuse in Rural Areas

Substance abuse is a prevalent public health issue in rural areas. Rural adults are reported to have higher rates of substance abuse, which includes tobacco, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription drugs.

It is an especially difficult problem to treat in rural areas due to limited healthcare resources available for prevention, treatment, and recovery. There are many factors […]

1601, 2019

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Addiction Recovery

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an approach that allows individuals to achieve a deeper awareness of themselves, their unconscious desires, motivations, and conflicts. This insight provides the individual with a choice to disrupt negative behavior (such as substance abuse) and change his/her lifestyle into a healthy one. Of course, one might choose not to put the gained […]

3110, 2018

Schizophrenia in Children

Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder that manifests with strange or bizarre thinking, sight or sound perceptions, bland emotion and dissociation from reality. There Is a generic component but it is triggered by environmental factors, such as drug use and stress. Children who experience psychosis often can’t tell if something is real or not real. It […]

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