Behavioral Addictions

Domestic Violence and Addiction

Nearly 80 % of reported domestic violence crimes involve drugs and alcohol. That is a large percentage. Domestic violence is a broad term for a lot of different types of behaviors and actions. This affects both men and women. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Domestic violence does not always constitute physical violence- it can encompass various other types of harm to overpower an individual and keep them in fear of the other. On a …

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Common Addictions: Are You Addicted?

Addiction is an extremely broad term. You can be addicted to a variety of substances, behaviors, and activities. Some addictions can be understood easier than others, but in the end, it is still an addiction. How do you feel about your habits?           You can be addicted to almost anything. The more commonly heard about addictions include drugs and alcohol. Substances such as booze, heroin, cocaine, prescription medications, meth, or crack. These drugs and alcohol take over the brain and body and you are left with a compulsive need to continue using. An addict will continue using no matter what the …

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Overdose Prevention

The most current numbers from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) show that in 2018 almost 69,000 Americans fatally overdosed.  An estimated 47,590 involved opioids, and 31,897 involved synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and tramadol. These numbers are out of control. Drugs and drug use has changed in recent years. The amount of overdoses is back on the rise. The number of fatal overdoses has more than tripled since 1990. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/index.html An overdose is when the human body receives too much of a substance or mixture of substances. Different drugs can cause different effects in the body. Opioids …

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

There are correlations between mental health and addiction, however it is important to know one does not directly cause the other. There is a link between the two because of how they play off of each other. When you do have a substance abuse problem and suffer from a mental health disorder, such as depression, it is called a dual-diagnosis. Suffering from both disorders if ignored and left untreated is dangerous. Early detection with mental health problems can help issues later in life especially with addiction. There are warning signs that family and friends should look out for. Drastic changes …

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What Are the Most Dangerous Antidepressants and Alcohol Combinations?

For those who may not be familiar with the term polydrug use, it involves using two or more psychoactive drugs in conjunction with one another to achieve a desired high, and it is a practice commonly seen in those who abuse alcohol. This form of drug abuse can have devastating consequences and should be avoided at all costs. To further illustrate this point, in 2011, more than half of all alcohol-related hospital emergency room visits involved the use of illicit and prescription-based drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). While combining any drug with alcohol is dangerous, …

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Chronic Pain Sufferers Overlooked in the Opioid Crisis

Opioids have proven very useful for treatment of acute pain and are increasingly used for chronic pain patients. During the last 25 years, opioids have been a first choice prescription plan for chronic pain conditions of all kinds, for people of all ages and backgrounds. It hasn’t been until the last decade that doctors and specialists have recognized the correlation between opioid abuse and chronic pain sufferers. In the late nineties and even early 2000’s, it was stereotyped that those who struggled with drug addiction were not patients that were given these medications by a doctor, but “less than” members …

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Dealing with Fear in Sobriety

It’s easy to see that we exist in a world where every individual our there is unique in their own methodology. We are all alike yet so different. Genetically parallel but still dissimilar. This causes much confusion and misunderstanding as we travel down the road of life. However, it also causes so much joy and appreciation.     We all love and hate in different capacities. We like and dislike specific things that our neighbor may not. We process it all differently. Along with this processing, all people have varying levels of being frightened. Sometimes fear is the appropriate response, but …

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Tiger Woods: Conquering Golf and Alcoholic Thinking

When it comes to certain sports, there are specific greats in the game that we all think of. Whether they are/aren’t your favorites, these are individuals that are just well known players highlighted for their accomplishments throughout their careers. Take for example, for many, basketball rings with the name Jordan or James in the background. Boxing makes us think of Muhammed Ali or Mike Tyson sometimes. Soccer threw Beckham into spotlight, amongst many other well known ball handlers. So when golf gets mentioned, undoubtedly most of us think of Tiger Woods.       Conquering Golf Without question, Tiger Woods is one …

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Can You Detox From Opiates At Home?

“What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable”, said a brilliant woman by the name Gladys Hunt. Her depiction of what home has the potential to be is enlightening. For most of us, home is where we hang our …

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How HIPAA Protects Those Going Into Treatment

Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Geisel, was a children’s author who often wrote in rhyming couplets to convey his message. In a story named ‘The Lorax’ he writes about a character that annals the predicament of the environment in a manner that “speaks for the trees”. In a poetic rhythm confronting the Once-ler, the Lorax elaborates upon the environmental degradation of the planet and how change is obligatory for their future. In doing so, the Lorax stressly explains “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better-it’s not”. Now these are absolutely wise …

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