Alcohol has been a part of human society for thousands of years, as has alcohol abuse and addiction. Drinking releases dopamine into the brain, which gives people a sense of euphoria and comfort that reduces both physical and emotional pain. However, the body develops a tolerance for...
Receiving a trauma diagnosis can feel either overwhelming or relieving. A person with this condition will need support to process the traumatic event and to avoid developing complications due to unresolved feelings. Mild cases of trauma can heal without the need of much additional help;...
You are entitled to a certain amount of privacy in the workplace and your employer is not allowed to terminate your employment due to past addiction or the treatment of addiction. If you have recently completed rehab for chemical dependence there are limits as to what your employer can...
Food fuels the body. Although it seems obvious that the type and quantity of food someone eats are directly connected to health and wellness, many people greatly underestimate the importance of diet to addiction recovery. The truth is that a healthy diet can be one of the most critical...
Opiate addiction is a devastating psychological and physiological disease that requires comprehensive, multi-faceted treatment that utilizes the latest techniques and tools if people are to accomplish recovery. While opiate addiction recovery is certainly possible, it is a challenging...
It is very common for people in addiction recovery communities to talk about codependency. This is a behavioral syndrome caused by proximity to the addiction or mental health disorders of a loved one. The manifestations of codependency include clinginess, constant justification and...
When someone is battling addiction, nothing may be more important to her than to recover. In other words, addicts are often well aware of their need to stop abusing drugs, reach sobriety, atone for the damage they caused and to function in their families once again. However, being aware...
Addiction recovery has been the goal of many people who decide to improve their lives and achieve sobriety, but sometimes the idea of life without addictive substances is foreign to people who don’t have a clear view of what recovery involves. Some addicts who begin recovery overlook...
Most people’s only exposure to a drug or alcohol overdose has come through a dramatization on film or television. In actuality an overdose can range from barely detectable to shockingly dramatic. Recognizing the symptoms of overdose and knowing how to respond might mean the difference...
One of the most troubling and problematic aspects of addiction is the way it prevents a person from recognizing that he or she has become addicted. Most addicts are the last to realize that they have a problem. Friends, family members and co-workers often see the signs long before the...
When your child struggles with addiction, the family whole suffers. The addict fights a battle that may scar her physically, emotionally and psychologically; friends and family get wounded, too, as they may struggle with fear, anxiety and hopelessness. However, although you cannot force...
As exciting as the holidays are, winter also brings along short, gray and cold days that can have a detrimental effect on your mental health. People often refer to the lowered state of mood during winter as the winter blues, but if symptoms persist as winter continues, you may be...