Addiction is often viewed as a physical dependence on a given drug or behavior, but this definition is somewhat misleading. Addiction is the use of any substance or behavior that is mood altering, regardless of any negative or adverse results. Addiction can involve physical dependence,...
Society often looks down on people who behave in ways that are outside the norm. For example, someone who frequently interrupts others may be viewed as inconsiderate, and someone who constantly rearranges objects may be viewed as strange. However, actions like these may actually indicate...
Mental health and personality disorders are numerous and varied. Examples include depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline, antisocial and panic attacks. Medical professionals treat mental health conditions using medications, therapies and lifestyle changes that help reduce symptoms,...
Addiction recovery involves more than a few weeks in rehab: to improve the chances of a lasting recovery, users must learn a series of skills to encourage healing and self-control. One of these skills is interpersonal communication. Interpersonal Communication and Addiction Communication...
Although addiction is still unfortunately stigmatized in some communities, perceptions are evolving and knowledge about the benefits of treatment is increasing. As of last year drug treatment admissions had increased 18% (Addiction Today, “Aftercare: A Fundamental Tenet in Attaining...
Addicts are often the last people to recognize that they need help. They will refuse to acknowledge their problem, downplay their loved one’s concerns, and deny the need for treatment. It is only natural for loved ones to questions whether or not they can send the addict to drug rehab...
When others are urging you to seek addiction treatment, it is easy to want to find excuses to say no. Addicts often deny the treatment they need because they believe their addiction is only minor and is not a real concern. However, there is no such thing as a minor addiction. An addiction...
Depression is a mental health disorder that affects mood, motivation, behavior and thought patterns. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website lists the symptoms as persistent sadness, anxiety, guilt, hopelessness, fatigue, energy loss and emptiness. Depression is also a common...
Eating disorders are some of the most common and dangerous mental health conditions in the world, and while mostly women struggle with them, men are also at risk for developing them. Along with an eating disorder comes a number of psychological and physical issues; for example, people are...
Subutex is a form of buprenorphine, a semi-synthetic opioid that is prescribed to treat opiate addictions. It is viewed as an advance over methadone, because it is not as addictive. Another significant benefit of Subutex is that it can be prescribed in a doctor’s office, which means...
Substance abuse can cause a variety of effects on a person, depending on the drug that is taken. Painkillers and other opioids cause extreme relaxation and euphoria. Tranquilizers or sedatives often produce similar results. Stimulants create the opposite effect, making users feel surges...
When people talk about addiction, they often focus on the period of time where someone abused drugs, and then spent time in rehab. Very rarely do people focus on life after rehab, even though treatment professionals and recovering users view it as being the most challenging (yet...