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...
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...
Maintaining sobriety through a painful day can be a challenge, but with the proper preparation and help there is no reason for the following types of anniversaries to derail your recovery: The day a loved one passed away The day a relationship began or ended The day you lost your job The...
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...
A direct connection exists between alcohol abuse and anger management. Many people find that when they drink they become prone to abusing people verbally or physically, because alcohol can affect people powerfully. Unfortunately, the psychological power of alcoholism blinds drinkers to...
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...
The psychological power of chemical dependence will often cause an addict to think of any reason to avoid treatment. In some cases addicts claim that it is a bad time to miss work or school. Some addicts use financial concerns as an excuse to postpone rehab. Still yet, some worry that an...
Although finding a job after recovering from addiction may seem daunting, many rehab centers offer career counseling to simplify this process. Career counseling teaches recovering addicts how to act during interviews and how to grow more confident in their ability to secure employment. In...