Relapse is one of the most tragic, and frustratingly common aspects of the addiction recovery process. For the vast majority of those trying to quit drinking or using drugs, the question is not if they will relapse, but when – and how will they respond. And as heartbreaking as it is to...
Those with drug addiction history know it can be very difficult to maintain friendships, keep stable jobs or succeed while dealing with addiction. Often the person manages to lose everything he or she values in life. As addiction takes over, every other area of life deteriorates. Another...
Becoming addicted to prescription drugs is a real danger for many people. Those with a personal and family history of drug addiction have a higher risk of addiction when they use habit-forming drugs. Understanding the difference between tolerance, dependence and addiction can help you...
Since the death of acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February, a nationwide spotlight has been placed upon heroin addiction and its growing popularity. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, rates of heroin abuse in the US have increased significantly, as...
Reactive attachment disorder in children is often caused by neglect or abuse. Parents who are struggling with addiction may have difficulty dedicating the time and effort necessary to provide a loving and nurturing environment for their children. Addiction leads to an obsession with...
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the authoritative guide for mental health professionals, and its fifth edition (DSM-5) in 2013 debuted a significant change. The new manual renamed “pathological gambling” as “gambling...
According to their website the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) seeks “to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range...
Reward deficiency syndrome (RDS) includes the following disorders: Addictive behaviors Alcoholism Compulsive disorders Abusing multiple substances Obesity Impulsive disorders ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) Personality disorders Conduct disorders Antisocial...
Temazepam, also known as Restoril, is typically prescribed to counter insomnia. There is a growing concern with prescription drug addiction, and there is a great potential for Restoril abuse for prescription and illicit users alike. Many people believe it is safe to abuse prescription...
Drug use occurs in every area of the country, and rural areas are no different. Those who live in rural areas are not traditionally thought to have issues with substance abuse. While many people associate addiction and drug abuse with urban or inner city communities, drug abuse is on the...
Throughout addiction treatment, recovering addicts are likely to learn that relapse is part of the process of getting sober. Not everyone who recovers from substance abuse will relapse, but many will. To help navigate this potential setback, most recovering users stay busy and continue...
Changes brought by a new job might bring excitement or worry, but the transition also means new challenges for an individual in recovery. Factors That Lead to Relapse Several situations can contribute to relapse, including difficulty resisting peer pressure to use drugs or alcohol as well...