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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Experiencing something upsetting can lead to grief, which is broken up into five stages. Each stage can be excruciating, as it forces people to battle a painful situation. Many grieving people turn to alcohol to solve their problems, but this often creates a new batch of issues that...
The holiday season often creates an enormous amount of stress. People typically have many friends and family to buy gifts for, and they must make the rounds of numerous holiday parties with relatives. The pace can be exhausting, especially if you have children to take with you everywhere...
There are many forms of trauma, such as rape, sexual abuse, neglect, natural disasters, war, accidents, terrorism, death of a loved one, terminal illness, being a victim of or witnessing a crime, abject poverty, domestic violence and more. Witnessing or experiencing trauma is horrific, so...
Chemical dependency in the creative arts has been so common throughout history that the idea of the “addicted artist” has almost become a cliché. Some of that image has been caused by creative types who have become addicted to drugs and alcohol and have talked about it through their...
Although there are strong physical components to addiction, its real power lies in the way it alters a person’s psychological health. Many aspects of human behavior are controlled by the brain in subconscious ways. Emotional responses, appetite, impulse control and even memory are all...
Breakthrough pain comes on suddenly and is unmanageable through normal methods of treatment. This kind of pain has a few different causes, all leading to a person having problems feeling relief. Types of Breakthrough Pain Breakthrough pain develops through any of the following...