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...
Greater understanding of addiction is needed, especially when it comes to misconceptions surrounding drug overdose. The international community, including organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization, wants to put an end to overdose stigmas and to use...
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...
Avoiding relapse and maintaining sobriety is a considerably challenging part of addiction recovery. After all, as difficult as it is to go through detox, this process is usually conducted in the secure, supportive environment of rehab, in which it is impossible to obtain or use drugs....
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...
There is a close, and often tragic, relationship between overdose and relapse. Many celebrity overdoses following rehab have been covered by the media. What is it about the recovery process and relapse that increases the chances of overdose? What Is an Overdose? Technically speaking, an...
Post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) are issues that arise after detox that cause cravings for drugs or alcohol, no matter how well or quickly recovery is going. PAWS create a major setback in recovery because they heavily influence or trigger old drug abuse habits. Without professional...
Just like any other invasive surgery, dental surgery and the pain that can come with it can produce a strong urge to begin self-medication as a means of pain management. Dentists have been seeing a rise in patients who are developing a narcotic addiction as a result of their dental pain...
Prescription drug addiction affects countless people each year. Most of these individuals never set out to get high; they simply fill a legitimate prescription for some malady, but when the time comes to stop using the drug, they cannot quit. Some lie to their doctors about losing...