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The Different Challenges of Quitting Alcohol Versus Drugs

Different substances result in different challenges when it comes to stopping drug or alcohol addiction The struggle against drug and alcohol addiction is as individual as the substances themselves. Each addicted person has a different journey to take, and that journey is impacted by a variety of factors. An individual’s genetic make-up, family or personal history of addiction, age of first use, size and emotional...

How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

Insomnia is a strong indication of drug or alcohol withdrawal Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction can help you or a loved one get the treatment necessary to return to a healthy life. Addiction is a brain disease causing a person to continue drug-seeking behaviors in spite of negative consequences. Recovery from addiction requires time spent in rehab. Rehab can be done on an outpatient or...

Are Process Addictions Medically Recognized?

Gambling addiction is a commonly recognized process addiction Process addictions are serious mental health conditions but are often left undetected and untreated. Most people are unfamiliar with these types of addictions or simply do not perceive them as being serious. In fact, many media channels, such as television shows and movies, even use sex addiction and other process addictions as the basis for jokes....

What Are the Criteria for Alcoholism?

Persistent strong cravings and urges to consume alcohol are a sign of alcoholism The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated that 52% of Americans aged 12 or older are current alcohol drinkers, and 23% engaged in binge drinking in the past 30 days. Another 7% also reported binge drinking on at least five days in the past 30, which helps explain why alcohol is a $60 billion a year industry, per...

Autism and Process Addictions

Autism can lead to process addictions such as eating disorders Autism is one of the most common psychological disorders in the country today, with most recent reports showing that one in 68 children will be diagnosed with it. While there is an entire spectrum of types of autism (along with symptoms), some of the most common symptoms of autism include trouble with communication (such as not speaking, speaking too...

What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

Zohydro is 10 times more powerful than hydrocodone In the fall of 2013, federal regulators in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of prescription Zohydro. To illustrate how dangerous the drug is, state officials are already looking to ban the sale of it after it has been on the market for a handful of months. So, what is Zohydro, and why is it so dangerous? The word “powerful” does not do...

Has Digital Media Affected Process Addictions?

Digital media can affect process addictions When people think of an addiction, many immediately think of a drug abuse problem or alcoholism. While these types of addictions still remain the most common, there are other types of addiction out there, including process addictions. Process addictions, also known as behavioral addictions, are addictions where individuals feel a compulsive need and desire to engage in...

The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

Abusing Multiple Depressants Depressants are some of the most commonly abused substances in the world. They include alcohol, heroin, barbiturates, GHB, benzodiazepines, inhalants and even marijuana.  In many cases, people abuse more than just one of these substances at any given moment, which often increases the odds of dangerous side effects or consequences. However, even abusing one depressant can prove to be...

The Changing Views About Drug Addiction Over the Past Century

Changing Views About Drug Addiction Humans have sought mental relief and euphoria through the use of mind-altering substances for thousands of years. The early Egyptians drank wine, and marijuana was recommended by physicians in China as early as 2737 B.C. However, the active substances in drugs were not extracted until the 19th century A.D. Initially, these substances were not regulated or controlled, and the...

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

Thousands of business professionals and family members caring for loved ones travel by air every year in the United States and worldwide. This constant schedule of work and travel can take a toll on sleep. Many frequent travelers experience jet lag, the condition when the body craves sleep on the natural time schedule of everyday life. Traveling through time zones and working long hours can result in chronic jet...

How Pathological Stress Affects Addiction

Stress is the body’s natural response to problems, because it encourages the body’s protective ‘fight or flight’ response. Acute and occasional causes of stress are usually positive and can motivate people, but overwhelming and chronic stress can zap someone’s coping abilities. When stress exceeds someone’s ability to cope, she has pathological stress that she will want to relieve through any means...

Do Behavioral Addictions Exist?

Research shows some people feel a high from risky sex or competitive gambling that is similar to a chemical high from drugs or alcohol. Scientists continue to study the connection, but long-term studies reveal many behaviors are just as addictive as drugs or alcohol. What is a Behavioral Addiction? A behavioral addiction, sometimes known as a process addiction, describes a person’s compulsive need to act out a...

Imovane (Zopiclone) Abuse Risks

Regardless of how you began abusing a sleeping pill, the most step to take after you realize your condition is how to handle it. Zopiclone is one such sleeping pill that is incredibly addictive, especially if you lack medical supervision while using it. You risk many health problems if you abuse this drug, so get help to get clean and to begin recovering. Causes of Sleeping Pill Addiction Many people who become...

OCD and Addiction

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects people differently, but all individuals with OCD are at a higher risk for developing an addiction. The severity of OCD can range from barely noticeable to an inability to maintain a normal life due to actions and impulses. It can be hard for some OCD sufferers to face the fact that what they might consider to be quirks are actually serious obsessive compulsive tendencies...

Medical Professionals with Secret Addictions

Working in the medical profession can be incredibly strenuous, both mentally and physically. This combined with the often all-too-easy access to prescription medications can lead to a secret addiction that is tough to admit or fight. Those who are in the medical profession may feel reluctant to reach out for drug addiction treatment; however, it is very important that they do get the help that they need so that they...

What Are the Dangers of Addiction?

When a person has been in active addiction for some time, it can be easy to forget just how dangerous addiction is. Become aware of the dangers of addiction and learn just how serious this problem is for you and your family. We can help you overcome these dangers and live a life free from the dangerous emotional rollercoaster of addiction. What Prescription Drug Addictions are Dangerous? If taken incorrectly, all...