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What Might Happen If I’m Caught by Police Using Drugs

Possessing or selling drugs carries stiff penalties in the United States and around the world. Recreational drug users and those who struggle with drug addiction can face serious and long-terms consequences for using, selling or having drugs in their possession. Knowing the risks by knowing the laws related to drugs can help you or a loved one understand the high price he or she might pay for getting involved with...

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed can lead to poor choices and sometimes addiction When someone feels overwhelmed, she can often develop habits that lead to more complex issues. Feeling overwhelmed with schedules and relationships can indicate undiagnosed conditions like anxiety and depression. Learn to relax and take on one project or problem at a time to deal with overwhelming experiences. Furthermore, practice peace in your...

How Will Abusing Sedatives Affect My Depression?

Sedatives slow normal brain function to reduce anxiety, but using them for a prolonged period of time can worsen depression and lead to addiction The Mayo Clinic defines depression as a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can be divided into the following two categories: Major depression is marked by severe symptoms that interfere with someone’s ability to...

What Are the Core Elements of Trauma?

When someone suffers from trauma, her life is forever changed. The moment of the traumatic experience, or the time period in which the event took place, begins a new normal of learning to live with those changes. For some people, trauma can lead to other problems, such as drug or alcohol addiction, but, with the right balance of knowledge, treatment and support, people who endure trauma can lead happy, productive...

How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

Because of their hormones and chemical make up, men’s brain respond in unique ways to drugs The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines drug addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by drug-seeking behaviors in spite of the problems of drug use. Addiction is a disease of the brain because drugs actually change the brain over time; these changes can last a lifetime and are the...

How to Remain Sober When You Can’t Avoid Exposure to Alcohol

The support of friends and family members through alcohol-free gatherings and sobriety partners can help you stay clean Recovery from alcohol addiction is a life-long journey, as it takes a commitment to each day of sober living. However, when a recovering alcoholic encounters alcohol, then staying true to that commitment can be challenging. An important part of the recovery process is learning to remain sober when...

The Difference Between Oxycodone and Other Painkillers

Oxycodone is different from other opiates in that it is used for extended pain relief The Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland at College Park defines oxycodone as a semi-synthetic opiate. The drug is manufactured by modifying thebaine, the organic substance found in opium. Oxycodone changes the way the body perceives pain as it binds to opioid receptors in the brain, so it reduces how...

How to Shield My Child from Addicted Family Members

Children with drug addicts in their families have increased risks for emotional problems When children are exposed to addiction, they have an increased risk for emotional problems. Depression, acting out and extreme mood swings can all result from witnessing addiction, and children are especially vulnerable to these risks due to their lack of experience and their trust in adults. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles...

Can Post-partum Depression Lead to Addiction?

Post-partum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth Post-partum depression is a type of mental illness that affects women after giving birth. Many women who suffer with post-partum depression often try to hide their symptoms from loved ones and friends. This can lead to drug abuse, and in some cases, addiction. It is important to remember that post-partum depression is a treatable...

PTSD and Medical Emergencies

Many people develop PTSD after a medical emergency Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that causes many problems. Besides the usual symptoms and effects of the disorder, it can have an important role during and after a medical emergency; furthermore, it can cause an emergency in itself, or it might lead people to abuse drugs or alcohol to cope with their pain. On the other hand, if...

How Important Is It to Recognize Your Risk Factors for Mental Health Conditions?

Mental health conditions are diseases of the mind caused by chemical imbalances If you or a loved one has a family history of mental illness, it is important to know your risk of developing mental health symptoms and what they are. Mental health conditions are diseases of the mind caused by chemical imbalances. These diseases require treatment with both counseling and medication, and understanding your risk factors...

Can an Acute Injury Cause Addiction?

Acute injuries can cause significant disruptions in a person’s life for a short period of time An acute injury is defined as an injury that results from the sudden onset of a trauma. Most people will experience an acute injury at some point in their lives. Some acute injuries, such as a mild sprain of your ankle when slipping off a curb can be treated by basic first aid at home. Icing the ankle, keeping it...

What Happens When You Mix Depressants and Opiates?

Mixing drugs is a dangerous practice that can lead to severe consequences such as a fatal overdose. Drug abuse is one of the most dangerous behaviors a person can engage in. A person who is abusing addictive substances does not have to wait long to see how losing control over substance use results in decreasing health, broken relationships, harmful side effects, and even arrests and fines for illegal possession of...

Medical Conditions that can be caused by Alcoholism

It’s no secret that chronic alcohol consumption can cause serious health issues It’s no secret that chronic alcohol consumption, or alcoholism, can cause serious health issues, which include cirrhosis of the liver and the miscellaneous injuries sustained by a vehicle accident. However, these are not the only issues associated with alcoholism. Numerous hours of research has linked chronic alcohol consumption to...

Is There Such a Thing as Drug-Induced Stoicism?

Stoicism is the endurance of pain, suffering or difficult circumstances without showing emotion Stoicism describes the endurance of pain, suffering or difficult circumstances without showing any emotion. While it is a philosophy that many people can support, it can also make or break addiction treatment. People who are stoic and detached from emotion can be harder to reach than those who know the damage that their...

7 Signs that You’re Enabling an Addict

Depression is a common symptom for both addicts and their loved ones Addiction is a psychological disease that affects not only the addict, but also nearly everyone in his or her life. The concept of “codependency” has been developed to express the various emotional, relational and social patterns that emerge around addicts and their loved ones. If left unchecked, many codependent habits cause bystanders to...

Non-Military Causes of PTSD

Domestic violence often results in PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a potentially debilitating physiological and psychological disorder caused by exposure to traumatic events. While the most commonly understood examples of PTSD are usually soldiers experiencing extreme violence, danger, or death in the field of battle, there are actually many different ways that a person can be traumatized. Millions of...

Telltale Signs of a Functional Addict

Denial is a telltale sign of a functional addict Many times, the media portrays addicts as pale and thin, with dark circles under their eyes and track marks showing on their arms. While this might characterize some addicts, many more addicts hide their substance abuse well. Some could even be called functional addicts. A functional addict is a person who can hide or ignore his substance abuse for many years and...

Can Substance Abuse Cause Delusions?

Substance abuse may cause delusions Delusions are false beliefs based on incorrect or misunderstood perceptions or experiences. Delusions can be sometimes difficult to differentiate from a strongly held idea or opinion, but a delusional individual holds to his or her belief despite clear proof or evidence to the contrary. Delusional thinking often falls into one of the following themes: Erotomania – An...

How Grief Affects Mental Health

Grief and Mental Health Grief is an emotion that naturally occurs in response to a loss of any kind. Most people associate grief with the death of a loved one or a pet. However, it may also occur in response to situations like divorce, the loss of a job, or the diagnosis of a chronic illness. Regardless of the cause of a person’s grief, the associated emotions are often very distressing. Some people experience...

How Does the Internet Affect Process Addiction?

Process addictions are incredibly common, and the side effects of these addictions can be life altering in a number of different ways. The most common types of process addictions include sex addiction, gambling, and eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge and purge). Those who suffer from these types of process addictions face a number of challenges that can continually trigger their addiction, even if they have...

Substance-Induced Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes people to experience extreme shifts in mood, energy and behavior. Bipolar disorder causes chemical imbalances in the brain that trigger these intense shifts. Many people who live with bipolar disorder struggle to maintain healthy relationships or financial stability. Long episodes of depression interrupted by episodes of mania, a...

Hypochondria and Substance Abuse

Hypochondria (or hypochondriasis) is a condition that causes people to worry excessively about their physical health and serious illnesses. It is also referred to as health anxiety, and as such is related to anxiety disorders. Many people dismiss or downplay hypochondria, but people with this disease feel real pain and suffer from debilitating fear. In fact, in 2010 Psychology Today’s website published the article...

Despair and Drug Addiction

Emotional health has a strong influence on each individual’s susceptibility to drug abuse. Long-term anxiety and depression are two mental health conditions that greatly contribute to the addiction epidemic. Work stress, feelings of inconsequence, rocky relationships, and other factors that wear a person down emotionally over time can cause these conditions to become more severe. However, despair, which is often...

Depression, Dementia, and Addiction

Both depression and dementia are two of the most common illnesses amongst the elderly population, as they can both be caused either by negative life experiences, side effects of other medications, and more. It is not uncommon for an elderly individual to have both depression and dementia, as both disorders often feed into one another. As the symptoms of these illnesses begin running rampant, many elderly individuals...

Will Moving Help Me End My Addiction?

People may wish to relocate during addiction recovery to avoid people, places and problems that promote relapse. This is especially true if the recovering addict lives with family members who hinder recovery. Family members may be addicts themselves or discourage recovery attempts. Unhealthy family relationships can also underlie addictive behavior. Family stress, relationship issues, abusive situations and other...

The Relationship between Unsafe Home Environments and Addiction

Children require safety, nurturing and attention to thrive both physically and emotionally. From infancy through their college years, young people instinctively crave security. As much as they might say that they wish their parents would leave them alone, the truth is that knowing that they are protected and valuable are essential if they are ever to become healthy, functional adults. In other words, inattentive or...

How PTSD Can Cause Physical Pain Symptoms

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a cruel condition that can result after trauma. People with this condition may feel as though they are being punished with reliving traumatic moments, but also because they may feel pain as a result of the disorder. To address both the disorder and pain, patients need professional treatment to ensure that they recover. Connection between PTSD and Physical Pain The connection...

Emotional Consequences of Sexual Abuse

Unwanted sexual activity can deeply impact victims emotionally. Not only is this type of experience highly traumatic, but it can also leave deep emotional scars. Those who have survived sexual abuse often find that the emotional consequences of their experience are long lasting and just as traumatic as the incident itself. Emotional Consequences of Sexual Abuse Immediate reactions to sexual abuse include shock, fear...

Can Alcohol Cause Personality Disorders?

Both alcoholism and personality disorders are serious problems. Since many people who have one problem also suffer from the other, having one problem is a good reason to be extra vigilant about the presence or development of the other. The relationship between alcoholism and personality disorders, however, is complex. Cause and Effect Alcohol is not thought of as a cause of personality disorders. Psychologists are...

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