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Autism and Cyber Addiction

Cyber addiction, also known as internet addiction disorder (IAD), computer addiction and online addiction, is actually an umbrella term for several subsets of computer-based behaviors, including the following: Cybersex– This disorder is characterized by compulsive use of Internet pornography, adult chat rooms or adult fantasy role-play sites. Cyber relationships – This disorder is characterized by addiction to...

Schizoid Personality Disorder and Addiction

According to the Mayo Clinic schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is a condition that causes people to avoid social activities and shy away from interaction with others. People may think of these people as loners and think they cannot form personal relationships. People with SPD have difficulty showing emotion, which is interpreted as them being selfish, but people with SPD actually feel extremely sensitive and...

Internalized Homophobia and Addiction

Addiction is often fueled by underlying emotional distress or anxiety. Sexual identity issues are a common cause of this type of angst. Individuals who wrestle with their own sexual identity may self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, but they are not alone. It is possible that individuals with deeply internalized homophobia may also self-medicate through substance abuse. Homophobia and Anxiety Sexual identity issues...

How Negative Feelings about Sexual Orientation Contribute to Drug Abuse

Anxiety, depression, anger, and insecurity are all common triggers of substance abuse. Individuals experiencing negative emotions associated with their sexual orientation are at increased risk of becoming addicted to drugs. Specific steps can be taken to reduce this risk and to bring emotional healing and peace of mind. Emotional Pain and Addiction Drugs and alcohol cause spikes of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine...

How a New Job Can Trigger a Relapse

Men and women in the process of recovering from addiction must always be aware of the risk of relapse and be mindful of the circumstances that can increase their risk of returning to drugs or alcohol. An important part of the recovery journey is preparation for life after rehab. Major life changes, such as a change in employments, can put recovering addicts at an increased risk of relapse when they don’t even...

Drug Abuse and Body Image Issues in Adult Women

It may seem that body image issues are a problem limited to teenage girls, but adult women often struggle with serious emotional and psychological pain related to their shape and weight. Some may be dealing with lingering issues connected to sexual abuse when they were younger. Others struggle to accept the effects of aging. Many turn to overeating as a means of self-medicating the underlying anxiety they feel about...

DBT and Dependent Personality Disorder

The tools of behavior change taught through dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are effective for a variety of disorders, including the high level of emotional neediness experienced by people with dependent personality disorder (DPD). Understanding Dependent Personality Disorder Individuals with dependent personality disorder have a strong reliance on others. The disorder is diagnosed through a psychological...

Chemical Dependency in the Creative Arts

Every profession has its challenges but when an artist struggles with substance abuse, there are some unique factors to consider. Creative Arts and Addiction People involved in the arts begin at the same risk for addiction as anyone else, but certain pressures in the artistic community can make an artist more susceptible to addiction. People in the creative arts often have unpredictable work hours and changing work...

Avoidant Personality Disorder and Addiction

Avoidant personality disorder is a complex mental health issue that results in feelings of inadequacy, shyness and extreme sensitivity to rejection of any kind. Addiction often enters into the picture as a result of the overwhelming emotional turmoil that individuals feel. If you display avoidant personality traits, then you likely know all too well how much of a struggle daily life can be. You may find yourself...

Am I Overly Dependent on Alcohol?

Alcohol addiction develops slowly, often just outside of the addict’s awareness. In many cases, the alcoholic is the last to recognize that he or she has a problem. Realization is always the first step in the recovery process, but the psychological power of the disease often blinds people to symptoms that their friends and loved ones see easily. Addiction is basically a condition in which a person cannot stop...

Dealing with Chronic Pain in Recovery

Chronic pain means pain lasts for weeks, months or even years. It can derive from a past or ongoing injury or illness, but some people develop this problem for what seems to be no reason. Chronic pain can affect every aspect of an individual’s life, from relationships job performance and lifestyle, to sleeping habits, physical and mental health and identity. It cause not only physical anguish, but also major...

Am I Experiencing Drug Cravings?

Cravings aren’t just for drugs. Anything that stimulates the brain’s reward pathway causes a surge in dopamine, a natural chemical that makes us feel good. Food, sex and spending time with loved ones all spike dopamine, but not nearly as much as drugs. Drugs cause powerful psychological cravings because they cause an unnaturally high jump in dopamine, which is why people feel so good when they use them....

What If I Don’t Want to Stop Using Drugs?

When deciding whether or not to quit drugs, it is natural to feel some resistance to the idea. Drug abuse may have been your way of life for years; and even if quitting is for the better, there are some aspects of recovery that will be difficult to deal with at first. Getting over your drug addiction may seem scary, but it will make your life better. You will be able to be a better friend and a positive influence to...

Dealing with Hepatitis and Addiction

When you have been diagnosed with an addiction-related illness, there is no time like the present to get treatment. An ideal treatment for those living with both addiction and hepatitis is drug and alcohol rehab. The Symptoms of Hepatitis Your liver has an important job: it helps to break down the drugs and alcohol that pass through your system. In some people, the process is simply less effective, which can result...

Self-Defeating Behaviors and Recovery

Recovering from addiction is a complicated process that involves both physiological and psychological changes. While physical dependency to drugs or alcohol usually runs its course after a few days of detox and withdrawal, the mental and emotional effects of addiction can last for years. Some people will struggle with this aspect of addiction for the rest of their lives. But, with the right help and thorough rehab...

How Mental Health Symptoms Interfere with Addiction Recovery

For someone seeking addiction help, it might prove challenging to face down her addiction if she isn’t allowed to deal with her mental health concerns. In order to get the addiction help that addicts need, they also need to reach out for mental health help to ensure every problem is treated. Symptoms of Mental Health Problems TV commercials would have you believe that there is a magic pill for everything,...

How Children Suffer from a Parent’s Addiction

Young children that live with an addicted parent may not realize that their friends or neighbors don’t live in the same type of home. At that age, children are so centered on themselves that they may only realize that their needs and wants are often neglected. Some young children know that they must respond to their own needs and wants, while others become belligerent and demanding, some become reserved and shy,...

How Does Addiction Begin?

There are many causes of addiction; there is no simple answer for what causes it. With social, economic, genetic, and environmental factors all playing a role, understanding how addiction begins is something that people to examine multiple layers. Genetic Causes of Addiction There are numerous studies that suggest a genetic link in addiction: if you have a parent or grandparent with an addiction, you have a higher...

Addiction and Discrimination

While awareness of various types of addiction has increased over the past decade, many people still struggle with understanding addiction, the toll it has taken on their lives, the importance of seeking rehab and the ongoing effort of living a life free from addiction. About Addiction and Commonly Abused Substances Addiction is a disease that is characterized by the compulsive need to abuse a substance. The...

Violence and Addiction

Violence and addiction are tragically and permanently interwoven. While drug and alcohol abuse are often portrayed as elements of a party lifestyle, they are much more closely connected with death and destruction. Another result of drug abuse and addiction is the often-deadly drug trade that has grown to support it. Addiction and Interpersonal Violence Intoxication directly affects the same part of the brain that...

Effects of Addiction

The  effects of addiction will vary. They will depend on the individual addict, the types of drugs being used and the severity of the addiction. An individual who has developed a very serious drug dependency will likely have more severe effects than someone who is at the beginning stages of their addiction. It is very important to encourage anyone who is addicted to drugs to get help. Contact us today for...

Drug Addiction Symptoms

A person who is addicted to drugs will exhibit certain symptoms. Though some symptoms or signs might be unique to the individual, most are pretty universal. Common drug addiction symptoms include a lack of control, preoccupation with drug use, physical deterioration, physical withdrawal symptoms, financial problems and relationship breakdowns. Signs of Drug Addiction If you suspect that someone you love may be...

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