Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Drug Addiction Help

Can You Be Mentally Addicted to a Substance Without Physical Dependence?

As drugs like marijuana become legal, people are asking more and more about mental and psychological addiction. Many drugs seem not to cause physical addiction, as regular use of cocaine, LCD and other substances does not result in the shaking, shivering and flu-like symptoms associated with opiate or alcohol withdrawal. As a result, people are even more skeptical about psychological addiction than... [Read more]

Veterans and Addiction Treatment

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., prescription drug abuse among U.S. military personnel doubled between 2002 and 2005 and nearly tripled between 2005 and 2008. The ongoing presence of the U.S. Military in conflicts around the world has resulted in an increase of prescription drug use to combat anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic... [Read more]

Differentiating Depression from Sadness

Many people misunderstand the difference between sadness and depression. People use the term “depressed” as a substitute for sadness, so countless people confuse the two conditions. As a result, many people believe they are depressed when they are not, and vice versa. What Is Depression? While some depressed people are sad, clinical depression is actually a condition that causes emotional numbness.... [Read more]

Why Do Many People in Recovery Work in the Treatment Field?

Many recovering addicts work in the treatment field as addiction counselors, monitors at sober houses and etc. Recovering addicts have several opportunities to enter the treatment field, no matter what field they originated from or studied prior to recovery. Since addiction is a brain disease, people from all walks of life struggle with it, so having a diverse staff from various walks of life can benefit... [Read more]

Why You Can’t Treat Just One Half of a Dual Diagnosis

Most addicts suffer from at least one underlying mental health disorder that they medicate with drugs or alcohol. Dual Diagnosis treatment simultaneously treats both the addiction and any of the following co-occurring disorders: Depression Bipolar disorder Process addiction (compulsive gambling, sex, eating, self-harm and etc.) Posttraumatic stress disorder Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder Self-esteem... [Read more]