Drug Addiction Signs

Is your drug use spinning out of control? Is your loved one more than a casual drug user? Drug addiction can grasp someone slowly or suddenly. Recognizing drug addiction signs early will make the road back to normalcy easier. Different drugs have different effects, signs of abuse, and signs of withdrawal. However, the symptoms and […]

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Healthcare Professionals with Addictions

A healthcare professional can become addicted to drugs or alcohol just as easily as anyone else. Pharmacists, nurses, doctors, veterinarians, and others in the healthcare field have easier access to addicting substances and the stresses and pressures of their professions make them susceptible to abusing them and other substances. Professional enabling, denial, and ease of […]

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Why won’t you Just Quit? Drug Addiction

  As a person’s drug or alcohol use develops into a full blown addiction, finances, relationships, health, and social obligations break down. Life becomes chaos. Loved ones intervene, imploring the addict to “just quit.” Unfortunately, it is too late to just quit. The body has become chemically dependent, or addicted, to drugs or alcohol. Abstinence […]

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Finding Peace within the Chaos of Addiction

The chaos of addiction can feel like you’re being swept down a river and unable to control where you’re going. Even the smallest of problems can seem like raging rapids. Perhaps you believe you’re in control of where the river is going. Or maybe you’re unwilling to admit that chemical dependency leaves you gasping for […]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that occurs when someone witnesses or experiences a traumatic event. In the midst of a traumatic or dangerous situation, our body responds in a variety of ways that we do not have control over. This includes releasing chemicals to help us contend with what is happening […]

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Your Personal Inventory

As the philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Conducting a personal inventory can be a useful way to acknowledge what you have been through, and help you plan your happy, healthy life. Reflecting on the past can be very hard and bring up memories you wish […]

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If my parent has an addiction, will I have one too?

It’s natural to wonder if you will become an addict if you were raised by someone with a substance abuse problem. Genetic and environmental factors do predispose individuals to addiction, but they do not determine your fate. Children of addicts should be more thoughtful about their relationship to drugs and alcohol. Vigilance can prevent the […]

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Understanding the Disease of Addiction

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines disease, from the French root “des,” without, and “ease,” as a condition of the living animal or plant body or one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms. Modern science now looks upon substance abuse and chemical dependence as a disease as well […]

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