family and addiction

Addiction: Tearing Families Apart

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Although addiction affects everyone differently, the factors that contribute to the development of addiction remain the same. For some, a genetic predisposition renders them particularly susceptible to addiction, more likely due to a confluence of biological factors to become an addict once they experiment with an addictive behavior. There are also environmental factors that can […]

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Do Addiction Interventions Work?

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When most people think of addicts, the image that comes to mind is often someone who’s lost almost everything, who’s fallen into financial disrepair, lost their job and possibly even their home, who looks emaciated and unhealthy, and who’s turned to a life of crime in order to sustain their substance abuse habit. Unfortunately, there’s […]

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Orlando Theme Parks and Drug Rings, Oh My!

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Many kids all across the country—even around the world—share a dream of experiencing the renowned theme parks in Orlando, Florida. Commonly referred to as the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando is home to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Disney’s Epcot and Magic Kingdom, Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Orlando, and somewhat lesser-known parks like Aquatica Orlando […]

How Injecting is on the Rise

What is Steroid Addiction? | How Injecting is on the Rise

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It seems that as drug trends have continued to evolve over time, each decade has brought waves of new addictions or seen the reemergence of old ones. More than a hundred years ago, opium was all the rage, especially in Europe where even society’s elite could be found indulging in one of several opium houses […]

The Reality of Bath Salts in Florida

Sun, Sand, and Cannibalism: Bath Salts in Florida

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By nature, alcohol and drugs are dangerous. When a person ingests large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time, he or she is at risk of alcohol poisoning, which can lead to coma and even death. Then there is the wide variety of drugs on the streets today, any of which can make […]

Rock Bottom for an Addict

Rock Bottom: Knowing When to Stop Digging

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Addiction is a non-discriminating disease of the brain. Individuals of any age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level can develop and suffer from a substance abuse disorder. As a potentially fatal affliction, addiction doesn’t care about an individual’s aspirations and goals, whether they have a family to care for or whether they’re the CEO of a Fortune […]

The Myth of the Functioning Alcoholic

The Myth of the Functioning Alcoholic

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Addiction is a cumulative phenomenon that occurs when an individual continues a regular pattern of substance abuse over a period of time, becoming physically and even psychologically dependent in the process. We now understand addiction to be a chronic relapsing disease of the brain in which those who suffer from it are left unable to […]

Facing the Heroin Epidemic

Opioid Replacement Therapy: Good or Bad?

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Although all drugs come with a certain risk of addiction, there are some found to be especially addictive compared to others. Among the most addictive substances are alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and heroin. Due to the severity of addiction that stems most notably from opiates like heroin, the opioid epidemic has […]

Am I an Addict

Am I an Addict?

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Nobody is born an addict. In fact, there are a number of people who socially drink alcohol or, in places where it’s now legal, smoke marijuana, but aren’t addicts. Recreational enjoyment of certain substances doesn’t definitively equate to a substance abuse disorder and addiction. What’s more, nobody who experiments with mind-altering substances—such as alcohol, marijuana, […]

Celebrate Recovery

Recovery Program Profile: What is Celebrate Recovery?

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As a chronic relapsing disease of the brain, addiction has a profound effect on many aspects of one’s health and life. Often beginning with recreational substance abuse, addiction develops as the individual becomes physically and even mentally dependent on his or her substance or substances of choice. It’s been found that most mind-altering substances that […]