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 […]

Creativity in Addiction

Creativity in Addiction | Are Addicts More Creative?

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Although we’ve become fairly confident that there are genetic causes of addiction, we’re also certain that there are a number of genes that could possibly make an individual more susceptible to addiction. A more likely scenario is that in addition to genetic factors, addiction is the confluence of other contributors as well, including those that […]

The Pro's of Recovery

The Pros of Recovery: Recovery is the Beginning, Not the End

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When an individual begins to experiment with substance abuse, it’s common for him or her to become seduced by a lifestyle of overindulgence and excess. Intoxication is appealing because it seems to enhance even the most mundane experiences. Instead of going to work sober, wouldn’t it be better and more fun to go to work […]

addiction kills

Addiction Kills (In More Ways Than One)

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Addiction is classified as a chronic relapsing disease that most directly affects the brain. Due to the chemical, structural, and functional changes that occur in the brain as a result of substance abuse, addiction causes a number of profound changes for addicts. These changes include, but are not limited to, such effects as declining health, […]

The Myth of the 27 Club

The Myth of the 27 Club & Six Celebrities Who Are In It

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Image Source: Sam Winder There most likely aren’t many stories that could be considered “addiction lore,” but the 27 Club could be considered one of them. For almost a century now, countless starry-eyed ingenues have packed up and moved to sunny California with the hope of becoming a famous movie star or a musician. However, […]

Holistic Treatment

What is Holistic Drug Addiction Treatment?

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Individuals who become addicted to alcohol and drugs learn from experience the number of profound ways that addiction affects a person’s life. Substance abuse disorders, as well as many types of behavioral addiction, render a person completely changed, robbing them of their potential and their aspirations, depleting their mental and physical health, and resulting in […]

How Alcoholics Should Stop Drinking

Alcohol Detox: Dangerous & Deadly

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Addiction to alcohol—called alcoholism—is considered one of the most severe addictions a person can develop. As such, recovery from alcoholism and abstaining from the consumption of alcohol is considered extremely difficult, making intensive treatment virtually a necessity for alcoholics who want to break free from the chains of alcohol addiction. While there are effective treatments […]

How to Break the Cycle of Addiction

Are You a “Chronic Relapser”?

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Substance abuse is a slippery slope. Whether one’s drug of choice is alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or one of the numerous other mind-altering substances, recreational abuse can very easily and quickly become something uncontrollable, the compulsive need to consume more and more. What’s more, when an individual becomes physically and mentally dependent on a substance, […]