November 6, 2017

Promising Trials of Ketamine

Ketamine is anaesthetic medication that was discovered in 1962. Those taking it end up in a trance-like state where they can experience memory loss, sedation, and pain relief. While this drug can be used for medical purposes, it is also been used illegally for recreational purposes. In the UK, according to an Independent article, it is estimated that 3% (two million people) suffer from depression and 158,000 people who have severe depression are resistant to treatment.

November 3, 2017

Benefits of Recovering in a Green Space

Forests, meadows, fields, flowers, and wide-open spaces serve a great purpose to our mental health compared to being cooped up inside. According to the Bureau of Labor, Americans spend 2.8 hours watching television which can increase insomnia, depression, fatigue, and isolation. The World Health Organization says the 3.3% of deaths is from lack of walking and recreational access. Being surrounded by nature, on the other hand, can make great improvements on your mental and physical health.

November 3, 2017

The 12 Steps for Gamblers

During the last forty years, thousands go to Gamblers Anonymous for those who gamble (GA) and for families of gamblers (Gam-Anon). It is important for gamblers to remember that they are not alone and that there is a sense of hope in their recovery. In order to be on the path of recovery, gamblers must follow these twelve steps.

November 1, 2017

Principles of Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sex Addicts Anonymous is for those who are addicted to unhealthy sexual behaviors. Members feel powerless against their own thoughts and urges. Despite the many failed attempts to get better and fix their lives, it was hard for them to do it alone. In Sex Addicts Anonymous, men and women come together to learn about healthy sexual behaviors and how to abstain from addictive sexual behaviors.

October 31, 2017

Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

According to the EMCDDA, 50% of people in Europe have a co-occurring disorder of drug addiction and eating disorders. This is common for those with bulimia or those who use pharmaceutical methods for controlling weight. If they have taken laxatives, diet pills and diuretics, then they are more likely to be in the habit of taking other addictive substances. What both of these addictions have in common is having a secret life and engaging in compulsive behaviors.

October 30, 2017

Five Reasons Why Psychotherapy is a Trusted Treatment for Addiction

There is evidence that says that addiction can change the chemistry of the brain. If that is the case, wanting to stop is not enough to want to live a sober life. While going cold turkey or joining a detox program can help you, it is not always for the long term. That is where psychotherapy comes in which is the interaction between a trained professional and a patient with addiction.

October 27, 2017

Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace

Having a drink or two is no longer something that should be taken lightly when at work. Unlike drugs, alcohol is not something that is universally condemned so it is easy in Europe for drinking to be hidden, not acknowledged, or not confronted when suspected. If workers continue to drink while at work, there could be serious consequences that can affect not just the company’s image but the safety of the workers impacted by their poor choices.

October 26, 2017

How Do I Know that Pain Management Has Turned into a Painkiller Dependency?

In Member States such as in Denmark, Finland, Estonia, and Northern Ireland, there are many people with painkiller addictions. Scandinavia has the highest demand in treatment for sedatives and tranquilizers. According to the World Drug Report, 11% and 70% are addicted to benzodiazepines which are used to treat anxiety. While these drugs can work wonders with treating pain, taking too much can make you feel like you cannot function normally without them.

October 25, 2017

How You Can Be an Advocate for Recovery Everyday

Being an advocate for addiction recovery, it is when you develop actions and activities to influence decision makers to grow, establish, or change policies concerning drug laws. Europe has 218 drug law advocacy groups. One of them is the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) which provides overview of drug problems and evidence to support debates. This group gives policy makers information to think of informed drug policies and strategies.

October 24, 2017

Health Threats of MDMA Abuse

MDMA is a powerful psychoactive drug that is used for recreational use. When taken, the side effects can be increased euphoria, empathy, and heightened sensations. According to the 2015 European Drug report, 37% of club-goers in Europe from ages 14-35 have used MDMA. The 1980s was the beginning of the recreational use which was associated with popular house/rave and techno music that started in Chicago and then made its way to Europe during the Second Summer of Love era in the UK in 1988.

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