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September 22, 2017

Many different options exist in drug rehab treatment including a residential treatment programme, behavioural therapy and alternative therapies including work with horses. Learn why equine therapy is beneficial for people seeking help with addiction.

 

September 21, 2017

Gambling can be fun and relaxing. However, for some people gambling can become an addiction. Of all addictions and dependencies, excessive gambling has one of the highest rates of suicide. Gambling addiction can also cause an array of physical and mental health problems.

September 20, 2017

If your friend or family member has gone into treatment for a drug or alcohol problem, you’re probably quite happy and relieved. It can be heartbreaking to watch a loved one struggle with addiction and all the misery it brings.

September 20, 2017

We get the invitation: A co-worker is retiring, and there’s a send off at the local restaurant/bar. Or, an old friend is flying in from out of town, and the gang is planning a welcome-home party. Though we know there’ll be alcohol or drugs at these gatherings, we’re sure we won’t be tempted to partake.

When we get there, we’re greeted by laughter and booze. Everyone is having a great time, and we find ourselves loosening up. “Just one drink couldn’t hurt,” we think. Just one line. Just one hit. Just one.

September 18, 2017

Human beings are pleasure-seeking creatures: We chase after food, drink, and activities that make us feel good, and we seek to repeat that behavior. While this pleasure-seeking behavior is at the core of our evolutionary survival, it can also threaten our very existence when it runs amok. Such is the case with drug or alcohol addiction.

September 18, 2017

Addiction is classified as a medical disease, just as asthma and diabetes are diseases. However, society has long treated addiction in a much more negative light than other diseases. Even when conditions such as cancer and hypertension result from habits like smoking cigarettes or eating a salt-rich diet, we treat the disease without judging the patient. Not so with addiction: Society often views addicts and alcoholics with disdain, blaming them for not having the strength or the willpower to quit.

September 18, 2017

Vitamins are extremely important for safe alcohol withdrawal. Thiamine is just one of the vitamins in which many alcoholics are deficient. Even former drinkers should get their thiamine levels tested.

 

September 18, 2017

Despite its popularity as a “club drug” and the belief that it is a safe drug, Ecstasy or MDMA is addictive, and individuals who use this drug can experience severe withdrawal symptoms that are akin to the symptoms of withdrawal from heroin or methamphetamines. Ecstasy is a psychoactive central nervous system stimulant. When a user stops taking ecstasy can result in severe flu-like symptoms, including aches and pains, gastric distress, drowsiness, lethargy, and soreness.

September 12, 2017

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character, Sherlock Holmes, was an unabashed cocaine addict. Historians have long speculated about Doyle’s own experiences with cocaine, but the evidence on that point remains inconclusive. Doyle may not have been an addict himself, but history is replete with famous authors whose drug use ranged from dabbling in addictive substances, to full-blown addiction.

September 11, 2017

At its essence, multiple personality disorder, or “MPD”, is a coping mechanism. An individual who is embarrassed or uncomfortable with some element of his being might dissociate that element into a box or pocket that remains separate from the rest of his life. Sex addicts, for example, frequently distinguish their predilections from their regular day-to-day existences in order to rationalize their regular lives without feeling shame or guilt over their pursuits of taboo activities.