Addiction

Understanding Addiction: A Non-Addict’s Viewpoint vs. An Addict’s Reality

Understanding Addiction: A Non-Addict’s Viewpoint vs. An Addict’s Reality

Despite the widespread education and awareness programs nationwide, many people still believe addiction is an issue of “mind over matter.” They don’t know and don’t want to know what addiction feels like. Naturally, some non-addicts hold themselves up as superior because they’ve managed to avoid drug or alcohol abuse. But, they need to know that given the right substance under…

What Exactly is the Opioid Crisis?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard that the United States is suffering from an opioid crisis.  What is the opioid crisis?  This crisis involves more than two million Americans, who have become addicted to pills either through prescriptions or illegal sales. What are Opioids? The word “opioid” derives from “opium.”  They are drugs that…

Alcohol Addiction and the Muscular System

Alcohol Addiction and the Muscular System

Alcohol is cunning, baffling and powerful. Research has found that drinking excessive quantities of alcohol affects the body in many ways. For those who have a beer after work or one cocktail at a party, there is no need to worry; the amount of alcohol you are consuming is not going to damage your body. But, for those who start…

Why There is No Right Way to Ask for Help for Addiction

Why There is No Right Way to Ask for Help for Addiction

Addiction is a cruel and unforgiving master.  To achieve a state of true addiction, one usually ends up burning many bridges and losing the trust of dear friends and family.  That being said, there can come the point when an addicted person realizes that enough is enough and it is time to get help.  So with the trusted bridges half…

The Consequences of Addictive Thinking Patterns

The Consequences of Addictive Thinking Patterns

Most of your thoughts and beliefs are based on prior experiences and your conclusions about what has happened. Thought patterns start early in life. Many of your views reflect messages from parents, siblings, peers, teachers and other influential people in your life. Addictive thinking patterns are, in fact, distorted thoughts. Your thoughts may be either rational or distorted. Sensible or realistic…

What You Need to Know About Meth Abuse and its Dangers

What You Need to Know About Meth Abuse and its Dangers

Meth abuse in the United States is gaining popularity once again. It may pay us to refresh our memories about the many dangers of this drug. Methamphetamine floods the brain’s limbic system with up to 10 times the body’s maximum level of dopamine, drowning the brain in pleasure and euphoria. Norepinephrine cascades through the mind, inducing alertness and anti-fatigue. Ingesting…

Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

The abuse of prescription drugs is so prevalent in our society that it would not be an exaggeration to refer to it as an epidemic. Adverse results of prescription substance abuse are seen in every social, economic, racial and national group in the country. Prescription drug abuse knows no age limit. This fact can be considered by the report published…

How Can We Fight the Epidemic of Painkiller Addiction?

How Can We Fight the Epidemic of Painkiller Addiction?

All types of addiction can be hugely problematic, especially when they become a mainstream issue for society. People usually associate addiction with alcohol or hard drugs, but prescription medication can be just as addictive. Reports suggest that the problem of painkiller addiction has reached the level of an epidemic in the United States. People taking prescription painkillers has tripled over…