Category: addictive behavior

Addiction and Grief

Addiction and Grief

Grief encompasses a person’s response to loss. Usually grief is thought of as a response to death, but people also grieve the loss of possessions, hopes that never materialized, or pretty much anything else that is lost – including an …

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Women & Alcohol Abuse

Women and Alcohol

Women differ from men in many ways, and the way that they metabolize alcohol is no exception.  When we drink alcohol the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase breaks down alcohol in our bodies.  Alcohol is toxic to the body and it compromises …

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Meeting Of Support Group for Recovery

Community Meetings

Social support in early recovery has been proven to be a huge help in a transition from a life of addiction to a life of recovery. Bonds with other people in recovery can help bolster confidence and conviction that a …

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DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and it developed as an offshoot from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It was originally created for people who were suicidal and diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, but since then it has been found to …

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Medical Marijuana

When physicians choose to prescribe most medications they do so based on the overall clinical picture of the patient. If a patient has diabetes, for example, they will be evaluated for an appropriate medication such as Metformin or Insulin. Not …

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There Are No Addicts

One can easily argue that this country’s drug problem is as bad today as it’s ever been. The number of Americans with a diagnosable Substance Use Disorder (SUDs) now exceeds 24 million. As the opiate scourge continues to spread, the …

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Frustration Tolerance

Frustration tolerance is generally defined as one’s ability to manage discomfort.  If a person has low frustration tolerance, they may be more at risk for developing and maintaining addictive behaviors.  This is because substances and other addictive behaviors can be …

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Substances, Emotions, and Relapse

Despite the numerous negative consequences people continue to engage in addictive behaviors. They drink and take pills even when they have problems with their families, friends, employers, probably even with their pets. So why would such damaging behavior continue? The …

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Addiction and Personality

In the Process of Addiction it is Easy to Lose Yourself

In the process of addiction it is easy to lose yourself – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. So a question that comes to mind is, in the process of recovery, how do you create a life worth living after feeling …

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The Brain Afflicted with Autism Shares Some Similarity with the Addicted Brain

Autism represents one of the more devastating neuropsychiatric disorders. The disease cripples the brain early in its development, profoundly limiting a child’s ability to engage in relationships and to learn. Children with autism struggle mightily to adapt to even the …

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