Alcohol Abuse and Delusional Thinking

There is a close connection between the use of alcohol and the development of mental illnesses that cause delusions, even of a temporary nature. But it is also the case that those who are prone to these mental diseases are also those prone to abuse alcohol, hence exacerbating their symptoms, [...]

2018-08-13T17:29:00+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Addiction, Alcohol Addiction|

Addiction: How to Cope When your Friend is Suffering

Addiction can be a long and harrowing journey for everyone involved. The focus is usually on the addict and the recovery. Loved ones often fail to get the support during the ordeal. They are often physically and emotionally drained from the experience. Addiction may also last for many years, causing [...]

2018-08-10T15:38:37+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Addiction|

What Does Addiction Recovery Really Mean?

Addiction recovery is a highly subjective topic, but for the most part, people take recovery to mean abstinence from drugs and alcohol.  People In 12 step recovery talk a lot about recovery and what it looks like from that perspective, however, it is not the only perspective that matters. It's [...]

2018-07-26T14:37:16+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Addiction, Recovery|

Why We Shouldn’t Trivialize Alcohol Abuse

Approximately 88,000 Americans die every year as a result of alcohol-related conditions, far outnumbering other drugs such as heroin, cocaine and prescription drug overdoses. These figures are sometimes brushed off as inconclusive, as other drugs are perceived as more dangerous. Why is alcohol misuse still not taken seriously enough? Moderation [...]

2018-07-09T14:54:20+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Addiction, Alcohol Addiction|

Treating Addiction: Why Behavioral Therapy is Important

Whether it's alcohol, tobacco, prescription medication, or illegal drugs, addiction is a serious issue and debilitating condition. The combined healthcare costs alone amount to approximately $160 billion per year, reaching as high as $700 billion due to crime and lost productivity. Addiction to drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication affects approximately [...]

2018-05-14T20:48:27+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Addiction, Rehabilitation|

When the Addict Refuses to Get Help

What is Addiction According to the American Society of Addiction, Medicine addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Addiction is characterized by an inability to consistently abstain, imparted behavior control, subject to cravings, diminished recognition of a significant problem related to one’s behavior, [...]

2018-04-26T13:52:15+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Addiction|

Enabling the Addict or Loving the Addict to Death

You know someone suffering from addiction; you scold, you cry, you punish, you continually step in to help pay the rent, make excuses for missing school or work—the seriousness of your behavior, though motivated by love and compassion, leads the addict toward death. Does that sound harsh? If you understood [...]

2018-04-23T12:53:58+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Addiction|

Police Officers Face Unique Challenges in Addiction Treatment

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a medical problem that often causes profound shame and embarrassment. These feelings are even more intense when the individual is in law enforcement, a profession that depends on self-discipline, control and cooperative action. These individuals may be particularly reluctant to admit the depth of [...]

2018-04-19T13:56:27+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Addiction|

Work Stress and Substance Abuse

The relationship between work-related environments and substance abuse is not new. There are several models (mostly focused on work stress and alcoholism) that examine this dynamic. To begin worker substance abuse is a serious public health issue. The ramifications of substance abuse, either alcohol or other drugs, (also known as [...]

2018-04-15T03:05:49+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Addiction|