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|

How Codependency is Related to Addiction

Codependency is a term that's often used in the mental health profession and among people who work with addicts. However, as it's not an officially recognized disorder or mental illness, it isn't listed in guidebooks such as the DSM (there is a listing for Dependent Personality Disorder, but that isn't [...]

2018-04-09T20:27:32+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Addiction|

Why Do Criminal Addicts Constantly Relapse?

Addiction in the criminal justice system has been studied for decades leaving some of the brightest minds in the field banging their proverbial heads on the wall in frustration. Addicts are some of the most difficult people to motivate and work with and then add the criminal justice system element [...]

2018-04-01T02:20:35+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Addiction|

How Does Addiction Disrupt and Destroy Families?

Addiction is known as a family disease that can disrupt and sadly, destroy the nuclear family unit. Substance abuse and alcoholism are the results of a multi-dimensional problem often including genetic, environmental, physical, mental and emotional issues. The relationship between the family and the addict can be understood in the [...]

2018-02-26T16:42:06+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Addiction|