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Signs and Symptoms of Work Addiction

Work addiction is a process addiction. A process addiction is an addiction to certain behaviors or processes that alter mood and brain chemistry. The term addiction encompasses any recurring compulsion or obsession by an individual despite negative consequences in their life and an inability to cease the activity and end it permanently. It becomes a problem when there is no balance and boundaries are weak. As with drug and alcohol addiction, usually a bottom has to be reached before the individual will realize there is a problem especially when someone who overworks is much more rewarded by society than a heroin addict. A work addiction type is actually a manifestation of any number of underlying emotional and psychological issues. (more…)

April 26th, 2018|Addiction

What to Know About Working in Recovery

In 2012, 2.5 million people completed treatment for a drug or alcohol abuse problem. It took a lot of people to rehabilitate these individuals and prepare them for life in sobriety. Who are these people and what do they do? How can you become one of them? You might be surprised to find many of them have actually walked in the same shoes as the addicts they treat.

Many addicts are inspired to tell their stories to others in hopes that it will have an impact or help them in some way. For some though, this isn’t enough; they want to do more. Many addicts are out of work before they even enter treatment. In 2006, 33.2 percent of people admitted to treatment reported being out of work; that figure increased to 41.6 percent by 2011. While unemployment can be a real concern for a lot of recovering substance abusers, the addiction treatment field is frequently looking for those who have firsthand experience with addiction and the compassion that comes with that experience. If you find yourself searching for the right career path or in need of a strong purpose in life, treating other addicts might […]

April 26th, 2018|Uncategorized

Gaming Addiction

Video games are among the most profitable and widespread forms of entertainment. Most games offer an escape from reality and allow the player to experience new and impossible experiences.

As the ubiquity of video games increases, more and more of the population is exposed. Unfortunately, this may result in the development of a video game addiction. Video game addiction is a relatively new problem that is overlooked by modern medicine, but may be as dangerous as other, more illicit, addictions.

What Is Gaming Addiction?

Simply playing a video game once in a while does not constitute a gaming addiction. Rather a gaming addiction is an obsession with playing video games. Most gaming addicts start playing in elementary and middle school, Kansas State University explains. As the addict ages, he or she graduates from simple games to more elaborate games. These elaborate games often take hours or days to complete. Addiction occurs when the video game playing is used as the main method to improve mood.

Abuse of video games is associated with a decrease in work or school output, disruptions in personal relationships, and the need to play games in order to feel good.

Gaming addiction is not present in […]

April 25th, 2018|Addiction

PTSD, EMDR & CBT

Closeup of young man's eyeCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) have been found to be equally effective forms of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

CBT works by attempting to change the way a trauma victim feels and acts by changing the patterns of thinking and the behavior responsible for negative emotions. CBT has been proven to be an effective treatment for PTSD and is currently considered the standard of care for PTSD by the US Department of Defense. In CBT, individuals learn to identify thoughts that make them feel afraid or upset and to replace those thoughts with less distressing ones. The goal is to understand how certain thoughts cause PTSD-related stress. Recent research on EMDR and CBT suggests that they may produce results comparable to some older and more commonly used therapies.

Exposure Therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Exposure therapy is a type of CBT that involves assisting trauma survivors to re-experience distressing trauma-related memories and reminders. This re-experiencing helps patients emotionally process the traumatic memory through imagined confrontation with memories and real-life exposure to […]

April 24th, 2018|Treatment

Pros and Cons of Decriminalizing Drug Addiction

As several US states have recently decided to legalize medical or even recreational marijuana and moves are afoot to decriminalize drug addiction in general, many people are considering the impact these changes might have on individuals, communities and our culture in general. From favorable comparisons to the end of prohibition on one side to dire warnings of rampant addiction on the other, discerning the true pros and cons of these changes can be quite challenging.

What Does Decriminalization Really Mean?

Decriminalization is not the same as legalization. In Portugal, for instance, virtually all drug use was decriminalized in 2001. That does not, however, mean that drug use is legal. The distribution and sale of controlled substances is still a criminal offense in Portugal, but possession and use of drugs is handled as a public health problem and not criminal activity. Cases of substance abuse and addiction are handled by counselors, psychologists and social workers instead of police and prison wardens. While there may be certain substances, such as marijuana, that would be made truly legal in some cases, the decriminalization of drugs does not mean that users could get high in public and buy and sell chemicals […]

April 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized

Substance Abuse Treatment Options

People and their problems are complex. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there are various rehabilitation program types, styles and treatment philosophies. What works for one person may not be as effective for another person. Part of that relates to the relatively new concepts of holistic treatment. Those concepts take into account other mental and physical ailments that need to be addressed and treated in order for rehabilitation to be successful not just in the present but also over the long term.

For example, successful rehab for alcoholism may require treating Dual Diagnosis conditions, such as addiction that occurs alongside depression or another mental health disorder. Treatment philosophies can differ between rehabilitation programs, with some stressing cognitive therapies over pharmaceutical treatments, whereas others may weight their treatment plans more towards behavioral modification in highly structured circumstances. Some rehab programs utilize multiple approaches, adjusting the balance and focus of these approaches as treatment progresses.

Types of Rehab Programs

While rehabilitation programs are typically thought of in relation to substance abuse, there are other types of rehab programs as well. Sometimes courts order rehabilitation for some types of offenders, including those who may need assistance in reintegrating into society. These sorts of […]

April 23rd, 2018|Treatment

Tough Love Intervention Approach

In a stereotypical family, parents provide their children with unconditional and overwhelming love. Parents accept their children just as they are, and provide those children with a safe place to land if they make mistakes. The door is always open to the child, no matter what that child may do. While this method might work well for parents of young children, parents of teens often discover that unconditional love can seem like an open invitation to drug use and alcoholism.

When stressed parents head online to search for advice, they may find that their parenting style is blamed for these addictions. As just one example, a study from Demos compared parenting styles in thousands of families, and then determined the likelihood of alcohol addiction among the children. Researchers found that children of parents who performed so-called “tough love” parenting produced children who were unlikely to develop problems with alcohol. Parents at the other end of the spectrum were 30 percent more likely to produce children with alcohol problems. In short, a soft parenting approach led to addiction in kids.

Some intervention specialists take this idea one step further. Instead of encouraging parents and families to […]

April 23rd, 2018|Intervention

How to Get into Rehab in 24 Hours

How to Get into Rehab in 24 HoursAn addiction crisis will not get better without help. Substance abuse and substance dependence are serious issues for both health and emotional wellbeing. If you or someone you love needs rehab care, we can connect you with treatment options and help you get there now.

How to Find Addiction Rehabilitation

Not every addiction rehab program is alike. The quality of rehab can vary greatly from one treatment center to the next. You want to choose wisely, because the quality of your rehab program and counseling professionals can really impact your outcome. The following are factors that you want to consider:

  • Does the rehab program specialize in my area of need?
  • Does the rehab program offer a medically supervised detox?
  • Does the rehab accept my insurance and will they work with my insurance company on my behalf?
  • Is the rehab facility licensed and in good standing with licensing agencies?
  • Does the rehab program offer comfortable accommodations and nutritious and healthy meals?
  • Does the rehab offer continuing care after treatment such as […]
April 23rd, 2018|Treatment
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    FAQs: Answering Your Biggest Questions About the Opioid Epidemic

FAQs: Answering Your Biggest Questions About the Opioid Epidemic

Here’s a riddle for you: What is killing more Americans each year than either car accidents or firearms? The answer is opioids.

Although opioid addiction is a prominent talking point in all corners of the country, there are still many people who have a number of questions and misconceptions about this deadly class of drug. For instance, some are uncertain of what actually characterizes an opioid and how to differentiate an opioid from other types of painkillers or mind-altering substances. Then there are those who find the term “opioid epidemic” to be confusing and misleading. While there are constantly new reports about the dismaying status of the crisis, there are few resources that address even the most basic questions that a number of people have.
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February 2nd, 2018|Addiction, Drug Abuse
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    How has the ‘Quick Fix’ Mentality Made Us Vulnerable to Addiction?

How has the ‘Quick Fix’ Mentality Made Us Vulnerable to Addiction?

By Dane O’Leary

Life has become more fast-paced than ever before. We’re constantly looking for ways to squeeze just a bit more time out of the day, whether it means juggling far too many simultaneous tasks at work, inserting lots of superfluous adjectives to achieve the required length for a college term paper, or driving way too fast on those morning and evening commutes. This compulsion to do things faster and make things easier actually puts us under more stress, making us feel an even greater need to condense our schedules by utilizing any shortcuts available to us.

Whether it’s to save time or energy, living our lives in fast-forward mode has had a momentous effect on our psychology, resulting in what we might call a “quick-fix mentality.” While there have been parallels drawn between this cognitive phenomenon and things like the increase in our average minimum stress levels,1 some have pointed out that this mindset could be contributing to addiction rates that are higher than ever and remain on the rise.

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October 10th, 2017|Mental Health, Treatment