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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…)

By |April 26th, 2018|Addiction

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. (more…)

By |April 25th, 2018|Addiction
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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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By |February 2nd, 2018|Addiction, Drug Abuse
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    The Dangerous Combination of Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

The Dangerous Combination of Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

A lot of people that struggle with drug addiction feel like their lives are spiraling out of control. In order to regain a sense of stability, some people try to manipulate the parts of their lives that they can control, or they turn to what makes them feel most comfortable in the moment. The desire to feel in control or to engage in a comforting activity sometimes manifests itself in an eating disorder, in which people eat in extremely unhealthy patterns. These disorders rarely give patients any sense of relief from their problems, but they frequently intensify any feelings of powerlessness. Since using drugs and eating food in specific ways only offer temporary relief to someone’s underlying issues, and since both problems can be life-threatening if left untreated, it’s essential for people with both conditions to seek out professional help immediately.
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By |February 5th, 2017|Addiction, Drug Abuse

How the Stigma of Addiction Interferes with Rehab

Many Americans struggle with addiction every year. SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that over 22 million Americans aged 12 and older, or 8.5 percent of this population, had struggled with either substance abuse or dependence. Substance abuse and dependence are both distinct from substance addiction, but the three often go together, and millions of people who abuse drugs become addicted to them. But while millions of people struggle with substance abuse, dependence and addiction, only a small percentage actually seek out professional help. (more…)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Addiction, Treatment

Persistence and Its Importance in Overcoming Addiction

When a person decides to get professional help with an addiction, he may be unsure of what to expect during rehabilitation and recovery. Most people know that addiction treatment can last for extended periods of time, but what they may not realize is how difficult it can be at times to continue treatment. In these situations, and even later on when a person has entered the long-term recovery phase of managing his addiction, it is necessary for the person to develop and exhibit persistence. This will greatly increase his likelihood of staying sober long-term.
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Mental Health Conditions and Process Addictions

Millions of Americans struggle with mental health conditions. Fortunately, most of these conditions can be treated effectively with the help of therapy and medication. When a person with a mental health condition also suffers from a process addiction, his situation becomes a little more complicated, but still completely treatable. Since mental health conditions and process addictions can interact with each other in negative ways, it’s important for a person struggling with both conditions to seek out professional help tailored for co-occurring disorders. This professional assistance can help those with these conditions achieve healthier and happier lives.
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What Are Narcotics and Why Are They Addictive?

Thousands of varieties of drugs, both legal and illegal, are available for use. All drugs affect a user’s body in some way, but their exact effects depend in large part on their particular chemical components. Most drugs are classified according to specific categories, such as hallucinogens, stimulants and depressants. Narcotics are a type of drug that have the potential to be addictive. Because of their addictive potential, this type of drug should only be used according to a doctor’s specific prescription. Any other type of use is considered abuse and can lead to addiction and other possibly life-threatening conditions.
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    How to Handle the Surprise of Discovering a Loved One’s Addiction

How to Handle the Surprise of Discovering a Loved One’s Addiction

Finding out that a loved one is struggling with an addiction can be difficult. The person with the addiction may have gone to great lengths to conceal their problem from those around them, and may have successfully hidden the addiction for several weeks, months or years. When the person’s family and friends discover the addiction, they may feel overwhelmed, scared, confused and unsure about what to do. In this situation, it’s important to create and follow a specific plan in order to help the loved one as quickly and effectively as possible.

Millions of people struggle with addiction. Because society has portrayed addiction as a problem that only weak-willed, lazy and selfish people have, many addiction sufferers try to hide their troubles from those around them. This can be dangerous for the addict because it can put her life and wellbeing in danger and prevent her from getting the help that she needs.
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By |February 28th, 2016|Addiction
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    Differences Between Drug Side Effects and Addiction Symptoms

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Differences Between Drug Side Effects and Addiction Symptoms

Many drugs, whether legal or illegal, have side effects. These are unpleasant, unintended and sometimes dangerous effects that occur in addition to the desired effects of the drug. When a person uses drugs, she may experience several different types of side effects, even if she uses the recommended dosage. Because some drugs’ side effects can be similar to symptoms of addiction, it’s important to recognize the differences between the two.
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By |February 19th, 2016|Addiction, Drug Abuse