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

Newer games offer online interaction, and newer video games are a far cry from the games of the 1980s. Now games are richer through the talents of programmers, graphic designers, special effects professionals, and even their own musical scores. All of these additions could make gaming a very tempting escape from normal life.

If you only picture teenage boys when you think of gaming, think again. Video gaming is a common part of modern life. Recent statistics show:

  • Approximately 64% of all U.S. households own a video game device that is separate from a computer or phone that also provides games.
  • An estimated 55% of gamers are men, while up to 45% of gamers are women.
  • Gaming impacts people of all ages. The average age of male video game players is 32, while the average female game player is 36. These average ages are calculated on a wide age range.
  • In 2017, people in the United States spend over $36 billion dollars on video games.1

With numbers like these, it is easy to see why gaming addiction […]

By |October 25th, 2018|Addiction

The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor in Addiction Counseling

By Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

When Norman Cousins suffered from a debilitating illness of his immune system, doctors predicted that he would not be alive very long. In physical pain every waking moment, Cousins checked himself out of the hospital, and prescribed comedy tapes as his medicine. Cousins discovered that for every 10 minutes he laughed, he had two hours of pain-free sleep. He lived 16 years longer than doctors predicted, and his story is chronicled in the book Anatomy of an Illness, which focuses on the therapeutic benefits of laughter.

According to Cousins:

  • Laughter releases endorphins in the brain that fight physical pain. This means that laughter is good for chemically dependent clients experiencing withdrawal.
  • Laughter protects our immune systems.
  • Laughter increases antibodies that fight infection.
  • Laughter increases natural killer cell activity. Natural killer cells attack cancerous cells in the body.
  • Laughter decreases stress.
  • Laughter activates neurochemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, and thus acts as an antidepressant.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor in Addiction Counseling

By |July 3rd, 2018|Addiction

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
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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