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Blog - Category: Addiction

Assumptions of Addiction

Those who feel that addiction is a “disease” is following The Disease Model of Addiction. This model has been developed by groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous to lead individuals to believe that all addiction is completely biological addiction. Once an addiction is formed, there is nothing the addict will be able to do to stop it. This model includes many myths, assumptions of addiction, and ideas that may be harming addicts instead of helping them. Other people do not like to call addiction a “disease.” […]

Biology of Addiction

There are a variety of different factors that may increase an individual’s likelihood of developing an addiction. Some of these influencers may be social, environmental, and societal factors, while others may be genetic, hereditary, and biological factors. This article will be focusing on the biology of addiction and what biology has to do with a person’s risk of developing an addiction. Biological factors can include “anything which affects the function and behavior of a living organism. Internally, this factor can be a physical, physiological, chemical, […]

Addiction Severity Index

Since every individual suffering from substance abuse is different, shouldn’t their treatment plans be tailored to their individual needs? One way to understand each addict’s unique situation is through the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), which according to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is an assessment that looks at “the big picture” of the lives of those suffering from addiction in order to effectively plan their treatment process. Due to its simplicity and cost-effectiveness, the ASI is the most frequently used addiction […]

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that affect individuals of every gender, race, sex, age, and socioeconomic group. Various research suggests that around 50 percent of people who have an eating disorder are also abusing alcohol and/or drugs, and this rate is five times higher than that of the general population. It is important to be aware that eating disorders can turn into drug addiction so that the necessary action can be taken to stop the problem before it starts. According to The National Eating […]

addicted family member

When a loved one has an addiction, it doesn’t just take a toll on the addict themselves; the entire family is affected. Learning how to communicate with your addicted family member is essential for your entire family’s physical and mental health, now and in the future. Although to understand how to communicate with an addicted family member and how to end an addiction within them, we must first change how we communicate with addicts in general. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): […]

Substance Abuse Disorder

Baby boomers are individuals born in the early-to-mid 1940s to the late 1960s. When massive amounts of military members returned home after World War II, families started having large amounts of children as the United States began to flourish. As of April 2014, there were about 76.4 baby boomers in the world. The baby boomer generation is known for criticizing current millennials for their problems with substance abuse disorder, but studies show that they are actually more susceptible to form a substance abuse than any […]

Overcoming Opioid Addiction

Opioids, or narcotics, are a class of drugs chemically related to heroin, including heroin and prescription painkillers such as fentanyl, morphine, and hydrocodone, among others. In recent years, opioid abuse has reached record levels in the United States; in 2015, more than 2 million people struggled with opioid-related substance abuse, and more than 33,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose. In addition to the tragedy of these lives lost, the country faces an economic burden associated with overcoming opioid addiction. The cost of healthcare, lost […]

Suicide and Addiction

September is the National Suicide Prevention Month and it’s now being wondered if there is a link between suicide and addiction. It’s a wise question to have answered. Many are curious about the statistics and research behind the connection. Not only that but how drugs affect the body and brain to lead to possible suicide. Here are some of the facts to know: Following depression, substance abuse is the second leading cause of suicides 20% of those with substance use disorders, they also have a […]

Treatment for Percocet Addiction

Percocet is the brand name for a painkiller that combines oxycodone (an opioid pain reliever) and acetaminophen (a non-opioid pain reliever) to help the body deal with pain. The drug is readily available and frequently prescribed, so it is a common drug to become addicted to, which is why treatment for Percocet addiction has been established among rehabilitation centers. Signs of Percocet Addiction You may notice that you or a loved one is suffering from Percocet addiction when they experience withdrawal symptoms when they don’t […]

Effects of Laxative Addiction

People can’t become physically addicted to laxatives themselves, but they can become addicted to the activity of abusing laxatives. This is very common in eating disorders, and the effects of laxative addiction are not so pleasant. A lot of times people who have binge eating disorders will consume laxatives excessively, all to try to “flush” the food out of the body before it really does anything for the body. Laxatives The effectiveness of abusing laxatives is all a myth though. And people do not realize […]

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