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How to Talk to a Friend About Their Depression

Watching a friend succumb to depression is heartbreaking. At first, you may even question your assessment of the situation, and you may eventually wonder if you are overreacting. Chances are that you are not overreacting, so, the sooner you talk about the elephant in the room, the better your friend’s chances of recovering become. However, before you break the silence, first understand what defines depression as a...

Can Addiction Cause Trauma in Family Members?

If your family member is an addict, addiction can have a traumatic effect in your life. But what is trauma? According to Psychology Today, Trauma is a mind-body reaction that occurs in response to events that involve threats to your physical and/or psychological security.[1] So trauma could be the physical threat of violence or injury as well as the emotional problems that arise from mental abuse or manipulation....

Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Antisocial?

When you seek rehabilitation from an addiction of any kind, the medical professionals you turn to for help will consider your particular issues, needs and limitations when trying design the best course of action for your treatment. If you have social anxiety or are antisocial, for instance, you may be concerned about what treatment that will involve, since most formal treatment modalities involve group settings....

Mental Discipline and Healthy Thinking

Getting sober sparks a life transformation. Order replaces chaos. Energy replenishes fatigue. Relationships heal. Learning the value of mental discipline and healthy thinking is integral to this process. To learn more, read on. Positive Thinking: More Than a Mind Game Detoxing from alcohol is the first step in recovery. What builds lasting sobriety, however, is breaking habits of negative thinking. Just as it’s...

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Combat Veteran

Whether it involves combat or witnessing other distresses of war, military service will change your life. Being a part of or seeing traumatic events of war can affect someone’s reactions and thinking long after the event itself is over. For instance, people who survive terrifying circumstances can develop a condition known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it is important to recognize this problem...

Why Can’t I Have Just One Drink?

One question puzzles nearly every problem drinker, and often their family and close friends, too: Why can’t an alcoholic have just one drink? Indeed, the desire to be able to drink normally, which is usually defined by an ability to control consumption and, subsequently, avoid negative consequences, can become an obsession for alcoholics in recovery. Some even enter rehab with the false hope that getting the right...

What Might Happen If I’m Caught by Police Using Drugs?

Sound judgment is one of the first casualties of drug use; as an addiction worsens, many people become increasingly reckless. For example, they may drive while intoxicated, use drugs while caring for children or get careless about sharing and selling drugs with others. All of these risky behaviors increase the likelihood of getting pulled over, arrested or put behind bars. If your anxiety spikes while you imagine...

The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

When you struggle with substance abuse, you spend a lot of time either hiding it from members of your family, your friends, your boss and possibly the police or local authorities. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about using. You might not realize it, but this takes a toll on your mental health. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects your brain. Just like any other disease, your vulnerability to...

Giving Back: Why Giving Is a Great Way to Receive

When you were a kid, hearing the saying, “It is better to give than to receive” probably didn’t seem like it could really be true. Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and Buddha is well known for espousing generosity. The concept was also outlined centuries ago in the Bible, but it’s all a little bit counterintuitive. It’s better...

What’s the Difference Between the Different Types of Interventions?

Addiction has an uncanny ability to distort an addict’s perception of her situation. Substance abuse changes the psychological function of the brain in such a powerful way that most addicts are simply unable to comprehend just how dangerous and hurtful their conditions have become for both themselves and those around them. For this reason, many addicts require confrontation to seek the help they need; in the...

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Even the most organized and successful people have times when they feel overwhelmed. You may get this feeling regularly or rarely, but when it happens, you feel like you are going to explode. There is too much to do in too short of a time and everyone is counting on you. It may help to know that you are not alone. A recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) indicates about 3.7...

What Causes Addiction?

Experts on alcoholism widely agree that some people are genetically vulnerable to developing the disorder. Sons of alcoholic fathers, for instance, are at three to four times the risk of abusing the substance, according to research published by the National Institute of Health (NIH). In general, a predisposition to abuse one drug applies to almost all other drugs. Alcoholism, for instance, may be present in as many...

The Value of Support When Coping with Depression and Anxiety

When you are in recovery, having adequate support can literally be the difference between staying clean or going into relapse. This may sound extreme, but it is the truth. Support is absolutely essential to recovery and in many ways, it is the foundation of recovery. As an alcoholic, you will likely face more challenges and temptations than someone who is addicted to say, heroin or methamphetamine. This is because...

Recognizing Depression in Teens

Many myths surround teen depression. The teen years are tough, but most adolescents and young adults ride out the angst by balancing them with friendships, school, outside activities and hobbies. However, some teenagers face a host of pressures—from changes brought on by puberty to identity questions and social insecurity. The transition can also spark parental conflict as teens assert their independence. With all...

What’s the Difference Between the Different Types of Interventions?

When you hear the word intervention, you most likely think of a group of people surprising an individual and trying to convince the individual to go to rehab. However, that is only one specific kind of intervention. There are other kinds of interventions. Before breaking down the different types of interventions, it is important to state the reasons why an intervention might be needed. In most cases, an intervention...

What Do I Do If I’m Addicted to a Medication I Need?

Statistics reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) show that prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed by 430 percent within the past ten years. Although some people become addicted because of recreational use in order to get high, others get trapped accidentally. The key to staying safe is getting the right information—not living without needed medication. To learn more...

Can Becoming Involved Early in Someone’s Addiction Stop It?

Let’s say you have just found out someone is addicted to a substance such as alcohol. Can your involvement stop the addiction altogether? Can you change the individual’s life so he sees the errors in his ways and now can live a healthy life? In some cases, it may not be addiction but rather a case of binge drinking. Let’s say you discover that a friend or family member is drinking heavily during the weekend...

The Difference Between Opiates and Opioids

The word “opiate” typically brings to mind the opium poppy plant from which it originates. On the other hand, the word “opioid” is less common and refers to a different substance altogether. Although it is a common mistake to categorize these narcotic substances together, the clear differences between these drugs affects the way you should recover from their addictions. Opiods vs. Opiates An opiate is a...

3 Ways Addiction Can Turn an Obedient College Student Rebellious

College is a time of new experiences, opportunities, growth and learning. While this can be a very positive time, it is also a time many young men and women are at a higher risk to develop addiction. In almost all cases, becoming an alcoholic or one who is addicted to any substance is not intentional. According to Villanova University, 80 percent of all college students drink. Of that amount, 70% of students say...

How Stress Management Can Aid Rehab

Stress is often one of the main reasons individuals participate in substance abuse. Obviously the sources of stress do not go away when you become sober, so what can you do instead of turning to the bottle to cope with life’s challenges? According to the American Institute of Stress, 44% of Americans feel more stressed today than they did five years ago. Even more shocking is the statistic that stress is the basic...

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