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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....

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’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 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...

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...

Why Is Rehab So Intimidating?

The Psychiatry (Edgmont) journal stated in 2007 that shame and discrimination can motivate addicts to take extreme measures to hide their substance abuse disorder. Many addicts resist admitting to a problem because it implies they now have to do something about it, and for many, entering rehabilitation can be intimidating. Treatment professionals understand the potential intimidation, apprehension, embarrassment and...

What Happens in Treatment?

Professional treatment is one of the most dynamic ways to create a vibrant future. Some payoffs are obvious: if an addiction has ravaged your health, then regaining mental and physical fitness is a tangible result you can expect. However, other perks are more subtle. After days, weeks and months of “doing the next right thing” and walking through treatment, some people look around themselves and are pleasantly...

Can Alcohol Damage My Memories?

The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that the majority of Americans aged 12 and older actively drink alcohol, and nearly a quarter of Americans engaged in binge drinking in the previous month. When alcohol consumption exceeds the body’s ability to absorb it, people experience drunkenness and increase their risk for physical and mental health issues. Among the many issues associated with...

How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

Many ideas explain when drug abuse becomes addiction, so people who use addictive substances find it difficult to determine if they are actually addicts. For example, alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances, partially because most societies accept its use, so alcoholism is difficult to identify precisely. Sometimes, people who abuse alcohol in high quantities believe that addiction only applies to the...

Should I Get a Second Opinion On My Mental Health Diagnosis?

Getting a second opinion on a mental health diagnosis is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Mental health disorders are tough to diagnose. They are ambiguous because they are not detected by a blood test, brain scan or other tangible confirmation. Mental health disorders are diagnosed by symptoms and because of this, there is a great deal of room for error. Individuals may not notice certain...

Can you Be Mentally Addicted to a Substance Without Physical Dependence?

Drug addiction is the result of an emotional and physical dependence on a drug. Some drugs produce greater levels of physical dependence, while others produce emotional dependence only. Opiate drugs, like prescription painkillers, produce both physical dependence on the drug and emotional addiction to the feelings of euphoria the drug produces. No matter the type of habit-forming substance used, there is a potential...

How Important Is It to Recognize Your Risk Factors for Mental Health Conditions?

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines your mental health as your state of well-being in which you recognize your own abilities, can work productively, cope with life’s stresses and make a contribution to your community. When you are in a positive mental state, you feel good about yourself, your relationships and your ability to meet challenges that come your way in everyday life. Any number of...

Can Improving Interpersonal Communication Skills Help Recovery?

Many addicted individuals have poor communication skills. In fact, undeveloped social skills are often root causes of substance abuse. For example, some people believe that they can only socialize or party when they are intoxicated because using helps them temporarily escape feelings of anxiety and depression. Other individuals may interact with ease under ordinary circumstances, but their ability to connect with...

Should I Get a Second Opinion on My Mental Health Diagnosis?

Getting a second opinion on a mental health diagnosis is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Mental health disorders are tough to diagnose; they are ambiguous and cannot be detected by a blood test, brain scan or other objective standard. Because of this problem, mental health disorders are diagnosed by symptoms, which leaves great room for error. In fact, people may not notice certain symptoms or...

What Does It Mean to Be In Recovery?

What is recovery? Is it a destination, goal, method or something entirely different? The term is widely used throughout the healthcare system, but when applied to substance addiction, recovery has specific meaning and measurements. In 2007, The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment published “What Is Recovery?” that defined it as a “voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health and...

What Are Behavioral Health Conditions?

The difference between a behavioral health condition and another mental health disorder may be subtle, but some behavioral health conditions require a unique type of treatment. Behavioral health conditions are mental disorders that affect the way people behave, but these issues can be treated through therapy and sometimes medication. A user’s behavior can improve over time, but usually only with professional care....

Can Any Good Come from a Drug Charge?

Legal problems are one sign of a substance abuse problem. Sound judgment is one of the first casualties of drug use. As an addiction progresses, many individuals become increasingly reckless about using in high-risk situations. They may drive while intoxicated or use while caring for children, for example. Or they may get careless about sharing and selling drugs with others, or engage in unprotected sex. Invariably,...

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