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Overcoming The Side Effects of Meth Use

Long-term effects of meth can develop after a few months of using the drug and can persist for years after the last use. Meth is one of the most health-damaging drugs. It causes a mixture of long-term mental and physical health problems. If you quit using meth, you can recover your health within a few…

Fearsome Floods of Addiction Relapse

Houston had enough flooding last spring to give anyone chronic ombrophobia (fear of rain). While the high waters have long since receded, periodic “flash flood watches” continue—as do nervous glances at the afternoon sky. Will we relapse into fear of rain? The Storms of Life Are Out to Get Me “At least Houston doesn’t have…

How to Stage an Intervention for an Addict

Television has given us all a look at how some people run interventions. Unfortunately, what we see on TV pales in comparison to a well thought out intervention. When a loved one is in trouble, it’s usually family members and friends that offer help. With addiction, an intervention is a solid choice. The gathering of…

a woman suffering from chronic pain and addiction

Dealing with Chronic Pain and Addiction

When you or someone you love face the commonly paired problems of chronic pain and addiction, the future feels scary. But with the right treatment, chronic pain becomes a problem of your past, just as you learn how to live without using drugs or alcohol. Instead, you learn constructive ways of managing your pain for…

a young woman in bed suffering from drug withdrawal symptoms

Dangers of Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Addiction can control everything you do in life. There comes a point in most people’s addiction when they realize they need help. They realize they can not allow their addiction to take over their lives any longer. This is the point where you decide to quit using drugs. However, you are apprehensive about the drug…

Growing Pains in Addiction Recovery

For some, recovery from chronic substance abuse is a straightforward matter of tossing away the bottle, going cold turkey for a few days, and then returning to the old normal life. The former abuser who finds things so simple is the exception, though. Most substance-abuse problems start with a desire to escape the “old normal”…

a woman struggling to get out of bed while dealing with dual diagnosis

Expert Tips for Coping with a Dual Diagnosis & Addiction

You, or a family member, may be among the millions of people with “dual diagnosis”—simultaneous substance-abuse problems and mental illness. People with post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, or other mental health disorders are particularly vulnerable to falling into addiction via the attempted-self-medication route. What do treatment professionals and mental-health experts say that can…

The Will to Recover from Addiction

In recognition of July’s status as Independence Day month, our next several posts will focus on the theme of freedom and the will to recover. Like all major life changes, freedom from addiction is easier to dream of than to achieve. Anyone can wish for a better life; relatively few are willing to work for it. It’s…

man uses cooking as one of his substance abuse substitutes

12 Substance Abuse Substitutes

Among common reasons for substance abuse are boredom, feelings of personal worthlessness, and lack of purpose in life. To understand the importance of substance abuse substitutes, switch “desperate to retreat into an artificial high” for “hurried” in the following quote from philosopher Eric Hoffer, and you have a truth perfectly applicable to any of the…

Abstinence & Addiction Treatment

When it comes to abstinence, “Just Say No” has been a battle cry against recreational drug use for more than a generation. Yet, teenagers are still saying “yes” to peer pressure. Not to mention the youth and adults who say “yes” to the substance siren call that promises instant pleasure and confidence; easy relief from…

circle of people in a 12 steps recovery program

The 12 Steps for Addiction: A Refresher Course

What Are The 12 Steps? Since Alcoholics Anonymous introduced them in the 1930s, “the 12 Steps” have become virtually inseparable from any discussion of addiction recovery. At least 200 organizations–an “Anonymous” for everything from narcotics to hoarding to pornography–and countless treatment centers employ 12-Step programs for the benefit of their members or patients. Still, many…

during addiction treatment group participants discuss most commonly abused drugs

Most Commonly Abused Street Drugs

Close to 10% of the United States population has experienced some form of a substance abuse problem. Alcohol and drugs are common in communities across the country. Knowing the most commonly abused drugs can help you identify substance abuse issues in yourself or a loved one. In turn, this can help you find appropriate treatment…