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Is Addiction a Disease?

If you are familiar with addiction, you may have heard addiction referred to as a disease. But why is addiction a disease? Addiction involves complex changes to your pleasure and reward center and interferes with your brain’s ability to produce and release the proper amounts of neurotransmitters. Like other mental health disorders, addiction results in changes…

Civil Disagreement Tips for Addiction Treatment

Anyone coming out of substance abuse has extensive experience with disagreement. You disagreed with friends who told you you were overdoing it. You disagreed with authorities who said recreational drugs were bad for everyone. You disagreed with your own conscience when you “borrowed” to finance your habit. You disagreed with your better judgment and insisted…

The Right Way for Addicts to Share Themselves

A key element of recovery is being open about your struggles, temptations, and doubts. Another key element is mixing that openness with a level of discretion. You can share yourself, but be careful how you do that. You’ve probably met people who seem addicted to bragging about their faults: within ten minutes of meeting them,…

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How is Neurofeedback Therapy Used in Addiction Treatment?

If you haven’t heard of it before, you may be wondering, “What is neurofeedback therapy?” Neurofeedback, which is also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback, is a form of therapy that assesses brainwave activity in a patient. The computer-based neurofeedback therapy program then works to reorganize and retrain brain signals. This happens through the use of…

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Are You in Denial? How to Recognize Substance Abuse

There’s nothing worse than having friends or family who recognize substance abuse nagging you to change… except for having a little voice in your own head suggesting that the “nags” may have a point. When it seems that everyone you were close to is changing for the worse—because so many people are hinting or saying…

What is Step 5 of the 12 Steps Program?

Step Five of the 12 Steps: We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Some religious traditions still practice formal “confession,” where a parishioner unburdens his or her conscience before a spiritual director who then assures the person of God’s forgiveness and recommends action to make up…

Addiction Tip: Remember Your Past, But Move Forward

As Memorial Day weekend begins, let’s all who fight the war against substance abuse and remember how far we’ve come. Remember the Fallen Sadly, we can’t pretend that everyone wins the personal war against substance abuse. In 2014, more than 28,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses, and over 75,000 from alcoholism-related issues (not counting the…

What is Narcan?

The US is currently mired in an epidemic of opiate abuse. As a result of this issue, we are seeing troubled individuals having to face their own mortality as they put their very lives at risk. As a nation, we have to come to grips with the gravity of this issue before the casualties reach…

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Recognizing Drug Overdose Symptoms

Recognizing the signs of a drug overdose can save someone’s life. A person can overdose on illicit drugs or prescription medication. Drug overdose symptoms may vary, depending on the substance the individual has consumed. It is always safer to seek medical attention for someone who may have overdosed. Those who overdose as a result of…

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How A Xanax Withdrawal Timeline Aids in Recovery

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms Xanax is the brand name of the generic drug alprazolam. It is a treatment for panic disorders and anxiety. It belongs to the category of medications known as benzodiazepines. These medications affect the brain and the central nervous system and create a calming effect by enhancing the natural calming chemicals in the…

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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…

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…