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Peer Pressure and Low Self-Esteem: Common Threads of Drug Use For Young People

Peer Pressure and Low Self-Esteem: Common Threads of Drug Use For Young People As a youth, the adults in our life say things like “don’t give in to peer pressure,” or “just because others are doing it doesn’t mean you need to.” Peer pressure can be hard to say “no” to at any age, and…

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How EMDR Can Heal Trauma

How EMDR Can Heal Trauma Substance use disorder is often linked to co-occurring trauma. “Studies of drug addicts repeatedly find extraordinarily high percentages of childhood trauma of various sorts, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse,” writes Canadian physician Gabor Maté in his seminal addiction study In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. In the 1990s, the…

It’s Not Them, It’s The Disease

It’s Not Them, It’s The Disease Former addicts will be the first to admit that in their active addiction, they were lying, manipulative, cunning, unreliable, and untrustworthy people. That is who their addiction turned them in to. People who abuse drugs and/or alcohol weren’t born bad people; addiction took over their brain and put them on…

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Exercise Improves Physical and Mental Wellness for People in Addiction Recovery

Exercise Improves Physical and Mental Wellness for People in Addiction Recovery It’s often forgotten that our brain is the source of our physical and emotional wellness. Our brain controls our feelings of pleasure, reward, our sense of balance and coordination. You know that seemingly natural ability you have to move your arms or legs, see…

Anxiety Often Co-Occurs with Substance Use: Wells Fargo and Hand Sanitizer

Anxiety Often Co-Occurs with Substance Use: Wells Fargo and Hand Sanitizer Stress is one factor that can lead people to turn to drugs and alcohol. The pressures of work, home, and family can sometimes overwhelm people. While some find healthy ways to deal with stress, others use self-destructive means. The pressure can be particularly difficult…

What Is Substance Abuse?

What Is Substance Abuse? What is substance abuse? While the answer might seem complicated, it really isn’t that difficult to understand. Before getting help for an addiction, having an answer to that question makes the need for help easier to accept. What Is Substance Abuse? Simply, substance abuse is “a patterned use of a drug…

Alcohol Dependence Destroys Family Relationships

Alcohol Dependence Destroys Family Relationships Alcoholism is a powerful disease that brings catastrophic consequences to users and their loved ones. As binge drinking spirals out of control, abusers slide further into the cycle of addiction, alienating themselves from others and wrecking their own lives in the process. Alcohol dependence destroys family relationships along with everything…

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How Drug Use Becomes Drug Dependence

How Drug Use Becomes Drug Dependence People misunderstand addiction, and many can’t comprehend why people can’t stop using. Drug dependence becomes a matter of the mind and the body, and a person is using drugs in order to fulfill a mental obsession and craving, and it often starts off with substance abuse. The substance abuse can begin…

Can You Recognize Signs of Drug Addiction?

Can You Recognize Signs of Drug Addiction? The number of people who think of themselves as “recreational users” is astonishing. You could develop a serious problem if you don’t recognize the signs of drug addiction. The Stats Don’t Lie Many individuals suffer from drug addiction, but refuse to seek help. In 2013, the Substance Abuse…

Recognizing the Dangers of Heroin Use

Recognizing the Dangers of Heroin Use Heroin abuse affects more people than just the user. It tears families apart. A family unit does not, and should not, give up on a family member who has fallen victim to heroin use. By understanding the dangers of a drug that terminates lives, you can learn to act…