Complications of Alcohol Abuse

Complications of Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism and drug addiction are the same disease. Alcohol is a drug just like every other substance under that broad umbrella. So why do drugs and alcohol always seem to be classified differently? Why do opiates, pills, stimulants, and marijuana get lumped together as drugs but alcohol does not? People that I meet in recovery

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The Steroids Controversy

Steroids in Recovery

Steroids are a category of drugs that seem to fall into a gray area in the minds of some recovering addicts. They can be addicting but are not considered intoxicating in the same way that most drugs of abuse are. They don’t act directly on the brain’s reward center or trigger massive short-term floods of

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Music Therapy: A Complementary Therapy for Substance Abuse

Music Therapy for Substance Abuse

I volunteer my writing services to a local San Diego non-profit dedicated to music therapy. This organization works to enhance the quality of life for people suffering from various ailments or situations. Improving the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of children with serious and chronic illnesses. Working with seniors (some with dementia or other cognitive

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Is Marijuana a Depressant or Stimulant?

Is Marijuana a Depressant

Marijuana is a complex drug and affects users in a variety of ways. Marijuana at times can act as both a depressant and a stimulant depending on the strain and the chemical reaction it has in a user’s body. In general, however, marijuana affects the user’s attention span, long-term memory storage, and psychomotor skills involved

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Risk Factors for Addiction

Addiction Risk Factors

Anyone can become addicted to drugs or alcohol and like the complex nature of the disease itself, there are many different aspects that put people at risk. Many of these factors are out of our control. Genetic predisposition, preexisting mental disorders, anxiety, and depression are all common among addicts. There are also environmental risk factors.

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Life on Life’s Terms

Choosing Recovery

My grandmother passed away yesterday morning. She had just turned 97 years old. Her mind was still sharp but her body had been deteriorating pretty rapidly during the last few years. She had macular degeneration in her eyes to the point of not being able to read or watch TV anymore. Her hearing was significantly

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Why Are Drugs So Addictive?

Why Are Drugs So Addictive

Many people can have a hard time understanding why drug addicts have difficulty in quitting drugs, despite the major life consequences that follow from their use. It would seem logical that if the use of a substance is causing a lot of issues in someone’s life that they should just stop using the substance. However,

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Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy (Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy) was developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young and is best defined as an integrative approach to mental health treatment that combines the most productive aspects of cognitive-behavioral, psychoanalytical, interpersonal and experiential therapies into one collective model. Schema therapy is most known for helping people to change pervasive negative or maladaptive thinking

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Cannabis Induced Psychosis (CIP) and Schizophrenia

Cannabis Induced Psychosis

Marijuana is probably the most commonly used drug in America today. It is still illegal federally but as of June of this year, it is now medically legal in thirty states across the country. In nine of those states, it is legal recreationally as well. A Gallup poll done in 2017 showed that 64% of

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Is Addiction Accompanied with other Mental Health Conditions?

Addiction and Mental Health Conditions

Addiction is an interesting disease, in that it is sometimes only a part of an explanation as to what is going on with an individual. Sometimes addiction can cover up other mental health conditions that an addict may be experiencing. It could also very well be the catalyst of the creation of a new mental

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