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4 Ways to Be Dedicated to Change

Whatever your drive is, once found, remember it constantly to continue with your addiction recovery Life change is often discussed openly in addiction recovery. Such changes are important not only to stop abusing harmful substances, but also to make lasting life improvements. Positive changes create the determination to progress toward a definite goal, perhaps to get sober or to recover from other afflictions....

3 Ways Reality TV Interventions Aren’t Realistic

Not all interventions are prepared formal meetings with a number of people surrounding the addicted one It is not surprising to say that reality TV is often very far from reality. And although this is part of the entertainment industry, sometimes reality TV creates a misconception or negative view of some important processes and programs related to addiction treatment and recovery. One example of this is how...

Are Painkillers Safe to Take as Directed?

Opioid painkillers can be helpful in specific medical situations if used as directed by a physician It seems like there is a new report of painkiller abuse on the news every night. With so many cases of painkiller addiction and dependence in the United States, it only makes sense to question these medications when they are prescribed. It is important to know what painkiller drugs are made of, and how these drugs...

How Do Opiates Differ from Opium?

Opium has been used as a pain medication since at least the Neolithic age Opiates and opium are closely related chemical cousins with many pharmacological and addictive similarities and several important differences. Although opium has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, and opiates for hundreds, there are still many misunderstandings about these drugs and the risks they present. Opium: The...

Acetaminophen’s Role in Vicodin

Taken together, acetaminophen and hydrocodone is very effective in reducing moderate to severely moderate pain Vicodin is a combination medication containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Many wonder why a pain reliever like acetaminophen is in Vicodin, since hydrocodone already acts as pain reliever. Both elements in Vicodin affect the body in distinctly different ways, but work together to provide effective pain...

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

Both psychological and physical dependence can lead to addiction while acting together or independently The different ways addictive substances affect the body mean there are different types of addictions. For example, some substances modify the normal way the body physically functions, but other drugs have more noticeable psychological effects that lead to mental addictions. Both conditions are dangerous, so learn...

Why You Should Change Your Thinking on Addiction

If you think addiction is a choice or a sign of weakness, then you ignore the deeper issues When people find out that a loved one suffers from addiction, sometimes they react with disappointment, disgust or negativity. You may not be sure how to react when you hear that a loved one has an addiction, but ultimately she suffers from a mental disorder that is not her choice. Addiction is devastating, and, although her...

How to Find a Job in Recovery

When you interview for a job, you must decide whether or not you will discuss your addiction An intimidating and inevitable part of addiction recovery is having to transition back into everyday life. Many people do not have the financial luxury of staying home and avoiding the working world, and reentering the workforce can be quite stressful, especially for those who lost their former jobs due to addiction....

The Descent into Heroin Addiction

Heroin may take months to cause addiction Heroin users do not begin using the drug to develop addictions that lead them to risk their health daily and to hurt their loved ones. No one decides to use heroin expecting to become obsessed with the idea of getting the next hit, or expecting to depend on a substance that can kill them. But heroin is a powerful and dangerous drug. While addiction may not necessarily begin...

Why Addiction Is Not a Muse

Addiction can dull your creativity Some artists have credited drugs or alcohol as their muse for their creations. A muse is the object that inspires an artist. As drugs or alcohol have the ability to alter the mind, artists and people in general feel like certain substances help them tap into their inner creativity; they allow them to reach ideas and perspectives they normally wouldn’t and reduce inhibitions that...
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