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5 Tips to Prevent the Development of Addiction

Follow the dosage instructions of the prescriber, and by never use prescription drugs for recreational purposes If anything is more important than recovery from addiction, it is addiction prevention. Many people feel distressed, and they wonder what they could have done to prevent addiction in a loved one; they ask how they could have been of assistance in an earlier stage of substance abuse to help someone avoid...

How Can Responsible Use of Medication Descend into Addiction?

Many people who are addicted to prescription medications did not start taking a drug to abuse it Becoming an addict is not a choice. The many misconceptions and stigmas about addiction have made it difficult for people to recognize the danger of addiction, even if they are simply following a prescription for a medical condition. In fact, many people who are addicted to prescription medications did not start taking a...

How To Endure the Relapse of Someone Close to You

Understanding how to view a loved one’s relapse can help you remain supportive during this time of need Relapse can happen to anyone in recovery; in fact, nearly 40-60% of recovering addicts experience it at some point. For many people, it is simply part of the journey, neither a failure nor a sign that professional treatment did not work. Indeed, many experts believe relapse is a stage in the addiction cycle,...

Can Any Good Come from a Drug Charge?

Facing a drug charge is terrifying, but serves as a wake-up call that you have a problem Being charged with a drug crime can be devastating. Many people get caught up in addiction every year without ever even setting out to get high: they needed a prescription following surgery or an injury, and when the time came to quit they just couldn’t. Even young people get trapped in a disease they simply cannot shake after...

When Depressants and PTSD Mix

When Depressants and PTSD Mix Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition caused by trauma. Any devastating event can generate feelings of despair and powerlessness, emotions that can set the stage for this disorder. The following situations readily induce this disorder: Sexual abuse Natural disasters, such as tornados or floods Neglect Rape Crashes Physical abuse Most people can work through their...

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...

Has Digital Media Affected Process Addictions?

Digital media may affect process addictions Digital media has advanced at breathtaking speeds over the last few years. As recently as a decade ago, most people had never streamed a movie, searched for an image, downloaded a song or e-book or spent a single dollar online. However, today most people carry a powerful computer with access to digital media in their pockets via a smart phone. While there is a great...

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...

How to Not Get Addicted To Your Prescription

Take your prescription exactly as directed to avoid addiction People often become worried when they are prescribed a new medication, because they are afraid of developing an addiction. While it is true that many prescription drugs are addictive, proper use can help to prevent the development of addiction. Taking Your Prescriptions Properly The single most effective way to prevent prescription drug addiction is to...

The Dangers of Self-Medicating Chronic Headaches

Chronic headaches are an incredibly distressing concern that occurs in a large number of people around the world. These frequently occurring headaches may become unbearable, affecting the person’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Unfortunately, many people who experience chronic headaches abuse painkillers to overcome the constant pain they experience. This can lead to damaging effects on the body. Types of...
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