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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...

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...

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

Jet lag syndrome is a sleep disorder caused by traveling across time zones. Jet lag occurs when the body’s circadian rhythms, or the physical, mental, and behavioral changes that a person experiences on a 24 hour cycle, are disrupted. Crossing time zones alters a person’s pattern of exposure to daylight, as well as their sleeping and eating schedule. Symptoms of chronic jet lag include the...

The Relationship between Gambling and Anti-Depressants

Most addictions have deep psychological roots, particularly in response to trauma, a difficult childhood or buried memories. They may also develop as people use drugs to mask symptoms of mental health concerns, such as bipolar disorder or depression. Furthermore, people also abuse behaviors to avoid problems, as behavioral addictions like compulsive gambling are closely related to past problems and attempts to feel...

Chronic Back Pain and Painkiller Addiction

Everyone is at risk for developing an addiction to painkillers, but if you suffer from chronic back pain you are at a heightened risk of becoming addicted to painkillers. If you suffer from chronic back pain however your doctor may prescribe you addictive painkillers. As long as you use painkillers as directed by your doctor you will be okay, but if you abuse painkillers you can become addicted very easily. Once you...

How Does Addiction Begin?

Some illnesses, like colds or the flu, develop suddenly. Others, like heart disease or diabetes, tend to develop more slowly, and it is often difficult to pinpoint the moment they begin. Addiction may also be difficult to recognize in its beginning stages. Whether the progression from substance use to abuse to addiction is rapid or relatively slow, danger signs often go unrecognized. Why People Begin to Use...

Lupus and Prescription Drug Addiction

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue. It can cause pain and damage throughout the body, and the Lupus Foundation of America states that it affects at least 1.5 million Americans. It is found most commonly in adult women of color, but it can affect anyone, even people who struggle with drug abuse and addiction. People who struggle both with drug abuse and lupus...
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