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Explaining Addiction to a Non-Addict

Addicts vs Non-Addicts: Explaining Addiction to a Non-Addict

Explaining addiction to a non-addict is not something simple. It’s hard for non-addicts to understand what addiction is and what it does to the addict. Dependence weakens the body, mind, and lifestyle of those who suffer from the disease, and unless you’ve experienced it personally, it can be hard to …


Past and Present Addiction Treatment: What the Future Holds

Drug addiction today is viewed as a disease and can be treated through modern,scientifically researched methods. This disease is characterized by long-lasting changes that occur in the brain. Modern society is generally on the same page about addiction, but it hasn’t always been that way. Society in the past has …


Can Employers Prevent Drug Abuse at Work Place?

Today, the growing menace of drug abuse among the employees has raised apprehension in various socioeconomic strata. Thankfully, the awareness that the abuse of drugs may affect workplace is rapidly rising in acceptance. In the recent past, there has been a widespread concern on whether employers can address the issue …

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Can Employers Prevent Drug Abuse in the Workplace?

Today, the growing menace of drug abuse in the workplace has raised apprehension in various socioeconomic strata. Thankfully, the awareness that the abuse of drugs may affect employees is rapidly rising in acceptance. Recently, there has been a widespread concern on whether employers can address the issue of drug abuse …


Beyond the Physical: The Emotional Repercussions of Addiction

The widespread uptrend in drug abuse and addiction in recent years in the United States has reached highest-ever levels. It has gotten to the point that President Donald Trump has declared the opioid crisis a “National Health Emergency.” And many states in the union have declared their own states of …


Women and Recreational Drug Use in America

As the years pass us by, drug and alcohol addiction becomes more of a problem for our nation’s women than it ever has been before.  Now, we live in a country that struggles intensively with substance abuse to the degree of it being a regular occurrence in some demographics, and …

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Heroin Gateway Drugs: Warning Signs of Prescription Medication

The history of heroin addiction and prescription drug abuse with opiates like the Vicodin drug is a history that has always been intertwined. The heroin epidemic would not be what it is today had it not been for prescription medication, and the opiate pain reliever addiction epidemic would not be …

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Clinical Approaches to Substance Abuse: What They Are and How They’re Used

What is addiction? Addiction is classified as a disease that affects both the brain and behaviors of an individual. It causes the compulsive seeking and use of drugs even at the known peril of the user. The path to addiction starts with a person voluntarily choosing to use alcohol or …

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Multidimensional Family Therapy: Why Communication is Integral in Addiction Treatment

It could be said that communication is the key to a successful life. It is a universal solvent which allows people to exchange ideas and thoughts. In a family, it allows everyone to understand each other, gain love, and trust and become an unstoppable team. At work and in school, …

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Key Characteristics of Drug Culture: A Study of the Evolution of Addiction Treatment

Drug culture refers to the rules, rites, and rituals associated with a particular drug. It also includes mannerisms, terminology, user etiquette, and group preferences, including style, age, and sexual orientation. Drug culture in America has become mainstream and even looked up to. We have magazines like High Times and Cannabis Culture …


Hard vs. Soft Drugs: What’s the Difference

When individuals use the terms “Soft drugs” or “Hard drugs,” they are referring to an arbitrary categorization that has no clear definitions or criteria and also has no scientific basis. The hardness or softness of drugs is purely based upon public perception. An example being that hard drugs should be …


Can Non-Addicts Truly Understand What Addiction Is?

Drug addiction is a chronic, progressive condition, one that has far-reaching implications for addicts and their loved ones alike, and it’s not easy for non-addicts to fully grasp the destructive and all-consuming cycle of addiction. Oftentimes, non-addicts assume that people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are simply weak …

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Addiction Treatment: How Incorrect Information is Harming Addicts

Depending on your viewpoint, you may choose to see addiction as a moral flaw, a behavioral problem, a genetic trait, or, perhaps the most popular opinion, as a chronic, relapsing disease, similar to diabetes or cancer. The idea of addiction as a disease has gained some notoriety over the years, …

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When 12-Step Programs Fail: Know Your Other Rehab Options

Perhaps the most well-known type of addiction recovery is the 12-Step program, which came about at a time when addiction was stigmatized so ardently and for so long that for decades there was no scientific research to guide addicts seeking treatment. Unfortunately, with AA’s 12-Step approach to addiction recovery comes …

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The Aftermath of Drug Overdoses: How to Cope with the Emotional Effects

Drug overdose is the fastest-growing cause of death in the United States, with approximately 125 Americans suffering a fatal overdose every day, but even non-fatal drug overdoses can wreak havoc on the person who overdoses and his loved ones, possibly resulting in debilitating emotional consequences that can be difficult to …