Neurological Effects of Drugs It is estimated that over 20 million people, ages 12 and older, have used an illicit substance. Approximately 7 million people could be classified with a substance abuse or dependence disorder. The psychological and social effects of drugs might be known, but there are also physical effects of drug use. Sometimes...Read More
Drug addicts stop doing drugs for their recovery. Alcoholics stop drinking for their recovery. Sex addicts stop having sex which creates unhealthy patterns of behavior for their recovery. Shopping addicts learn to manage their budget and shop in a way that is healthy. Eating disorder recovery doesn’t involve not eating but learning how to regulate...Read More
Self-care sounds selfish to many people. Why should people in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction learn to practice so much time caring about themselves, loved ones often lament. It is true that addiction and alcoholism are diseases of selfishness. Recovery, it is commonly heard, is also selfish. Recovery has to be a selfish program....Read More
Sleep is an important part of the healing process. If you are having a hard time sleeping after detox don’t be discouraged. It can take time for your sleep process to regulate again. You are still in physical pain after detox: A common symptom of detoxing from drugs and alcohol is physical...Read More
Chemical dependency is the technical term for addiction, alcoholism, or other substance use disorders. Chemical dependency is what separates substance abuse from addiction, which are two terms used interchangeably. It is possible to develop an abusive relationship with drugs and alcohol but not become chemically dependent upon them. Abuse oftentimes does lead to chemical dependency,...Read More
English: Publicity photo of Elton John from the 1975 Rock Music Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) USA TODAY Op-Ed…by Sir Elton John “Science has given us the means to find a cure [for aids], but the stigma has prevented us from doing so.” It might surprise you to learn that we were made aware of Sir...Read More
Labels really are a part of our daily routine… How many times during the course of a day do you read a label? Maybe you stop to read a food label to determine how many calories are in the product or the number of sodium milligrams or whether or not the product is stale dated or even...Read More
Scarf cat aka A Street Cat named Bob! (Photo credit: Moff) “A Street Cat Named Bob” has arrived in America It’s true, just last week on July 30th, bookstores in the United States stocked the shelves with the bestselling book “A Street Cat Named Bob.” You should know “A Street Cat Named Bob” was published in March...Read More
Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbilical cord has not yet been cut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Learning that you are expecting a baby is usually exciting news for both parents who look forward to experiencing a pregnancy or a forthcoming adoption. This is not to say that the prenatal experience is not filled with questions...Read More
English: Cases of PTSD and Severe Depression Among U.S. Veterans Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Between Oct 2001 and Oct 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Monday, May 28th, is Memorial Day. Have you thought about how you might spend the day? Some of us will visit our loved one’s graveside. Maybe it will by that of...Read More
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