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Why Is Addiction A Mental Disorder?

If you or someone you know suffers from the mental effects of addiction, you know that addiction is a disease. Sadly, stigma still exists in a society that says otherwise. Medical and mental health professionals agree that addiction is a disease of both the brain and the body. But why is addiction a mental disorder? …

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Men’s Mental Health – There’s a Silent Killer Among Us

Stigma is Killing Men “Man Up”, “Why don’t you put your big boy pants on?”, “Don’t be such a pansy”, “Boys don’t cry”, “It’s just a scratch, rub some dirt on it”, “Stop acting like such a girl”… How many have you heard? Because we’ve heard them all.  One of the hardest things for men …

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Exploring the 5 Stages of Addiction

Addiction often happens subtly and over time, and that’s why there are five stages of addiction. Alcohol use can start out healthy, but then progress into a disorder. How do you know when you’ve become addicted? You need to figure out where you are. Wherever you are on the five stages of addiction, you should …

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Family Therapy Activities

When addiction happens in the family, it affects every member, not just the addicted person. Family therapy activities may be essential in helping your entire family heal and grow together as you better understand addiction. In like manner, family therapy allows you to work out your issues as you support the person suffering from drug …

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Answers to What is Medical Detox?

Addiction and recovery begin with the process of detox. For most people, the period of detox is the most critical time to break free from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. To better understand what is medical detox, it’s essential to know that withdrawal produces symptoms that can go from uncomfortable to life-threatening. Medical detox …

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What is Clinical Depression?

Depression is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. Instead, many levels exist in clinical depression. These range from mild to severe with a wide range of symptoms and life effects. So, what is clinical depression overall and how does it relate to substance abuse or addiction? The explanation of clinical depression, particularly how it relates to drug …

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Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Everyone who drinks alcohol or goes out with friends who drink should know the symptoms of alcohol poisoning. People commonly drink too much, whether they misjudge their ability to handle alcohol or consume too many drinks too quickly. Being able to understand when alcohol consumption goes too far can save a life, even your own. …

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The Connection Between PTSD and Substance Abuse

PTSD and substance abuse go hand-in-hand for up to two-thirds of people with this stress disorder. In fact, people with PTSD are four times more likely to suffer from addiction than their peers without mental health problems, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology. So what is PTSD and how does it affect addiction and …

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Physical Signs of Heroin Abuse to Know

Suspecting someone you love uses heroin is a painful situation for anyone. We all know about the dangers of these drugs. But what are the physical signs of heroin abuse and how else can you detect the truths of your loved one’s behaviors? About Heroin Abuse Heroin, also called diamorphine, is a recreational drug used …

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