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Meth and Sex Can Become Co-Occurring Addictions

Substance use addictions became intricately interwoven with sex at an early age for Lewis, a man who was starved for attention by his parents. Such co-occurring addictions do complicate recovery, but they can be overcome. Lewis grew up in large, spacious homes—his family owned more than one—with hired caregivers and tutors, but without much in …

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Enlisting a Community of Care

This article is written for people who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or who believe themselves to have many of the traits of this personality disorder, but it may be helpful to anyone who is a family member, partner, or friend of someone with BPD. By now, you are familiar with the …

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Drug Abuse and Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a characteristically severe form of mental illness that produces symptoms such as delusional states of mind, hallucinations, and a loss of normal emotional expressiveness, motivation and/or thinking skills. Along with several other illnesses, it belongs to a group of mental disorders known as psychotic disorders. People who abuse drugs sometimes develop symptoms that …

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Sexual Addiction and Gay Communities

In November of 2011, Newsweek featured a cover story on sexual addiction which was part of the growing attention by print, web, and television media dealing with the important but controversial subject. As a result of the story, a conservative, Christian website, LifeSiteNews, responded with interesting zeal about one aspect of Newsweek’s analysis. The LifeSiteNews …

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Top Reasons Men in Recovery Relapse with Drugs

There are many reasons men who are struggling to remain sober from alcohol or drugs relapse. Taken in reverse order, the four most common reasons are: They refuse to give up the friends, connections, and world of their addiction. There is a saying in 12-step recovery: To achieve lasting sobriety, you only need to give …

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Stimulant Abuse and Sexual Addiction

People with cross-addictions are individuals who switch from one addiction to another, while people with co-occurring addictions struggle with multiple addictions simultaneously. Cross and co-occurring disorders are especially common with sex addicts. In one survey of male sex addicts, 87 percent of the respondents reported they regularly abused either addictive substances or other addictive behaviors. …

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Developmental Disabilities and Addiction

Developmental disabilities are defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as those that cause intellectual, social, and mental incapacities inhibiting normal development in individuals. These can be diagnosed at any age from birth up to the age of 22. Such developmental disabilities may include one or more of the following, to varying levels …

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Mental Health Issues and Addiction

Mental health issues are medical conditions which affect the behavior, social ability and perceptions of the sufferer. Such conditions are most often diagnosed utilizing data within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, first published by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952. This manual is updated and renewed as new disorders are recognized and …

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Eight Dimensions of Wellness for Those With Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders

What does wellness mean to you? For millions of Americans, the definition of wellness likely means a sense of overall well-being. But for those who suffer from mental and substance abuse disorders, wellness does not mean an absence of disease, illness or stress, but rather feeling a sense of purpose in life, being actively involved …

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