Substance Abuse

The Dangerous Dozen: The 12 Most Addictive Substances Around the Globe

Posted on December 20th, 2017

An estimated 23 million Americans and nearly 30 million people worldwide are addicted to a substance—from alcohol to prescription medications to illicit drugs.

Addiction is the unintended outcome of misusing or overusing an addictive substance. While there is much debate over the role that free will or choice plays in addiction, it can certainly be argued that no one who takes a drink, drug or prescription medication sets out to become an addict. More likely, they take the substance to find a way to feel good (or at least better), relieve pain, forget their problems or numb difficult feelings. If that substance is highly addictive, the substance is more likely to be repeated.

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How Love Addiction Can Lead to Infidelity

Posted on September 20th, 2016

 Love addiction is a complicated thing. It can take a lot of different forms and can cause someone to behave in a variety of damaging ways. It may seem counterintuitive that someone addicted to love would cheat on a partner, but it happens more than you might think. Love addiction and cheating too often go together. To avoid the harm that can come from being a love addict and from infidelity, be aware of what love addiction is and how it can lead to cheating.

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Can’t Sleep? 7 Drug-Free Ways to Get Your Rest

Posted on August 29th, 2016

No one likes to think of themselves as an insomniac. Still, there are millions of people who struggle to get a good night’s sleep on occasion. There’s usually no long-term difficulty with the rare night of sleeplessness, but if the nights without uninterrupted rest continue for weeks on end, you definitely need some help to get the sleep you so desperately need. When you can’t sleep, and don’t want to take medication, here are seven drug-free ways to get your rest.

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What Is Self-Compassion and How Do I Get It?

Posted on August 8th, 2016

If you’re a compassionate person and able to show compassion to others, it would make sense that you would show the same toward yourself. Yet it should come as no surprise that many people have a great deal of difficulty with self-compassion. Indeed, they may not understand self-compassion, let alone know how to get it. The concept is actually rather simple, so let’s take a step-by-step look at self-compassion and how to cultivate it.

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Drunk and Stoned Behind the Wheel: Double the Driving Risk

Posted on July 18th, 2016

Awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving tends to increase during certain times of the year, especially around holidays, proms, and summer vacations. With four states and the District of Columbia now legalizing recreational marijuana use and other states considering putting measures on the ballot to legalize pot for recreational use, there’s more awareness about marijuana in total. Not much in the way of research has been conducted on the dangers of drinking and smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel — until now.

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How to Keep Your Sobriety Intact During Summer Travel

Posted on July 11th, 2016

During the summer, there is a good chance that you might take a short trip or vacation away from home. Whether you’re heading to the beach, a lake or a historic destination, you’re probably excited to be able to have a change in your daily routine. You’ll get to have time off from your job and you’ll be able to spend extra time with family or friends, appreciating the sights or just enjoying some rest and relaxation in the sun.

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I Think I’m in Love With My Best Friend

Posted on April 1st, 2016

Infidelity is complicated. Defining it and deciding when you’ve crossed a line is not always easy. Affairs can be emotional, physical, virtual or even psychological. They can even happen unexpectedly, such as when you come to the realization that your best friend doesn’t have a flirting addiction, she’s been attracted to you for a long time and you may be in love with her. If this has happened to you, take some time to think things through before making any decisions about what to do next.

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Heroin Epidemic Strikes Arizona Hard as Opioid Users Make the Switch

Posted on March 25th, 2016

It should come as no surprise to those watching the explosion in opioid prescription drug abuse across the United States, including Arizona, that when the price of feeding the habit becomes too high, users will switch to a cheaper and more easily available alternative — heroin. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that heroin use has nearly doubled from 2011 to 2013.

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How Your Substance Abuse Is Affecting Your Partner

Posted on March 3rd, 2016

You may think that your drug abuse only affects you, and you wouldn’t be alone. Many drug abusers use this as an excuse not to stop or not to make positive changes. You claim that what you’re doing harms no one else, so it’s no big deal that you’re abusing flexeril that you were prescribed by your doctor. The truth is that any time you abuse drugs, even a prescription drug you think is harmless, your acts impact the people you care about, including the most important person in your life: your partner.

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Monitoring Emotional Triggers to Help Prevent Relapse

Posted on December 3rd, 2015

Monitoring Emotional Triggers to Help Prevent RelapseYou know the feeling: Your gut clenches, your thoughts race, and you feel a cold sweat all over your body. You’ve been here before — too many times, in fact. Your typical response is to head straight for your drug of choice. Stopping the knee-jerk reaction to use may seem impossible, but there are things you can do. Monitoring these emotions and triggers can help you keep relapse at bay — and, more importantly, serve as an effective strategy in your recovery toolkit.

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