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The Connection Between Gender and Addiction
Men and women are similarly as likely to develop a substance use disorder or addiction, however there are physical and physiological differences between the genders that may account for differences in how addiction manifests itself for the two genders. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, men are generally more likely than women to […]
Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis
Dual diagnosis is when a person has both a mental health disorder and an alcohol or drug problem. These conditions often co-occur and the interaction of the two conditions can worsen both. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 9.5 million adults experienced both a mental illness and a substance use […]
Adult Children of Alcoholic Traits
While being the child of an alcoholic parent does not necessarily lead to future alcoholism, there are some common traits that many adult children of alcoholics (ACoAs) identify with. Since many alcoholic home environments are unpredictable, children of alcoholics can exhibit signs of both trauma and strength. Many of their emotional needs were unmet during […]
How Does Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Help Addiction
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1980’s. DBT is used to treat a variety of different mental illnesses, including substance abuse. One of the core objectives of DBT is to teach substance use disorder patients communication skills, coping techniques, self confidence and other life […]
A Spiritual Awakening in Recovery: What Does That Mean?
When speaking to people in recovery, you may hear them talk about their spirituality and attributing their recovery in part to having had a “spiritual awakening”. But what exactly is a “spiritual awakening?” and how does one go about having one? And what does it have to do with recovery? For a newcomer or someone […]
Drug Rehab With Your Spouse: Pros and Cons
If you are seeking help for your addiction, you may think it might be easier if both you and your spouse attend drug rehab together. However, the emphasis has to be primarily focused on the treatment of the individual. One of the hardest parts of going into rehab is leaving your family. While going into […]
Drug-Induced Psychosis: Signs and Symptoms
Drug-induced psychosis (or substance-induced psychotic disorder) is characterized by hallucinations and/or delusions that are due to the direct effects of a substance or withdrawal from a substance. This can occur after taking too much of a certain drug, having an adverse reaction to a medication or mixing medications, or during withdrawal from a drug. Psychosis […]
Signs and Symptoms of Drug Overdose
A drug overdose can be accidental or intentional. Overdosing occurs when a person takes too much of a substance, whether accidentally or intentionally, which can lead to serious consequences and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 750,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. In […]
What Are the Most Abused Drugs?
While there are some drugs that may be prescribed for medicinal purposes, others can be taken illegally for their narcotic or stimulant effects which can become addictive. Drug addiction is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is complex and can be difficult to overcome, especially for those using the most abused drugs in the […]
Children of Alcoholics
According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, an estimated 27 million children live in households where there is a parent struggling with alcohol use disorder. These children are often exposed to instability, inconsistent discipline, chaos, uncertainty, emotional or physical neglect, arguments, violence and/or depression, and feelings of abandonment among other abusive behaviors. […]