Category: Addiction

Anxiety Disorders and Addictive Behaviors

Anxiety is something everyone experiences occasionally. Anxiety, or fear, can be a healthy response to certain situations. If we look at emotions from an evolutionary lens, anxiety serves an important role in keeping us safe. What Is the Purpose of Anxiety? For example, back in the caveman days, if there was a tiger lurking nearby [...]
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Don’t Let Addiction & Grief Trigger Relapse From Addiction

Woman lying on sofa Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center In her 1993 book Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, Maya Angelou succinctly and powerfully described the profound pain that can occur in the aftermath of the loss of a family member, close friend, or another person of significance, also known as grief. “I can accept [...]
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Suicide Ideation & Addiction in COVID-19

Adolescent Girl Sitting With Her Head In Her Hands A recent survey reveals the US population has seen a significant increase in mental health challenges, substance use, and suicide ideation during the COVID-19 pandemic [1]. Health experts and researchers attribute this increase in mental and behavioral health conditions to the morbidity and mortality caused by the virus, along with COVID-19 mitigation efforts such as [...]
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Helping Families Understand Treatment for Substance Abuse

Boy outside Substance abuse is when someone is dependent on alcohol or other drugs [1]. Substance abuse is also known as addiction. Research shows that addiction affects a wide variety of people. Addiction does not just impact the individual struggling, it affects their family as well. Coping with a Family Member’s Substance Abuse Aside from the relational [...]
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Searching for Medication to Help Meth Addicts Recover

Man fighting Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive drug with significant short and long-term psychological and physical effects [1]. Meth often gives users feelings of euphoria. This is because it impacts a certain chemical in the brain that is responsible for feeling pleasure [1]. This feeling can lead to meth addiction. What is the Impact of Meth? [...]
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