Addiction Information and Resources
Addiction is a progressive and dangerous disease which when left untreated can lead to devastating consequences including jails, institutions, and ultimately death. There is no cure for addiction and it's deleterious effects, but with proper treatment, addiction can be managed so that addicts can live healthy and productive lives in recovery.
Sexual addiction is a chronic and insidious condition, and it destroys lives all the same as a drug or alcohol addiction. People struggling with sexual addiction find themseves behaving in uncontrollable and compulsive ways, putting themselves and those around them in considerable danger. Sexual addiction does not get the same attention as drug and alcohol addiction, but it is still very real and very dangerous. Read here about sexual addiction, its roots, effects, and how to best help someone who is struggling.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of drug abuse is key to help an individual struggling with addiction to get help and achieve sobriety. Abused drugs range from over-the-counter cold remedies to cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines. Symptoms of abuse vary widely between different drugs. One thing they all have in common: an inability to manage life once addiction takes hold.
The following article describes some common signs and symptoms of drug abuse and what to look for if you suspect someone of being addicted to drugs.
Alcoholism is a progressive disease characterized by four primary attributes which include preoccupation (increased desire to drink), physical dependence, lack of self-restraint, and development of tolerance. Over the years, research has improved our general understanding of the devastating potential this dangerous disease has in store for alcohol abusers. By analyzing current alcoholism statistics, we can clearly see the devastating effects alcohol has on the lives of users, and the relationship between alcohol and various behaviors and bodily functions. Oftentimes, the public needs to see these statistics to reinforce the fact that the effects of alcoholism are widespread and extremely hazardous to one’s health. The following statistics have been compiled from numerous web surveys and other methods of research:
Drug addiction continues to be a major concern for society, and the concern grows with every passing year. As drug and alcohol addiction ruin lives of those most closely affected, but society at large suffers from addiction's rippling effects. The following article explains the effects of drug addiction on individuals, families, neighborhoods, and society overall. Drug addiction's debilitating effects range from financial, to functional, to emotional and should by no means be taken lightly.
Although the initial decision to take drugs or alcohol is usually voluntary, there is a common misconception that drug addiction is indicative of moral or ethical failure, or a lack of willpower to resist the use of drugs or "do the right thing." When someone is suffering from addiction, the brain is functioning differently than it did prior to the addiction. Drugs change the way the brain functions, specifically in the mesolimbic dopamine system (the brain's reward center), making it extremely challenging for an addict to resist compulsive urges and cravings for more drugs. Because compulsive drug use alters this system, urges and cravings for an addict's drug of choice rarely completely go away, even after years of sobriety.