Addiction Information and Resources Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:54:48 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb ( Sex Addiction 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.

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Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abuse

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.

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Drug Addiction and Society 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.

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Alcoholism Statistics 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:

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Understanding Drug Addiction 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.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Dual diagnosis treatment is a treatment methodology that treats substance abuse in conjunction with a co-occurring mental health disorder. These mental health disorders can include: depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, mania, and disassociative disorders. It is important to understand that the behavioral unmanageability associated with drug and alcohol addiction is not specifically a sign of dual diagnosis, as it will improve with the treatment of the addiction.

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Understanding Addiction addictionAddiction is a life-shattering illness. It rips families apart and destroys lives. It is historically defined as a physical and/or psychological dependency on a mood-altering chemical (e.g. alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, etc.) or behavior (sex addiction, gambling addiction, internet addiction), although it can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. It often starts with experimentation and social use coupled with the thought that one can quit whenever he/she wants. It has many end results: living on the streets, alienating one's family and friends, and in some cases death. For most addicts, addiction is a lifelong illness, with relapses occurring even after long periods of abstinence or sobriety. Addiction is rarely arrested without the help of an addiction treatment center.

Addiction Tue, 14 Mar 2006 03:00:00 +0000
Addiction Genetics Addiction and Genetics - the role of genetic research in advancing the field of addiction treatment, and the relationship between genetics and addiction. The following article describes the synergism between addictive liability and genetics based on years of study and continuing research. The field of genetics has seen major advances in the last 20 years, and researchers are beginning to identify specific genes that seem to have specific bearing on the addictive potential of substances and behaviors in the human body.

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Teen Addiction teen drug addictionTeen addiction is a dangerous problem facing parents and society at large. More and more adults are taking potentially dangerous and addictive prescription medications, and more and more teens are getting into their parent's medicine cabinets and experimenting with mood-altering drugs. Teens today may have easier access to drugs than alcohol. Teen addiction is a major concern, growing with each passing year.

The following article describes some of the issues with teen addiction, how it begins, and tips on how to recognize, prevent, and treat teen addiction.

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