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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – WHEN DRUG ABUSE IS LEGAL

Prescription Drugs. Drug abuse is no longer limited to illegal drugs or hard drugs like heroine, tik or cocaine. One of the most dangerous and rising forms of drug abuse is legal, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. From cough syrups and painkillers to sleep medicine and prescription tranquilisers; these socially accepted drugs are cheap, accessible and addictive […]

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Why is anger an obstacle in recovery

Why is anger an obstacle in recovery. A person in recovery may face any number of challenges to their recovery process. Some of these challenges are external, we have problems with our family, friends and in our careers. Our financial situation may change, or our health may fail us. Other problems are a bit harder […]

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SEX AND PORN ADDICTION

Definition of Sex Addiction Sex and porn addiction can refer to a range of behaviours that are done in excess and significantly impact one’s life in a negative way. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V (DSM-5) does not list sex addiction as a diagnosable condition yet, but research indicates that there is a […]

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What Is Drug Addiction?

What Is Drug Addiction? Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and behaviour. When you’re addicted to drugs, you can’t resist the urge to use them, no matter how much harm the drugs may cause. Drug addiction isn’t about just heroin, cocaine, or other illegal drugs. You can get addicted to alcohol, nicotine, opioid painkillers, and other legal substances. Drug addiction is a complex […]

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Cough Syrup Epidemic

What is Lean? COUGH SYRUP EPIDEMIC. Lean is the street name for cough syrup containing codeine mixed with soft drinks. The drug is becoming more common in everyday use. It is popular among adolescents and young adults in lower income areas. The drug is freely available at such a low price that it is exceedingly […]

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GAMBLING ADDICTION

A gambling addiction is a progressive addiction that can have many negative psychological, physical, and social repercussions. It is classed as an impulse-control disorder. It is included in the American Psychiatric Association (APA’s) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition (DSM-5). Problem gambling is harmful to psychological and physical health. People who live with this addiction […]

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The Connection Between Fear And The Disease Of Addiction

What is fear? What is the connection between fear and the disease of addiction? Fear is often referred to as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm. It can also be perceived as being afraid of something or someone as likely to be dangerous, painful or harmful. Fear can cause […]

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TREATMENT AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

TREATMENT AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT. The whole family worries when a member is in trouble. While the afflicted person might be absorbed in a downward spiral, the family is consumed with concern for the addicted member’s safety, emotional well-being, mental health and physical health. Everyone in the extended family worries that the addicted person will drink […]

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The Four Stages of Alcoholism

THE FOUR STAGES OF ALCOHOLISM   If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be an alcoholic, then recognizing the stages of alcoholism may help you weigh the options available to you for detoxification and treatment. The four phases of alcoholism were defined by E. Morton Jellinek, a scientific researcher who did […]

EXPLAINING ADDICTION TO NON-ADDICTS

EXPLAINING ADDICTION TO NON-ADDICTS. Drug addiction is a chronic, progressive condition, one that has far-reaching implications for addicts and their loved ones alike, and it’s not easy for non-addicts to fully grasp the destructive and all-consuming cycle of addiction. Often, non-addicts assume that people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are merely weak or without […]