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The Effects of Hallucinogenic Drugs

How do Hallucinogens Work? Classic hallucinogens are thought to produce their perception-altering effects by acting on neural circuits in the brain that use the neurotransmitter serotonin (Passie, 2008; Nichols, 2004; Schindler, 2012; Lee, 2012). Specifically, some of their most prominent effects occur in the prefrontal cortex—an area involved in mood, cognition, and perception—as well as […]

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RELATIONSHIPS IN RECOVERY

Relationships and addiction Living with active addiction creates extraordinary relationship challenges and does considerable damage to significant relationships—with partners, parents, children, other family members, and close friends. When you enter recovery, it’s natural to want to repair this damage as soon as possible, and your impulse might be to try to do just that. However, […]

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGGRESSION AND ADDICTION

Aggression, in the form of anger, frequently manifests in people with addiction problems. If you do not believe this is true, look to science, which tells us that there is a definite correlation between aggression and addiction. The Psychiatric Times reports, “The tendency to engage in violent behaviour is a potentially important risk factor for […]

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Dangers of Marijuana

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S., with an astonishing 22.2 million people in America actively using the drug in July, 2016 alone. While long-term problems and withdrawal symptoms are major concerns to those working to help people with marijuana use disorders, one of the biggest issues is the fact that people […]

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Recovery From Disordered Eating

What is an Eating Disorder Simply put, an eating disorder is a set of abnormal behaviours around food and eating that have a negative impact on a person’s mental health and physical well-being. They are characterised by an obsession around food and body weight, or body composition. These behaviours are indicative of trying to manage […]

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Drug Induced Psychosis

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, psychosis refers to an episode in which an individual has a break from reality. This often includes but doesn’t require, delusions, or false beliefs that are firmly held despite clear evidence to the contrary, and hallucinations. About 3 in every 100 people will experience at least one […]

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Rebuilding Relationships in Recovery

What is a healthy relationship? A relationship is often considered to be a close friendship between two people. This can either be between friends, colleagues or a romantic relationship where two people are intimately involved.  A healthy relationship should bring out the best in you and make you feel good about yourself. Relationships can have […]

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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 […]