ENABLING BEHAVIOR IN ADDICTION

ENABLING BEHAVIOR IN ADDICTION Dilemma:         “I am the mother of a thirty year old son who is abusing drugs and alcohol. He has been hospitalized and detoxed once and has been through an excellent drug rehab program. However, he quickly relapsed and is again abusing drugs. He has lost his job and is now living with […]

Marijuana Myths and Misconceptions

Given that this is currently such a hot button topic it seemed an appropriate time to address some of the Marijuana myths and misconceptions. In the last week the Constitutional Court of South Africa made a monumental decision. It was decided that the prosecution of marijuana use was unconstitutional and thus over turned a long-standing […]

ADDICTION AS A DISEASE

ADDICTION AS A DISEASE Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. Addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment and memory. It damages various body systems as well as families, relationships, […]

Celebrity Culture: Normalizing Addiction, Recovery and Relapse

Celebrity Culture: Normalizing addiction, recovery and relapse. If you are the type of person who uses any form of social media, follows the news or listens to the radio, there is a good chance that you have heard about the recent relapse of Demi Lovato. The celebrity was found unconscious after an apparent overdose.  And this […]

Women In Recovery

Women often ask themselves, why is it so difficult to recover? Why is it so difficult for women to get clean or come into treatment? Most importantly, why is it difficult for women to stay clean? Women coming into recovery often already feel uncomfortable confronting and being open about their disease. Why is this you […]

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The Beauty of a 12 Step Program

Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The disease of addiction is a chronic, progressive and terminal illness. Without treatment and constant management of the illness, addiction will progress and result in self destruction and possibly death. A 12-Step program […]

Addiction @ 20

Just Having Fun When it comes to dealing with addiction most people don’t know what to do, especially teenagers and young adults. It may just seem like they’re just enjoying their youth, living their life and using drugs and/or alcohol to relate to their peers. Until that person suffers a lot of consequences, they won’t […]

NOT ACCORDING TO PRESCRIPTION

Prescription medicine is indicated to provide relief for specific medical conditions. According to the substance prescribed, a schedule is allocated to make the public aware of the risk factors associated with the substance. This is indicated on the container of the medicine and patients should be aware that from S5 the substance in the medicine […]

Latest Developments in Addiction Research

  The latest developments in drug addiction research particularly in the area of neuro science has made a huge contribution to the “addiction industry” in recent times. A lot of these advances have come from Cambridge University. (It does not get better than that in terms of credibility). According to a recently published article “The […]

Addiction is a family disease

Alcoholism and drug addiction have obvious and well documented effects on chronic substance abusers. Prolonged abuse of drugs and/or alcohol will deteriorate a person’s physical health, impair his or her mental functioning and damage the spirit. But how will these adverse effects impact the addict’s immediate family, and how will the damage manifest itself? Recovery […]

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