Gateway drugs are substances that, when consumed, give way to harder, more dangerous drugs. These milder substances, such as nicotine or alcohol, are believed to open the door to drugs such as meth, heroin and cocaine, which can lead to addiction. Marijuana, alcohol, nicotine and other gateway drugs boost dopamine levels, which increases pleasure. The […]

Drug and Rehab Centre

Get Professional Help from a Trusted Drug and Rehab Centre

There seems to be a stigma attached to the idea of going to rehab. The way that drug and rehab centres are portrayed in the media, certainly does not help in breaking that stigma. And the reality is that if you have not had a direct encounter with someone who has been through the rehabilitation […]

Alcohol Abuse

Effects of Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Addiction

Car accidents. Violent arguments. Blackouts. You may be familiar with these examples of the most common consequences of alcohol abuse. They are the kinds of incidences that are reported in the media and spoken about in social circles. But the effects of alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction go far beyond the physical symptoms. In this […]


5 Facts about Drug Addiction

Drug addiction has made an indelible mark on the global psyche. It affects millions. And the nature of drug addiction means that the harm it causes goes far beyond the addict and his/her immediate family. Whether directly or indirectly, it affects colleagues, acquaintances and even absolute strangers.  At its most granular level, addiction has arguably […]

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What is codependency?

Codependency is defined as: an excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically one who requires support on account of an illness or addiction. It affects an individual’s capacity to have healthy, mutually satisfying relationships. Who is affected by codependency? When growing up in a family where one or both parents are unreliable or […]

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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 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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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 […]


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 […]


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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