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International Views on Drug Use

International Views on Drug Use
Many people abuse drugs in the world today, and this number is increasing constantly. Different countries have different cultural beliefs about addiction, and they also have different ways of dealing with addicts. Some of these views on drug abuse and addicts help people more than others do, but professional treatment can help anyone get and stay clean. US Views on Addiction In America,...

Hair-Pulling Disorders, Body Image and D...

Hair-Pulling Disorders, Body Image and Depression
Most people do not identify hair-pulling as a sign of a mental health disorder. It usually is not until a person researches disorders that he or she discovers that hair-pulling can be a symptom or actual disorder all on its own. Hair-pulling disorders frequently co-occur with body image issues and depression. Any one of these issues can trigger or exacerbate the other; e.g. body image...

Intrapersonal Causes of Relapse

Intrapersonal Causes of Relapse
Intrapersonal factors are those which occur within the individual. They are related to the self and the mind and may be indirectly influenced by outside forces but are otherwise internal. Some intrapersonal factors that relate to substance use, addiction, and relapse include the following: Optimism Hope Self-esteem Self-efficacy Coping skills Individuals who feel lonely or depressed...

Interpersonal Causes of Relapse

Interpersonal Causes of Relapse
After people complete rehab, they will still face many challenges to their newly found sobriety. In fact, many recovering addicts find that life after rehab is the most challenging part of recovery, especially as they face many problems that encourage them to drink or do drugs once more. Of these many challenges, interpersonal issues can quickly destroy what recovering addicts have...

What Are Street Names for Painkillers?

What Are Street Names for Painkillers?
Painkiller abuse is on the rise. From teenagers raiding the medicine cabinets of friends and family members, to adults looking for an escape from stress, anxiety, and chronic pain, there is hardly a demographic that is not impacted by painkiller abuse. While the abuse of painkillers does permeate our society, all addicts still have the strong compulsion to hide their addiction. This is...

Am I Overly Dependent on Alcohol?

Am I Overly Dependent on Alcohol?
Alcohol is a part of mainstream American life. Alcohol is frequently served at holidays and special occasions. Alcohol is also available at many social events, family gatherings, and weekend picnics. Some business engagements include alcohol and people often enjoy a class of wine or beer at their evening meal. Your personal relationship with alcohol is just that, personal. You can,...

Actors and Addiction

Actors and Addiction
While being an actor doesn’t make one more prone to addiction, the lifestyle of famous actors can make the disease more likely. With increased money and ample free time, celebrities may be able to obtain drugs and use them with impunity. However, if these actors seek professional treatment, they can control their drug use and get clean. Celebrity Actors and Substance Abuse Several...

How Relationships Can Trigger a Relapse

How Relationships Can Trigger a Relapse
Just as there are infinite varieties of relationships, there are limitless ways in which relationships may trigger relapse in a recovering addict. Addicts in recovery should be conscious of their patterns in relationships and identify and address emotional and psychological triggers before they lead to relapse. Drug Using Friends and Other Toxic Relationships The most obvious...

Five Potential Relapse Triggers

Five Potential Relapse Triggers
Learning to deal with physical stress and managing your health is part of recovery. It is easy to be overzealous after leaving treatment and become involved doing many different activities, but keeping activity levels at a maintainable level will be healthier in the long run. Try to do too much and you may become overwhelmed and tempted to relapse. Eating a healthy diet is also an...

Chronic Pain, Depression and Relapse

Chronic Pain, Depression and Relapse
Pain management can be tricky for a recovering addict. Treatment for pain usually involves prescription opioid painkillers which are highly addictive and are hazardous for those with a history of addiction. In these cases doctors will usually try to find an alternative medication for the management of pain. When prescribing medication doctors must weigh the risks of side effects such as...

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