As a nation, we need to look at how we are providing treatment and recovery support to those struggling with this disease. While some of the medications approved to treat addiction have been abused or misused, there are non-addictive options including naltrexone and its extended-release formulation
So there must be more to addiction than just pleasure. Certainly pleasure opens the doorway to addiction, but it doesn't exactly push people through and then lock the door behind them. So what does drive certain people toward addictive substances and behaviors over and over, even when their lives are disintegrating as a result?
Addiction is a strong word. I've never been addicted to anything. I've never done drugs. I don't drink so it's never been able to get excessive
Try and assess the ratio of positive to negative comments you make to each other. Chances are, you may need to make some adjustments in that regard, if you value your significant other and hope to celebrate many more love and romance-filled Valentine's Days together.
I will never be able to turn my attention away from addiction. It's time to start facing addiction with the urgency these deeply disturbing statistics demand and asking ourselves tougher questions -- and demanding better answers -- than ever before.
Although I still aspire to possess superpowers, there is something that has made the feelings of powerlessness palatable and it was initially, totally, undesirable: yoga.
There was a time when I attributed my recovery from addiction solely to God or a "higher power." I was grateful to have been saved from the hell of l...
So on this soberthday (I like that word. I know I'm not the first to use it -- kudos to whoever thought it up.), the only gifts are those sobriety gives me and, in turn, what sobriety allows me to give to those around me.
Hacking into your auto-pilot is the antidote to habit formation. It is not initially rewarding, and often painful to build our self-awareness. Like solving the great mystery of you; collecting evidence, and looking for clues. It takes patience and courage.
Drug treatment courts are a feel good innovation for advocates of criminal justice reform that is misleading the public into believing that judges are wiser than doctors concerning the treatment of those with substance use disorder.
Smoking addiction is a contagious disease spread by tobacco companies through high-nicotine cigarettes. Evidence suggests that lowering nicotine levels is an important way to give smokers a better chance to escape the trap set for them by addiction.
For most people these things are encouraging... even motivational! For me though, I've come to realize the importance of NOT pushing myself.
Another day goes by, another mainstream media report about domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse and the statistics. The big-ticket items ...
Rather than wait for juvenile justice system involvement or a tragic, preventable early death, the time is now to expand community-based resources that can support young people in their recovery journeys.
Alive shouldn't be a relative term, but living is implicit when you use heroin. Opiate addicts function in limbo, in a state similar to the walking de...
After reading the criteria and the symptoms, if you believe you may have ADHD you should speak with your primary care doctor or establish an evaluation with a psychiatrist.