Am I in a Toxic Relationship?
If you’re trying to figure out whether or not your relationship is toxic, you may already have the answer to your question. Nine times out of ten, if you are asking yourself “am I in a toxic relationship,” that is not a positive sign. If you are wondering if your relationship is toxic, here […]
I Can Use Other Stuff as Long as It’s Not My Drug of Choice, Right?
As an addict myself, I can say that getting sober wasn’t easy. The first couple of times I went to treatment was under threat from my parents, they said I wouldn’t be allowed to live with them anymore if I didn’t go to rehab. So, I went, but staying sober never lasted very long. Fast […]
Do E-Cigarettes Prevent the Production of New Brain Cells?
Most e-cig consumers have been informed that e-cigs contain nicotine and nicotine is an addictive drug. E-cig smokers are not informed that nicotine is the leading gateway drug to other drugs including opioids and methamphetamine. In addition, e-cigs are marketed as a viable detoxification from or way to taper off of traditional cigarettes without any […]
Detox vs. Recovery
You’ll Starve If You Just Get Detoxed: You’ll Feast for Life with Recovery Detoxification is like a few small appetizers before a multicourse meal and is very short lived and essentially useless without recovery. Recovery is the antipasto salad, the mixed green salad, the pasta, several entrees, and dessert. Detoxification is a thin slice in time and […]
Anabolic Steroid Use: How it Affects Your Brain and Body
What are Anabolic Steroids? Anabolic steroids are derivatives of testosterone. This is the abbreviated version of the full name, anabolic-androgenic steroids. “Anabolic” means it helps build muscle, and “androgenic” means it increases male sex characteristics. Anabolic steroids are frequently referred to as Roids, Stackers, Gear, and Juice. Most people who illegally use steroids are male weight-lifters […]
Compulsive gambling, pathological gambling, gambling disorder, or gambling addiction is a repetitive self-defeating behavior that is associated with similar if not the same psychosocial and physical consequences as those related to narcotic stimulant drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine. For example, gambling cocaine and meth addictions are: associated with suicide and death used to combat […]
The Toxic Relationship Between Depression and Addiction
It’s no surprise that depression and addiction are closely related, as both conditions feed into each other in addition to having a cause and effect type of relationship. The toxic relationship between depression and addiction is hard to understand, as many symptoms of both conditions are similar in nature. When looking into a mental health […]
Substance Abuse in College: A Vicious Cycle
College is often associated with a culture of binge drinking, partying, and drug experimentation. It’s no secret that alcoholism and drug use are generally accepted in college and universities as a type of subculture. College culture is more or less reduced to beer pong, reckless behaviors, experimenting with drugs, tailgates, smoking weed, and taking pills— […]
How To Overcome Cravings: A Step-by-Step Guide
Recovery holds some hardships, as you are on your way to rebuilding your life and the way that you’re living. Addiction recovery makes a drug or alcohol free life easier to live than your old life, which is why the changes you make in treatment will have lasting benefits.During addiction treatment and during recovery, you […]
The Emotional Spectrum
Many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to exploring their emotions, as they could feel a million different ways or not able to identify really how they’re feeling. In recovery, one of the greatest gifts (and challenges) is getting our emotions back. Active addiction leaves us in a state of numbness, where we may have […]