Archives for Addiction and Rehab

The Three Circles of Addiction Recovery

The three circles is a diagram, and tool, that is encouraged by addiction therapists to help recovering addicts identify and define various gateway behavior that can lead to a relapse. First described in a 1991 publication by Sex Addicts Anonymous, the three circles have been adapted and used by treatment programmes and 12 step groups who work with people with substance addiction, as well as process addictions.1 The Three Circles Diagram The three circles look like a concentric, two dimensional diagram with three concentric circles, with an inner, a middle and an outer circle. Although aesthetically it looks like a
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Genetics and Addiction

Addiction is highly complex that can be associated with environmental and genetic factors. Often, whether behavioral- or substance-driven, addictions are frequently chronic and have a common course which includes cycles of abstinence and relapse. Genetic researchers are making strides in trying to clarify the origins of addiction and whether or not a person's genes could lead to a predisposition to addiction, especially substance misuse and dependence. Researchers hope to be able to identify new therapeutic methods in addition to improved treatment response and overall prevention. Substance and Process Addictions Characterized by compulsive, uncontrolled use of an activity or substance, addiction
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Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

Healthy Ways to Manage Stress The world is filled with stressors and everyone will experience them at one point or another. From financial strain, overbearing bosses and relationship issues, stress can occur on a frequent basis or out of nowhere. Although there is evidence which shows small bursts of stress can be a good thing, there are also studies which have found persistent long term stress is unhealthy; leading to inflammation, heart problems, muscle pain, depression and even the altercation of your genetic makeup. In the case of an addiction, stress can be one of the biggest factors for an
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Common Opiate Drugs

Most Common Opiate Drugs Opiate based abuse and addiction is a global problem. It not only affects individuals and their loved ones, but society as a whole. Between 26.4 and 36 million people around the world abuse the most common opiates like hydrocodone and morphine. The consequences of this abuse include overdoses and deaths; both of which have skyrocketed in the previous decade. Classes of Opiates Opiate is often used to describe opioid as well. Technically, opiate refers to the naturally occurring alkaloids found in opium; the resin of the opium poppy. Semi synthetic substances which are derived also from
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What is 2C-I

What is 2C-I First it was bath salts and then K-2 or synthetic marijuana; now there’s a new designer drug enticing mostly naive teenagers and college students. Known as 2C-I, or smiles, this drug combines the effects of stimulants and hallucinogens. It was created sometime in the early 2000’s by the well know synthetic drug creator Alexander Shulgin. The drug is within the family of other 2C drugs such as 2C- T, 2C-B and 2CT-7. All are illegal, dangerous and because little to no research has been carried out on them, short and long term effects of use and abuse
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Risks of Poly Drug Use

The Alarming Risks of Poly Drug Use Using and abusing one single drug carries an immense number of risks; however when multiple drugs are combined together at the same time, these same risks can increase ten-fold. With the global rise in drug abuse and addiction as a whole, it has become increasingly common for users to combine multiple drugs for enhanced effects.  Known as poly rug use, it’s trendy on a social level especially in adolescents and in people under thirty. However in Europe, poly drug use is seen more frequently in and men and women between 30 and 60.
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How to Love and Support Someone in Recovery

How to Love and Support Someone in Recovery As a family member of someone in recovery from an addiction you may think rehab is the most important part. You may even believe once a rehab program is complete, everything will go back to “normal”, or the pre-addiction phase you long for. In reality, this is only the beginning. Recovering from an addiction is a lengthy process which will encompass triumphant moments and hardships. Anyone wishing to maintain sobriety will need to be determined and committed to his or her recovery. To aid in this, as a loved one, it will
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How a Drug Addiction Can Affect Your Career

How a Drug Addiction Can Affect Your Career You may already know how devastating an addiction can be. Perhaps you know someone who has been affected by drug or alcohol abuse; maybe you are suffering yourself. In any case, addiction is a serious issue which can take a toll on life and significantly affect your career. In fact there is no single career that an addiction will not destroy. Even the most elite, exclusive, high profile positions can be ruined in a very short time. If you do not want to succumb to an addiction, the best choice you can
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When Can a Withdrawal Kill?

When Can a Withdrawal Kill? Any drug use can be dangerous, even deadly. Chronic abuse can cause a depletion of health, organ damage, depression, cognitive impairment and death. You most likely are familiar with these potential risks; however, what you may not know is that a drug withdrawal can be deadly too. From Addiction to Withdrawal Upon the continuation of drug use, which includes alcohol, the body becomes familiar with the substance. The brain has adjusted to the frequency of the drug and will trigger a variety of chemical reactions which cause you to have cravings whenever you are not
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Can Addiction Cause Seizures?

Most people are familiar with seizures; in fact, you may have even seen a person fall into one at some point in your life. Seizures are most commonly associated with epilepsy, a chronic neurological disorder which causes recurrent, unprovoked seizures. However, what many don’t know is that addiction can cause seizures too. Not only is a withdrawal a high risk time for seizures, but an individual can have one after their first time ever using a drug. Drug Induced Seizures When a person binges or uses drugs in excess amounts, seizures can occur. In some cases, they happen right before
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