Addiction & Relationships

Addiction & Relationships

Addiction & Relationships An addiction is a relationship. When someone is addicted to a substance and/or a behavior, that person is in a relationship with their substance or behavior of choice, the same as if they were involved with a person. Further, the relationship with the object of their addiction is the most important relationship in his/her life. He or she will do anything to protect that relationship and keep it alive, i.e. deny it, lie about it, cover it up, minimize it, blame others, etc. When a person with an addiction enters into a significant relationship, he or she is not entering into that relationship alone. Rather, he or… Read More

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Harm Reduction

What Is Harm Reduction?

What Is Harm Reduction? Harm reduction is an approach to treating addiction that focuses on keeping addicts safe and minimizing death, disease and injury associated with higher risk addictive behavior, while recognizing that the behavior may continue despite the risks. At the conceptual level, harm reduction maintains a value neutral and humanistic view of drug use and the drug user. It focuses on the harms from drug use rather than on the use itself. It does not insist on or object to abstinence and acknowledges the active role of the drug user in harm reduction programs. At the practical level, the aim of harm reduction is to reduce the more… Read More

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Family Roles That Support Addiction

Family Roles That Support Addiction

Family Roles That Support Addiction Nothing exists in a vacuum, in order for addiction to grow and thrive within a family system it takes a village.  Everyone plays a part whether they know it or not. Here are some of the roles people may unwittingly play in enabling an addict to thrive and the feelings they serve to suppress The Addict:  The person with the addiction is the center, and though the key to alcohol and drug addiction recovery, not necessarily the most important in family recovery. The “world” revolves around this person, causing the addict to become the center of attention.  As the roles are defined, the others unconsciously… Read More

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Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Treatment For Opioid Addiction Opioids are оnе оf thе world’s оldеѕt addictive drugs, ѕurраѕѕеd only bу аlсоhоl іn tеrmѕ оf hоw lоng humаnѕ hаvе uѕеd thе ѕubѕtаnсеѕ.  Thеіr роwеrful ability tо mіtіgаtе pain аnd tо make lіfе ѕееm less stressful comes at a tеrrіfуіng рrісе: an opiod аddісtіоn thаt most people саn’t ѕtор wіth their оwn will. The mоѕt сhаllеngіng аѕресt in treating addiction is taking thе fіrѕt ѕtер оf recognizing thаt thеrе is a рrоblеm.  Like many other drugѕ, opioids аrе subtle in thе wау thаt they ѕlоwlу fоrсе thе bоdу tо become рhуѕісаllу dependent uроn thеm. Thаt’ѕ why realizing thаt you or уоur lоvеd one has a рrоblеm… Read More

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Salt Water Therapy

Salt Water Therapy

Salt Water Therapy Sea air & salt water are charged with healthy negative ions that builds our body’s capacity to absorb more oxygen. The use of modern technology exposes us to unhealthy free radicals which erodes our body’s natural energy, but when we are by the sea, we feel energized and relaxed at the same time.  People with sleep disorders are usually asked to be around the sea as often as possible because it induces good sleep. Even walking barefoot on sand neutralizes the impact of free radicals in our body as sand contains minerals required by humans. This induces favorable physiological changes that promote good health, boosts our immune… Read More

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Unhealthy Eating Habits & Addiction

Unhealthy Eating Habits & Addiction

Unhealthy Eating Habits & Addiction Any of us can be affected by unhealthy eating habits.  Making things worse, we must eat to live. While food addiction makes us feel that we live to eat, there are ways to break free from food addiction. The first step is to acknowledge that a problem exists. We also need to understand that food addiction is just like any other addiction: cigarettes, drugs and alcohol, etc. While moderation is the key here, it is also the problem faced in most addictions.  For those who suffer from food addiction, an all or nothing approach tips the balance into deeper addictive patterns. All or nothing thinking… Read More

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