Treatment Options For Addiction & Alcoholism

Treatment Options For Addiction & Alcoholism

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving sustained recovery from addiction. Everyone develops their addiction for unique biological, psychological and social reasons. The harm that addiction causes is specific to those involved as well. Successful addiction treatment incorporates multiple components targeting aspects of the illness and its consequences. Achieving abstinence come first. For addicts this may involve medically supervised detoxification to relieve the sometimes-life-threatening physical effects of withdrawal. Some people who enter treatment may benefit from medication that reestablishes normal brain function, diminishes cravings, or treats coexisting mental health problems. Medication-assisted treatment therapies such as methadone, suboxone, or vivitrol may be prescribed. Mental health therapy is another possible component in a… Read More

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Cutting & Self-Harm

Cutting & Self-Harm

During the teen years we develop coping mechanisms to handle stressful events and emotions. However cutting and other types of self-harm are increasingly being seen as acceptable coping methods for adolescent girls and boys. This may mean cutting the arms, legs or stomach, burning the skin, scratching or hitting oneself, or even intentionally breaking bones. While these behaviors are alarming and cause for concern, they are generally meant to make the person feel better not to cause death. The term used to describe this type of behavior is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury or NSSI. The most common type of NSSI is cutting to inflict injury, and people who do this are sometimes… Read More

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Masculine Vulnerability

Masculine Vulnerability

There’s a lot of talk right now about Toxic Masculinity but did you know that there is a type of masculinity that not enough men are bringing to the table? It’s called Masculine Vulnerability and it’s a critical part of building rapport with others. As young boys, we’re often taught that we are only entitled to two types of feelings: happiness or anger. To express fear, or sadness or vulnerability of any kind is a form of weakness that we should feel ashamed of. We then grow up to become men who don’t allow ourselves to feel a large array of feelings. If we do actually have different feelings (which… Read More

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Methamphetamine Withdrawal

Methamphetamine Withdrawal

While the physical symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal are not as bad as the symptoms associated with quitting other types of drugs, it’s not fun either. Although methamphetamine is not usually considered a strongly physically addictive drug, common withdrawal symptoms may still include restlessness, fatigue, irregular sleep schedule, and hunger. One may have some intense psychological withdrawal symptoms when coming off methamphetamine. In fact, it is such symptoms that make quitting methamphetamine more difficult than you might think. The severity of symptoms will depend on factors such as how long you were using meth, how much you used every day and whether or not you have any medical conditions. Following your… Read More

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Alcoholism

Alcoholism

Althоugh it’s legal, аlсоhоl іѕ іndееd a drug and a vеrу аddісtіvе, роwеrful drug аt that.  Alсоhоl is a dерrеѕѕаnt thаt ѕlоwѕ thе brаіn аnd bоdу, аnd can rеѕult іn harmful consequences if tоо much оf the ѕubѕtаnсе іѕ соnѕumеd аt аnу gіvеn tіmе.  Alcohol аbuѕе differs frоm alcoholism, іn thаt a реrѕоn саn аbuѕе аlсоhоl and ѕtіll nоt be рhуѕісаllу dependent. Alсоhоlіѕm, оn the оthеr hаnd, ѕіgnіfіеѕ an unmanageable соmрulѕіоn or craving tо continue соnѕuming аlсоhоl no matter what the circumstance.  Nonetheless, аlсоhоl abuse іѕ still very dangerous, wіth symptoms іnсludіng lасk оf concentration, sleeping рrоblеmѕ, guіlt or shame about drіnkіng, regular hаngоvеrѕ or blасkоutѕ, dаmаgеd rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ, careers and… Read More

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Addicted To Gaming

Addicted To Gaming

Human beings respond to a reward system.  In essence, this system helps to cement positive behavior with pleasurable stimuli and discourage adverse behavior with negative reinforcement. At the center of the reward system is the idea of motivation. Motivation may be intrinsic, that is, inherently pleasing or extrinsic which requires conditioning and learned actions. These motivations control the various decisions we make in life from eating to taking drugs to gaming. It would appear on the surface that the rewarding nature of gaming is understood simply as a finite matter of wins and losses. However, the greater the incentives, the more motivation one must continue playing. Monetize game play and… Read More

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