Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin is a derivative of opium which affects the reward centers in the brain initially producing a rush of euphoria and providing pain relief. Those effects are short lived however, and as a tolerance to the drug develops, people take it again and again in greater and greater doses hoping to find the same effect.  Continued of heroin and a user can expect a host of health issues including, high risk for hepatitis C and HIV, dental problems, chronic respiratory illness, sexual impotence, skin issues, and depression. Heroin use is also associated with higher risks of being incarcerated, being the victim of a violent crime, and early death. The powerfully… Read More

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Trauma In People With Addiction

Trauma in People with Addiction

Traumatic events can leave a person feeling unstable long after the event has passed. Sometimes trauma can cause post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. PTSD occurs when trauma and associated feelings are not resolved. Symptoms of PTSD include: sleep disturbance, nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, excessive fears, impulsivity and addictive behaviors. People with unresolved trauma often turn to alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate. this may alleviate their stress temporarily but it is never a long-term solution eventually substance abuse becomes yet another source of pain and trouble for an already suffering person. Lifestyle choices can also put a substance abuser in harm’s way far more often than the general public. While… Read More

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The Risks Of Internet Gambling

The Risks of Internet Gambling

The American Psychiatric Association guidelines for diagnosing a gambling addiction doesn’t distinguish between placing bets in a physical location like a casino or race track and over the internet. That being stated, aspects of online gambling make it potentially more addictive and therefore, harder to recover from. Online gambling is available 24/7 via computer or mobile device, anywhere there’s an internet connection. Internet anonymity makes it easier to avoid traditional barriers to participation. This has resulted in a new generation of problem gamblers: teens and young adults, particularly young men. In private, players can easily consume drugs or excessive alcohol which can increase the amount of time spent gambling and… Read More

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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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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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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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