Ego_Addiction

Addiction & Ego

  Many of us identify with our ego, the self that is attached to everything around us. The self that takes offense to others negative comments about us and identifies when we have been harmed in word or deed. The self that experiences the world on a personal level. This self-attaches to everything in relation to your ego, positive or negative. The world at this level is ego based and never neutral. Things are either good or bad. Often people abuse drugs as an attempt to reach this higher spiritual plane and seek to have ego-less experiences, but instead, get trapped in the ego because instead of removing oneself from… Read More

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Doing What You Love

Doing What You Love

  Doing what you love is an important part of one’s recovery. A successful career choice allows one to express passions and earn income. Working for one company for decades and then retiring with a pension, as past generations did, is history. Corporate loyalty is gone, replaced by a freelance marketplace in which everyone is always hustling for the next project or the next client. Today, when creating a career in any field, you want to find as many ways as you can to generate income. It could be considered ‘taking care of yourself’ by connecting with your passion in life and finding a way to monetize it, in order… Read More

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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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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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