Addiction

How the Trigger Process Works

How the Trigger Process Works

The word “trigger” is commonly used in the context of addiction and recovery, as the trigger process is unavoidable, and it can influence relapse. Everyone who is going through treatment and recovery should understand the trigger process: what a trigger is, why they occur, how the process works and how to minimize or manage triggers to prevent relapse. Once someone knows what triggers are, she must accept the fact that she cannot avoid them, but she can address and resist them as she grows...

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How Naloxone Saves Lives

How Naloxone Saves Lives

It is estimated that globally, over 69,000 people die from opioid overdose each year. Naloxone is a drug that can save the lives of these individuals, as it works to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone: About the Drug Naloxone is an overdose reversing narcotic substance. Common types of drugs derived from opium, or opioids, include: heroin, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphine, buprenorphine, codeine and oxycodone. The drug’s brand name is Narcan and is...

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How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

When thinking about the differences between men and women, it is common to first consider the obvious, physical features that separate one sex from the other. While genetics and biochemical features are fairly easy to observe when it comes to facial hair, chest size and sexual anatomy, the impact these features have on the brain are far less understood. Sure, there are plenty of stereotypes for gender-specific behaviors and mood related to one’s estrogen and testosterone levels, but...

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Is There Such a Thing as Drug-Induced Stoicism?

Is There Such a Thing as Drug-Induced Stoicism?

Addiction can be described as an emotional and attachment disorder. It has many properties and characteristics of these interpersonal concerns, and it both contributes to and stems from a person’s personal and relational past. Individuals may turn to drugs to let go of emotions or to feel more engaged in them; in fact, as Addiction as an Attachment Disorder explains, individuals “have become increasingly reliant on psychoactive substances to help them manage the fears and difficulties...

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How Addictive Is Nicotine?

How Addictive Is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical found in tobacco products, such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Although nicotine and tobacco use is legal, dependence and addiction are common. Use comes with potentially severe health consequences. Continuing to use a substance despite experiencing negative effects associated with use is one of the clearest signs of addiction. Who Uses Nicotine? Anyone can become addicted to nicotine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports,...

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How Does the Internet Affect Process Addictions?

How Does the Internet Affect Process Addictions?

Addiction occurs when an individual loses control over a behavior or action and continues to engage in it despite experiencing negative consequences. While addictions to substances are most well known and recognizable, behavioral or process addictions also exist. “Introduction to Behavioral Addictions,” published in the August 2010 issue of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, states that, “The essential feature of behavioral addictions is the failure to resist an impulse,...

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The Dangers of Using Contaminated Drugs

The Dangers of Using Contaminated Drugs

Many people use drugs of some sort, regardless of whether these drugs are prescribed or are being used recreationally. However, there are dangers associated with both kinds of use, especially if the drugs are contaminated. Dangers of Contaminated Drugs Drugs can become contaminated in many ways: at the factories, on the streets, and in the homes of dealers and producers. The dangers of drug contamination are very real and can include the following: Negative reactions – If a drug is...

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How Does the Internet Affect Process Addiction?

How Does the Internet Affect Process Addiction?

Process addictions are especially complicated to treat, because relapse may happen so easily. When people are addicted to drugs or alcohol, they can avoid substances to stay clean, but process addicts may face temptation almost hourly, especially if they have access to the Internet. The Internet is a wonderful tool, but it can easily tempt process addicts to seek out whatever behavior ensnares them. If you suffer from a process addiction, be particularly careful to avoid websites that could...

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What Happens during an Opiate Overdose?

Opiates are central nervous system (CNS) depressants that work by slowing down brain activity. They bind to brain receptors to block pain messages from traveling back-and-forth between cells. In doing so, users are less sensitive to pain and other sensations that the brain manages. While this is useful for serious problems, large amounts of opiates can slow down brain activity so much that the brain and entire body endure problems, permanent injury such as brain damage and even death. If you or...

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What Happens during a Benzodiazepine Overdose?

What Happens during a Benzodiazepine Overdose?

Benzodiazepines are some of the most commonly abused drugs in the world, as their tranquilizing effects produce feelings of relaxation and ease. These psychoactive drugs work by depressing the central nervous system to help calm down individuals who are suffering from anxiety disorders, sleep problems, and even travel-induced panic attacks. Despite many reports, it is extremely easy to overdose on this particular class of drugs, as the effects can quickly come on strong and cause serious...

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Repercussions of Positive Drug Tests in Newborns

Repercussions of Positive Drug Tests in Newborns

When a newborn tests positive for illicit drugs, federal guidelines require a plan to keep the infant safe and provide needed services. Laws Governing Substance-Exposed Newborns Public health workers became widely concerned with the number of infants exposed to illicit drugs in the midst of the crack epidemic in the 1980s, according to a 2004 report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2003, the federal government passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA),...

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Recovery Challenges Facing Fathers

Recovery Challenges Facing Fathers

Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction can be incredibly difficult for anyone, but fathers have unique difficulties with recovery. They must face the consequences of addiction not only in their own lives, but also in the lives of the rest of their families. While working on their own internal struggles, fathers have to rebuild broken relationships, so it is imperative that they seek help as soon as possible to restore balance. How Relationships Keep Fathers from Addiction Recovery One of the...

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