Causes

The causes of 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 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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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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How Can Digital Drug Use Lead to Addiction

How Can Digital Drug Use Lead to Addiction

Digital drugs, known also as binaural beats, are sound recordings that can induce drug-like experiences just by listening to them. While the technology behind binaural beats has been around for more than a century, recently it has only been used as a recreational drug. Easy distribution of digital drug MP3s via the internet has lead to a massive increase in the popularity of these sounds, but concern has also increased among parents and mental health professionals about long-term use. Seek help...

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How Negative Feelings about Sexual Orientation Contribute to Drug Abuse

How Negative Feelings about Sexual Orientation Contribute to Drug Abuse

If you have ever felt conflicted about your sexual identity, negative feelings, bullied, or confused you know these emotions can leave you conflicted about who you are. These types of inner conflicts are often largely to blame for depression and alcoholism becoming a part of the life of the conflicted individual. Your negative feelings can have an impact on your drug abuse or alcoholism. How can the way that you feel about your sexual orientation lead you down the dark path of...

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Flight Attendants and Addiction

Flight Attendants and Addiction

Flight attendants are in a career that has increased risk for addiction. While the effects of addiction are detrimental to any person, flight attendants risk the safety of other individuals in addition to their own, while working. Finding suitable addiction treatment can help a flight attendant overcome addiction and continue living a healthy life. Why Are Flight Attendants at High Risk for Addiction? Flight attendants fall into a high-risk career category for substance abuse and addiction....

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The Role of Dopamine in Addiction Development

The Role of Dopamine in Addiction Development

Dopamine is possibly one of the most powerful chemicals, as it dictates your level of happiness and sense of success. Without it, your mood and behavior might take a drastic turn for the worse. As a neurotransmitter, dopamine sends signals to the other nerves in the brain to signal success. For example, getting an A+ on a test will make you feel rewarded, because the brain releases dopamine upon seeing your grade, which signals other nerves that something positive happened. Without this kind of...

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Painkiller Addiction after a Work-Related Injury

Painkiller Addiction after a Work-Related Injury

Painkiller addiction is one of the most insidious and frustrating types of chemical dependency. The majority of people who find themselves with this disease never intended to act recklessly and never sought out a high. Many simply filled a legitimate prescription for painkillers after surgery or an injury and then found that when it came time to stop taking their pills they just couldn’t. If you are experiencing a painkiller addiction following a work-related injury we can help you today. How...

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Childhood Mental Health Leading to Addiction in Adulthood

Childhood Mental Health Leading to Addiction in Adulthood

Childhood can be a tumultuous time. It can be even more difficult if you are exposed to abuse, neglect or trauma. A child’s mental health may not be taken seriously by adults, but childhood trauma rarely stays in the past. Problems that begin during childhood can lead to addiction as an adult. If you are an adult living with unresolved trauma and addiction, rehab and counseling can help you address mental health issues in a healthy way. How Childhood Trauma Causes Addiction The following are...

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