How to Help an Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help

Have you found out that a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol? Have you confronted them about their addiction? Perhaps they have refused treatment. Maybe they do not even admit that they have a problem. When a friend or loved one simply does not want help, it can be devastating and incredibly painful…

The Most Addictive Drugs

All addictive drugs are different chemically and produce different effects. However, all drugs are same in one major way: they take control of the brain’s normal functioning. In other words, they change the brain’s response to memory, judgement, emotions, and more. Addictive drugs also share another trait: their use produces cravings. These cravings come before…

Is There an End in Sight for the Current Heroin Epidemic?

It’s no secret that the drug epidemic in America is rising, most notably in the form of heroin use. Heroin has been an addictive drug for a long time, and the number of people using heroin has increased in this country, particularly in areas like Palm Beach.  Also, there are many factors that make heroin…

A Message to Adult Children of Alcoholics

Many children grow up in alcoholic households, and this sometimes causes them harm later in life. We refer to these people as adult children of alcoholics. This term isn’t meant to sound derogatory. It doesn’t imply that these individuals are childish or that they haven’t matured in their adulthood. The term simply refers to adults…

Tapping Into Your Emotions In Addiction Recovery

They say the good thing about sobriety is that you get your feelings back. Of course, the bad thing about sobriety is that you get your feelings back. Emotions are not bad in and of themselves, but they can be difficult to manage. This becomes even harder after years of self-medicating. We numb ourselves using…

Can Personalized Medicine Prevent Addiction?

The Human Genome Project, launched in 1990, endeavored to map all genes in human DNA in order to determine their function. To this day, no biological project of its scale has existed. When the Human Genome Project wrapped in 2003, researchers began working to discover how their findings might benefit human beings everywhere. Their decision…

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Synthetic Marijuana How Using It Affects the Brain

Table of Contents Commonly known as spice or K2, many drug users enjoy synthetic marijuana for its ease of accessibility and general legality. Many might be aware that spice has been banned a couple of times already, but manufacturers are able to easily skirt around this issue by just slightly changing the chemical compound. And…

Finding Serenity with PTSD in Addiction

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often seems to go hand-in-hand with addiction. This is especially true of addicts in the military, but PTSD is not exclusive to such individuals. Some addicts suffer traumatic abuse during childhood. Others suffer near-fatal injuries as a result of alcohol-induced car accidents. These experiences change people. Occasionally this is enough to…

Narcissism: It’s Roots in Drug Addiction and Dependence

There’s no shortage of people on this earth who suffer from a dangerously inflated sense of ego. Sometimes our ego tells us that we are better than others. Strangely, however, our ego sometimes manifests itself in negative ways. For instance, ego is what causes many addicts and alcoholics to feel as if we are alone…

Emotional Abuse and Addiction/Codependency

  Both addicts and codependents often find a need to do some serious soul-searching upon entering recovery. In doing so, we often learn that our problems started long before we initially thought they did. Quite often, some of our behavior patterns first presented themselves years before we identified them. And in some cases, they might…