Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse in Teens

April 2, 2008

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Most parents seem to feel that it’s okay for their teen to be abusing milder drugs, like alcohol, in case they don’t know about the harder ones, like crack, meth or heroin. There are many negative effects of drug abuse in teens, and which is why it’s a good idea to have them seek drug abuse treatment, before the problem gets out of hand.

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You Have Nothing to Lose by Seeking Addiction Treatment

March 31, 2008

What do you stand to lose by seeking addiction treatment? The answer is simple—a lot. That probably isn’t what you were expecting, but it’s true.

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The Job of an Addiction Interventionist

March 27, 2008

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An addiction interventionist is an individual who helps families plan and carry out drug and alcohol interventions. They help make sure that the process is accomplished in a calm and constructive manner.

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Self-discovery in Addiction Treatment

March 25, 2008

 

Self-discovery should be a major component of any addiction treatment program. This is why services such as individual counseling and group therapy sessions or support groups are usually offered. Spirituality is another component of addiction treatment that many people find helpful.

The first step in self-examination on the path to addiction recovery is admitting that there is a problem. Due to the nature of drug addiction and alcoholism, addicts more often than not believe they are in control of their behavior. They think that they can quit any time they want to. However, this is not the case. Counseling and encouragement from family, friends, and professionals can help and addict to realize the scope of their drug or alcohol addiction. An intervention done with a trained specialist is often helpful in this regard.

Self-discovery during addiction treatment means many different things. The individual must figure out why they began using drugs and alcohol in the first place to avoid making the same mistakes again. They need to realize the positive aspects of themselves in order to build self-esteem. At the same, admitting to mistakes and flaws is just as important. People with alcoholism or drug addiction must learn to accept the good and bad about themselves in order to move forward.

The journey of self-discovery in addiction recovery can be a difficult process and a roller coaster of emotions. It brings up negative things that the addict has been avoiding by using drugs and alcohol, but doing this is essential to working through the problem. Addictions are often a way of hiding from the truth about oneself. Numbing pain with drugs and alcohol is in many ways easier than recovery. However, addiction treatment is far more worthwhile in the end. Rehab facilities use a variety of methods to aid in self-discovery.

Addiction Recovery is a Science

March 20, 2008

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Addiction recovery is a science. It is based in years of experience helping those in need of drug or alcohol rehabilitation. No one ever hopes for another person to struggle with addiction. You can thankful, however, for those that suffered before you. They have laid the foundation that makes drug treatment program successful for so many like you today. We know that you are unique. That no addict before you, or any that will come after you, are exactly like you. But their experiences, both in use and in recovery, can help you find drug rehabilitation. Read more

Ecstasy Facts

March 19, 2008

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Ecstasy is a drug that is associated with strong emotional feelings of well-being and warmth. It is one of the drugs that people refer to as club drugs, because they are often used at all-night raves, in clubs, bars, at concerts, and at dance parties. Ecstasy is a dangerous drug on its own, but even more so when it is taken along with alcohol or other drugs. Ecstasy is usually taken in a pill form, but it’s sometimes crushed so that the user can inject or snort it. The effects of the drug usually last up to six hours, though unpleasant side effects can occur for much longer. Read more

Help for Adult Children of Addiction

March 18, 2008

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Adults who grew up in a home with alcoholism or drug addiction should realize the importance of seeking help for themselves. Regardless of whether the parent still suffers from addiction or is even in the child’s life, this situation can cause lifelong pain. Living in a dysfunctional family, instability, anger, feelings of abandonment, repressed emotions, and many other issues need to be worked through. Read more

Dependence is Both Physical and Psychological

March 16, 2008

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Drug addiction is more than a physical dependence on a substance. When one has a drug addiction, they are dependent on the substance psychologically as well as physically. Drug abuse has increased over the past several years and is not limited to only a certain economical and social cultures, as believed by many. Drug abuse affects individuals of all walks of life. Read more

Is Addiction Genetic?

March 14, 2008

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Alcoholism and drug addiction appear to run in families, but is it really a genetic disease? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “addiction has a moderate to high heritable component.” This helps to explain why some people can abuse certain substances and quit relatively easily, while others go through addiction treatment programs multiple times and still relapse. Some people become addicted the first time they try a drug, but other people can be casual users. Read more

Early Intervention is Best

March 12, 2008

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Family and friends often are not sure how to handle a loved ones’ addiction problem. The best time to encourage an individual to seek treatment for their drug and alcohol abuse is as soon as possible. The faster the person seeks addiction treatment, the easier and more effective it will be. Alcohol and drug addiction does not just go away or get better on its own. The recovery process requires work, preferably with the support of loved ones.

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