Substance Abuse

Can Our Relationships Play a Role in Our Addictions?
Can Our Relationships Play a Role in Our Addictions?

When we are in recovery, it can help our healing process a great deal to reflect on the different factors in our lives that may have contributed to our addictive patterns and behaviors. Our relationships can be one of those factors and can play a crucial role in the development of our addictions. Sometimes our…

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Coping with Boredom
Coping with Boredom

We usually think of boredom as a harmless thing, but it can actually be a trigger for our addictive behaviors and can be a factor in whether or not we relapse. A challenge for many of us is that we find ourselves bored without the substances, relationships and behaviors we’ve grown to be dependent on…

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Did I Become an Addict as a Child?
Did I Become an Addict as a Child?

When we look back at our childhoods, many of us realize that our addictive patterns began when we were very young. The emotional responses, thought patterns and behaviors that are part of our addictions may have developed early on when were children.   Sometimes we learn from our families and caregivers that it is better…

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Self-Worth, Insecurity and Addiction
Self-Worth, Insecurity and Addiction

When we’re struggling with addiction, depression and other mental health issues and co-occurring disorders, we have a tendency to lose our sense of self-worth. We minimize and even forget all of our wonderful qualities and focus instead on our mistakes, weaknesses and regrets. We don’t value ourselves, and we don’t believe we are of any…

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How Can I Cope with Addictive Urges?
How Can I Cope with Addictive Urges?

When we are working towards recovery, one of our biggest challenges is the temptation we feel to use again. We’re hit with addictive urges that can be overwhelmingly strong. We got accustomed to giving into our urges and compulsions. We felt we had no control over ourselves. We didn’t feel connected to our willpower and…

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4 Myths About Marijuana
4 Myths About Marijuana

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in 9 states, including Colorado, and DC and in 30 states for medical use. Polls show the stigma attached to marijuana use is declining and more Americans favor legalization or at least decriminalization. A majority of American adults say they have used marijuana at least once, and more…

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3 Ways to Fight the Stigma of Addiction
3 Ways to Fight the Stigma of Addiction

In recent years, we’ve come a long way in understanding addiction. People are becoming increasingly aware that addiction is a complex problem related to genes, trauma, upbringing, and mental illness, and not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. Most people know someone who has struggled with addiction, whether they know it or not.…

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The 7 Most Common Dual Diagnoses
The 7 Most Common Dual Diagnoses

The majority of people struggling with addiction have another mental health issue too. This is called a dual diagnosis. Often, the other issue is what leads to addiction in the first place. People often use drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with mental health issue, or to self-medicate. Sometimes they use drugs or…

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The Opioid Crisis May Be Starting to Taper
The Opioid Crisis May Be Starting to Taper

In the last few years we’ve had no shortage of bad news about the opioid crisis. The death toll keeps rising and the media is full of stories about detailing how opioid addiction has destroyed families and communities. Finally, it looks like there may be some good news on the horizon. A recent report by…

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Addiction in Older Populations
Addiction in Older Populations

There is no age limit on addiction. Some older people struggle with addiction just because they always have and addiction hasn’t managed to kill them yet. Other people develop addictions late because of new life challenges. Either way, substance abuse is more dangerous the older you get. The substances continue to cause damage but the…

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