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Get Behind the Neuroscience of Addiction

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (2019), “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences”. Although addiction is not an uncommon word…

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Long Term Effects of Addiction

It should not come as a surprise that each and every day, people die from the effects of chronic addiction to a drug or to alcohol. Regardless of whether the addiction relates to alcohol or drugs, addiction to substances kills thousands of Americans (of all ages) each year and touches millions of lives in some…

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Loving an Alcoholic

An alcoholic’s dependency and addiction do not only impact the individual but the entire family. Typically, a household faced with an alcoholic’s troubles experiences a family illness rather than simply a person’s challenges. Loving an alcoholic is difficult and it can be heartbreaking to watch a loved one battle with their addiction, falling into a…

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How to Thrive After Alcohol Dependence

There are many different substances that can be abused or used to such excess that addiction becomes a problem. Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the world. Alcoholism indiscriminately affects people from all walks of life, career fields, income brackets, and genders. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 88,000 people…

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The Stages of Change and Addiction

If one looks up “overcoming addiction” or “addiction recovery” online there will certainly be a wide variety of search results returned. This is due to the vast nature of tried and true methods for addiction recovery that have been utilized for many years. Some treatment programs are offered in a residential treatment center whereas some…

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Addiction and Income: What Is the Connection?

In this post, we tackle the complex interaction between addiction and income level. Does low income cause addiction? Or is addiction something that everyone can run into if they’re not careful? First, we’ll set the scene by explaining in clear terms just what addiction is. Then, we’ll cover who is at risk for addiction. Last…

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Alcohol: When Does Use Become Abuse?

Alcoholism may have faded from public view in recent years due to the rise of the opioid crisis, but it remains a public health concern. As we’ll see, problematic alcohol consumption changes brain function, just like many so-called hard drugs do. This can leave susceptible individuals at risk of developing dependence. Once that happens, these…