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Is Addiction A Disease?

Historically, addiction was viewed as a choice. In the eyes of many, those who abused alcohol, drugs, or both were making a conscious decision to drink, swallow pills, or introduce illicit substances into their body. Fortunately, over time science has determined addiction is not a choice. Many scientists, addiction treatment providers, and mental health counselors…

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Can Grief Lead to Addiction?

Grief can be an overwhelming and crushing emotion. It is an emotion without a timetable. Grief can last for days, weeks, months, or in some cases, even years. Grief is painful, and there is no quick resolution to the pain. Grief and the associated emotional turmoil can arise for various reasons and trigger an emotional…

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Are Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors Connected?

Compulsive behaviors and addiction are often linked. Throughout the years in television, film, and theater, we have been shown characters with compulsive tendencies or “addictions” to certain things. While none of these characters have had issues with substance abuse specifically, people with compulsive tendencies or a compulsive disorder diagnosis are typically at a higher risk…

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What Support Does Residential Treatment Offer?

Residential treatment programs such as those here at The Hills in Los Angeles, California, allow individuals in need of addiction-related treatment to receive twenty-four-hour care designed to meet their specific needs. At residential treatment centers, individuals typically have access to a higher level of care than can be provided through individual, family, or group therapy…

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How Weed Affects Your Mind and Body

Weed, pot, dope, and marijuana are all different names for the same drug that comes from the cannabis plant. Weed can be consumed in many forms. It can be smoked; you can vape it, eat it, or drink it. Most people consume weed for pleasure or recreation; however, a growing number of medical professionals are…

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How To Handle Your Addiction Triggers

Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone at any time. The cruel reality is that addiction knows no boundaries. It does not matter if you are wealthy or living below the poverty line, what religion you are, or your ethnic background is addiction can enter your life and have potent consequences. Once someone becomes…

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Can Depression Cause Addiction?

Depression and addiction are mental health diagnoses that are more often than not linked in some form. Individually they are complex and Challenging diagnoses, which may seem impossible to manage. Combined, they are even more so. To learn how to manage them both and better understand if one causes the other, it is helpful to…

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When Is Alcoholism A Problem?

When people refer to someone as “having an alcohol problem,” it does not necessarily mean they are an alcoholic. Problems with alcohol can range from occasionally drinking to harmful levels (also known as binge drinking) to alcohol dependence and alcoholism. One does not have to exhibit all the symptoms of an alcohol use disorder, as…

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Why Is American Drug Use On The Rise?

If you live in the United States, you have likely noticed the substance abuse problem, which affects so many people. Most generations, genders, and demographics in the United States, drug use and abuse have increased. This data applies to many different substances, including heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana, or synthetic drugs such as ecstasy or methamphetamine.…