drug and alcohol addiction

6 Personality Traits Linked to Addiction

By |2018-07-30T13:30:50+00:00September 13th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts|

Although there is no one set addictive personality type, researchers who study the causes of addiction have found a number of traits that are closely linked to an increased risk of drug or alcohol abuse. 1. Impulsivity Impulsive people are often viewed as fun to be around due to their spontaneous nature, but this personality [...]

Understanding the Causes of Alcoholism: How Genes and Environmental Factors Contribute to Your Personal Addiction Risk

By |2018-10-23T16:17:23+00:00July 9th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts|

Many of the people who seek alcohol addiction treatment have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or siblings who've also struggled with alcohol abuse. However, alcoholism isn't inherited in the same way you'd inherit blue eyes and blond hair. Addiction develops as the result of a complex interaction between genes and environmental risk factors. Genes That Affect [...]

Should I Quit Smoking During Rehab?

By |2018-10-23T16:22:45+00:00June 14th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth|

According to the CDC, about 15 percent of adults in the United States are smokers. However, smoking rates are significantly higher among people who are also struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. If you're considering seeking treatment, you may find yourself wondering if it's best to quit smoking while you're in rehab or if you [...]

Is there room at the Inn?

By |2018-10-23T19:22:37+00:00September 25th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

People often ask us “what does faith-based mean?”  “Does it mean that you will be preaching at me?”  “Will I be welcome if I don’t participate in organized religion?” “Can you help me re-connect with my faith?” These are important questions.  In a world where all-to-often we see people seeking to impose their beliefs on [...]

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Drugs in the Workplace: Bad for Business

By |2018-10-23T19:24:09+00:00September 20th, 2013|Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

Michelle didn’t seem to take her job too seriously; she was usually 5-10 minutes late, took an excessive amount of breaks and often called in sick, all without remorse. However, she was clearly one of the best saleswomen in the region. Her convivial way with shoppers carried over to managers, to whom she promised she [...]

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Addiction is Only the Beginning

By |2018-10-23T19:26:33+00:00August 26th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

For decades addiction treatment has followed a common path; using 12 Step groups and regular meetings for addicts and alcoholics. However, the rapidly expanding knowledge of addiction and the workings of the human mind is leading to new approaches that are proving valuable in treating this chronic disease. While most treatment centers treat only the [...]

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Consequences: A Critical Tool in Addiction Treatment

By |2018-10-23T19:27:27+00:00July 10th, 2013|Clinician Resource, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

When we acknowledge that addiction is a brain disease it becomes easier to understand that there is a battle going on inside the addict’s head.  They hear the “voice of the disease” saying that they need drugs and alcohol to cope with life, or they really don’t have a serious problem, or what they do [...]

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The Case Against Methadone, Suboxone and Other Medication-Assisted Treatments for Addiction

By |2018-10-23T19:28:31+00:00July 3rd, 2013|Heroin, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

I spend a lot of time talking to families determined to find help for a loved one who is addicted to drugs.  Inevitably the conversation includes the questions: “Aren’t there some medications that will make them stop?” “I’ve heard about Suboxone, is that the answer?” “Will Vivitrol cure my son’s addiction?” How wonderful it would [...]

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7 Hard Truths About Opiate Addiction

By |2018-10-23T19:29:35+00:00June 21st, 2013|Family Resource, Heroin|

**Updated August 2017** I recently spoke with a young man who was “having a problem with opiates.”  In actuality, he was trying hard to convince both himself and me that his prescription medication abuse wasn’t serious.  Certainly he felt it would be wrong to call himself an “addict.” The hard facts make it impossible to [...]

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Healing Addiction to Alcohol & Drugs

By |2018-10-23T19:32:52+00:00May 23rd, 2013|Personal Growth|

A friend recently spent a few days in the hospital for knee surgery.  The doctor’s advice at the time of discharge was simple and encouraging: “Rest, take it easy for a few weeks and before you know it life will be back to normal.”  If only healing from addiction to alcohol & drugs could follow [...]

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