Addiction

Holidays are Stressful for Everyone and Especially for Those in Recovery Plan…for Success with Strategies to Safeguard Against Relapse

Holidays are “The season to be jolly.” The reality is that an overwhelming number of people don’t feel jolly during the holidays. Why do so many people feel empty and stressed out when the holiday season is supposed to be filled with family, festivities, and fun?  It turns out that the biggest source of holiday …

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Mindset: Substance Use Disorder and Compulsive Behavior

Initially, a substance use disorder may be a way to numb feelings around trauma or abuse. At some point, however, the mindset and the motivation changes around addiction and becomes more about compulsive behavior than trauma or abuse. The trauma once buried by the substance use becomes an obsessive behavior that ultimately interferes with relationships …

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Achieving Health and Wellness through your Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

People with substance use disorders in recovery need support to successfully manage their conditions and achieve wellness in their lives. Wellness is often taken for granted. It is important to create wellness habits as tools to be used to successfully obtain and maintain sobriety. Recovery is where people improve their health and wellness, become self-directed, …

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Can Travel be the Ultimate Test of Your Sobriety? Tips for Sober Travel

  Whether for pleasure or business, traveling can be challenging for those working hard to stay sober. Traveling can feel like the ultimate test of your sobriety.  With a little planning and foresight, you can minimize the risk and enjoy travel keeping these tips in mind: Become familiar with your destination When researching a vacation …

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Love addiction: Sometimes called Pathological Love — is There Such a Thing?

Love addiction is sometimes called ‘pathological love’. When healthy feelings of attachment and affection become obsessive and uncontrollable, they become pathological. How does this happen?  Why are some people driven to an insatiable need for love? Although currently undefined, there is a consensus that love addiction, is a behavioral addiction. It is described as a …

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Kratom? A Healthy or Harmful Withdrawal Alternative of Opioid Addiction

Kratom has been promoted as a natural solution to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms like sweating, trembling, nausea and cravings that last anywhere from several days to several weeks. Why is Kratom growing in popularity and why is it risky? Because withdrawing from opioids is so unpleasant, many people look for ways to ease the withdrawal …

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Porn, the Newer, Slicker Version of Sex? How Porn Really Affects Your Relationship

How does the use of pornography affect a relationship? What does the use of pornography mean? Should viewing porn be viewed as normal? These days, pornography is a part of society and some view it as nothing more than another form of entertainment. Below are other considerations- Does viewing pornography trigger trauma in a partner? Does …

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Did you know? Human Connection just might be the Opposite of Addiction

If the human connection is the opposite of addiction, can there be addiction where there is a connection? In a 2015 TED Talk entitled “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong,” British journalist Johann Hari talks about the underlying causes of addiction, concluding that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s the …

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How Do I Know if I have an Addiction?

As a clinician, I am often asked how addiction is determined. From a clinical standpoint, addiction can be diagnosed using a set of criteria. One of the most common and widely used diagnoses tools in the United States is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). The DSM is developed through the American Psychological Association (APA). …

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