The Causes of Addiction–How the Illness Develops

The Causes of Addiction--How the Illness Develops The causes of addiction in any individual life can have many origins. Granted, there are biological reasons for an addictive illness to unfold and these are common to everyone. However, there are also various psychological reasons that set the stage for an addiction to develop. Issues of Self-Medication [...]

By | March 9th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on The Causes of Addiction–How the Illness Develops

The Rewards of Addiction–Short-Lived but Powerful

The Rewards of Addiction—Short-Lived but Powerful The rewards of addiction exist, or we wouldn’t begin our use of addictive substances in the first place. Some of us feel fortunate that we can progress in the illness without fast negative consequences. For example, one may have a high tolerance for great amounts of alcohol and feel [...]

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Addicted? Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

Addicted? Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes Are you addicted? Is a loved one? If you are living with your own addiction or that of someone you love, you don’t have to be reminded of the struggle and pain involved. You know it all too well. What you may not know right now, is what the [...]

By | February 27th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Addicted? Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, you join the ranks of countless people with active addictions. This is how many have described their situations just prior to seeking help. And, it is the condition cited often when people with addictions are asked [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

The Opposite of Addiction – Why it Might Not be Sobriety

The Opposite of Addiction – Why it Might Not be Sobriety   Have you ever wondered what the opposite of addiction really is? Is it sobriety? Many of us would say that yes, this is absolutely the opposite of having an addiction, but what if it’s something else? What if we take the idea of [...]

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Should You Try Rehab Even if You Think it Won’t Work?

Should You Try Rehab Even if You Think it Won’t Work?   Should you try rehab even if you think it won’t work? People ask this question every day, but the answer isn’t always as clear as we would like. However, new research shows that if you’re certain that you’re ready to start living clean [...]

By | February 19th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Should You Try Rehab Even if You Think it Won’t Work?

An Addictive Illness–Accepting It and Dealing with It, or Not

An Addictive Illness--Accepting It and Dealing with It, or Not An addictive illness is no small experience. And, it doesn’t matter short your bout with one is. It is still going to be a serious challenge and a very memorable life event. It can be prevented. An addiction is a powerful illness, and anyone who [...]

By | February 16th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on An Addictive Illness–Accepting It and Dealing with It, or Not

An Addict’s Life—the Underbelly of Addiction

An Addict’s Life—the Underbelly of Addiction An addict’s life is mystifying to someone who has never had a substance problem, and to those who have, it can cause a deep and abiding compassion. I think this compassion is partially why so many in addiction recovery stay in 12-Step programs like AA or NA (Alcoholics Anonymous [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on An Addict’s Life—the Underbelly of Addiction

Conflict, Confrontation, Avoidance and Addiction

Conflict, Confrontation, Avoidance and Addiction Conflict is no stranger to people with substance problems. It lies in wait for us seemingly at every turn when things are finally beginning to fall apart. The conflict with loved ones is apt to be quite intense, but so is the inner conflict of anyone with an addiction. Similarly, [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Conflict, Confrontation, Avoidance and Addiction

Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness

Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness A Substance Disorder is an illness—what we commonly call substance abuse or addiction. It is diagnosable by a standard list of symptoms medically, and its ‘remission’, or recovery from it, is diagnosed by the absence of those symptoms. A Substance Disorder (or more accurately, a Substance Use [...]

By | January 13th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness