How to Identify and React to Addiction Triggers

Addiction triggers are people, places, or events that remind us of a reason we often used to drink or use drugs. Whether it’s booze on New Year’s, a cigarette to relieve stress when stuck in traffic, or compulsive eating at a party to soothe social anxiety, all addicts have triggers. These memories don’t necessarily cause us to drink or use, but they remind us of the elation or release we previously felt when drinking or using. How to Identify Your Addiction Triggers Identifying your addiction triggers is really just as simple as making a list. If you’ve ever tried to quit an addiction before, you will probably remember the moments when you gave in to the struggle. What were your reasons? Wh

Abuse of Marijuana

Marijuana is the most commonly abused psychoactive drug. As a dry, shredded mix of the flowers, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant cannabis sativa, marijuana is usually smoked. However, smoked marijuana can cause respiratory problems or immune system deficiencies. Can Marijuana Be Abused? Yes, marijuana can be abused. While many people use marijuana for legitimate legal reasons, recreational use of marijuana has significantly increased in recent years. And while the number of people who use marijuana at any one time does not seem to have increased in the past decade, the number of people who have a marijuana-related disorder has increased significantly. How Marijuana Is Abused Substance abu

High Functioning Alcoholic

It’s often expected that teens will experiment with alcohol and possibly get into some trouble here and there. However, when teens become addicted to alcohol, it can derail an otherwise bright future. Parents who are concerned about teen alcohol abuse generally watch their kids closely, looking for the telltale signs of drug and alcohol abuse: slipping grades, losing friends, lack of interest in school or hobbies, and so forth. Nonetheless, many parents don’t realize that there are a growing number of high-functioning teen alcoholics that display none of these symptoms. So, if you’re wondering, “Is alcohol is a danger for my teen?”… you’re in the right place. What Is A High Functioning Alcoh

Glue Sniffers

What is Glue Sniffing? Glue Sniffing is a form of inhalant abuse. Those who sniff glue are intoxicating fumes from the solvents found in the adhesives. Often people will sniff glue as a way to escape from the stress of daily life or to fill in for boredom. It is growing in popularity amongst Indian teenagers because of it is easily obtainable and effects are almost instantaneous. After sniffing glue the abuser experiences a feeling of euphoria and exhilaration. How Glue is Sniffed Typically people who sniff glue will empty the solvent into a plastic bag and then put their face inside, breathing deeply. The solvant can also be heated and then inhaled or it can be poured onto a rag and the vap

Effects of Cocaine on the brain

Cocaine As A Drug Cocaine is produced from the leaves of the coca plant. The plant is cultivated in large quantities in South America. However, cocaine is an illicit drug and its production is a synthetic process. Coca leaves are mixed with an array of chemicals like sulfuric acid, kerosene, caustic soda and cement to produce a liquid, which is boiled to get “coka-paste” (solid form of cocaine). Additionally, cocaine is a strong central nervous system (CNS) stimulant and causes a lot of activity in the brain. In this article, we look at the immediate effects of cocaine on the brain. Then, we invite your questions and feedback in the comments section at the end. In fact, we try to respond to

Coping with Craves for Smoking

On a warm October day, I hurried to class, maneuvering around groups of slower-moving students. I checked my phone – fifteen minutes before class started, enough time to buy myself a cup of tea. Approaching the entrance, I smelled the faint scent of fresh cigarette smoke from a passerby. Then my eyes caught the posters featuring cigarette brands on the tea stall. All of the sudden, pleasurable memories wafted over me. I could feel the cigarette between my fingers and taste the hot smoke. I was experiencing a smoking crave. What is a Smoking Crave? The dictionary definition says a craving is a powerful desire. For me, craving an addictive substance. is a little different. I have a powerful de

Can you get addicted to Hash.

Hash is addictive, just like any other form of marijuana. In fact, because hash contains a higher amount of THC than other types of marijuana, it may be easier to get addicted to than by simply smoking parts of the whole plant. Psychoactive Ingredients of Hash Hash is a form of marijuana that is made when the resin of the hemp plant is concentrated and formed into a solid form. Blocks of hash are then smoked or eaten. The resin of the hemp plant can also be extracted as a liquid, which is called “hash oil.” Like any form of marijuana, hash contains the psychoactive chemical THC, only in a more potent form. What Does Hash Do In The Body? Hash has some immediate effects on the brain. When smok

Alcoholism and Blaming

Whose Fault Is Alcoholism When something goes wrong, when someone gets hurt, when we make a mistake we often look for the reason why or the cause of the problem. If you trip on a shoe when you walk into the house it’s natural to get frustrated with the person who left the shoe in the doorway and so we say, “I tripped because of what you did. It’s your fault.” If you are running late for a meeting and there is a slow car in front of you it’s not uncommon to get angry and blame the person in front for “making me late” or to take it personally and feel like they are driving slowly on purpose. The same thing happens with alcoholics: they say they drink because of someone or something else. But t

15 Benefits Of Attending A Residential Rehab

Bursting The Bubble Factor “Bursting your bubble” The addict needs to be removed from the uncomfortable familiarity of their environment, so that they can gain a completely new perspective on their life. Brain-work Reclaim your brain from substance abuse, Intensive neural recovery from the hijacked brain “first aid of the brain”. Safe-Base Medical assisted detoxification, alcohol and drug free environment, testing and blood work, 24/7 care, to process trauma and psychological disorders. Prevention Halt the progression of the addiction, arrest the cycle of damage to prevent further harm. Financial Weighing up the short term cost of entering our rehabilitation centers program against the long

9 Tips For Addicts to Help Them Get Through the Silly Season

Be realistic about your resolution. If you are an addict or an alcoholic it is unlikely that you will be able to kick off the habit overnight. Create a plan, rather than expecting to be able to stop abruptly. If spending so much time with family is starting to feel a bit overwhelming, take yourself for a break, or discuss your concern with them. Ask a friend or family member to help keep you accompanied at parties where alcohol and recreational drugs are available. Be specific with your goals- a big rule that is often broken is making goals that are too vague and open ended, like ‘lose weight’. Ask yourself: What areas would I like to reduce in my alcohol/drug consumption? By when do I want

Social Media Addiction

In droves, we engage on social media with selfies, Likes, follows, and shares. These are actions that positively re-enforce the idea that social media tools provide us with good feelings. Like any pleasure-seeking activity, social media tools are addictive. With our society’s dramatic shift toward interacting over the internet and social media tools, it is easier than ever to develop an addiction to social media. The Connection between Social Media and Addiction If you’ve ever trained a dog, you’re familiar with negative and positive re-enforcement. Such as: Negative re-enforcement uses punishment to stop a habit. Positive re-enforcement encourages a behavior through something enjoyable…like

Medicine To A Long Recovery

If you are one of those people who say that there is no such thing called magic, then I would like to close your eyes once and imagine the following things: An infant playing by himself in a crib, smiling and laughing at something he does not even know about A puppy and a kitten playing together Your mother telling you in the afternoon that she would be cooking bottle gourd but when you reach home, you see your favorite dish on dinner table Meeting a childhood friend after many years, in an unexpected place. Eating your favorite candy after 20 years Staying close to the nature, feeling every drop of rain, smelling the petrichor (fragrance of mud in the air after a spell of rain), seeing beau

Binge Drinking and Alcohol Overdose

“I like the taste of it” “I like the kick it gives to my mood” It relaxes me after a tiresome day” and more than thousands of reasons people give, just to drink! It is by their will that they start, but that will power slowly gets dissolved in alcohol and they get dependent on it. Thousands of people die each year due to alcohol overdose. The reason might sound too shocking, which is, its symptoms are too slow to be understood! We are stating a few signs that would help you to identify if you or your loved ones are overdosing on alcohol. Alcohol has a great social acceptability and hence many people fail to consider it as a matter of substance abuse or addiction. And since it is legal in

What to Say if You Discover Your Child is Using Drugs

Parents who know or suspect their child is using drugs or alcohol are often at a loss for what to do next. Do you take a hard-lined punitive approach? Confront your child? Approach your child as you would a friend? Molly Bobek, a Senior Research Associate here at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) and a licensed therapist who specializes in family therapy, provides some suggestions for what parents can do when it comes to this difficult situation and explains her approach to helping families concerned about their teen’s substance use. Center on Addiction: If a parent comes to you after discovering that his or her child is using drugs, what do you say or how do you ha

We Asked, You Answered: How often do you talk to Your Children about Drugs and Alcohol?

For many parents, regularly talking to their children about addictive substances can be challenging. With this in mind, we asked our readers, “How often do you talk to your children about drugs and alcohol?” While nearly one-third of respondents said they talk to their kids about this important topic every week, the most common response was never, which received 40 percent of the votes. If you consider yourself a part of this 40 percent, here are some tips from our Family Day Parent Toolkit on how to have these difficult conversations: Set Limits. Be clear, direct and honest when setting limits. Let your children know you do not want them using substances, and lay out the specific consequenc

Who develops addiction?

Many people engage in risky use of alcohol and drugs and anyone can develop a substance problem. Some people may progress and develop a severe addiction. Alcohol and drug use touches everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or economic status. The vast majority of people who use drugs and alcohol – including even many who use them regularly or heavily – do not develop the disease of addiction. Addiction risk factors As with other diseases, there are risk factors associated with addiction including: Genetic predisposition Certain brain characteristics that can make someone more vulnerable to addictive substances than the average person Psychological factors (e.g., stress, persona

Addiction in Women

Despite using substances at lower levels than men, women typically progress from substance use to addiction more quickly than their male counterparts. Women also experience the health consequences of substance use, such as death, cancer, heart disease and memory problems, sooner and more intensely than men. Women and Smoking When it comes to tobacco, women typically smoke fewer cigarettes, inhale less deeply and smoke cigarettes with lower nicotine levels as compared to men. However, women are just as likely as men to become addicted to nicotine. These gender differences can be seen at an early age—in one study, girls ages 12 and 13 who started smoking at least once a month reported symptoms

Types of addiction

Approximately 16% of the U.S. population ages 12 and over has a substance problem. This includes: Nicotine (approximately 9%) Alcohol (approximately 7%) Illegal drugs (approximately 2%) Prescription drugs (approximately 1%) Note: The percentage of the population with each type substance problem adds to more than 16% because some people have more than one type. Over half of those with a substance problem also use or have problems with another substance. Among people with a substance problem, nearly 1 in 5 have multiple substance disorders. Nicotine: over 1/5 have another alcohol or drug problem Alcohol: nearly 1/3 also have a nicotine or other drug problem Illegal drugs: nearly 2/3 have anot

Addiction as a Disease

The Disease Model of Addiction Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. Genetic risks factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction. Addiction involves changes in the functioning of the brain and body. These changes may be brought on by risky substance use or may pre-exist. The consequences of untreated addiction often include other physical and mental health disorders that require medical attention. If lef

What is Meth Psychosis ?

Meth-induced psychosis puts sufferers out of touch with reality and causes delusions, paranoia and aggressive behaviour. Find out more about meth psychosis and how this frightening condition can be prevented. Speed, crank, chalk, ice — these are all street names for the drug methamphetamine, better known as meth. Meth is a powerful stimulant drug that comes in the form of a white, odourless, crystalline powder, and is considered one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs on the streets today, causing a plethora of harmful health effects, not least of which is meth psychosis. Effects of Meth Abuse The short-term effects of meth use include a burst of energy, intense euphoria, chattiness a

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