We always knew that cocaine abuse was bad for you, but we did not know it was this bad… Cocaine AbuseIt is well known that cocaine abuse is harmful to the brain and body and can cause long-term complications and death, however a recent study reveals new details about exactly how cocaine abuse damages the brain — and the findings are frightening. Cocaine Causes the Brain to Eat Itself The new research led by Dr Gourav Malhotra, suggests that high doses of cocaine can cause bra
Food addiction is growing around the world, and although it definitely can be treated, there are several obstacles that must be overcome. Challenges of Treating Food AddictionFood addiction and sugar addiction are terms that have been getting a lot of media attention over the last year or two, but many people are still unsure what food addiction actually entails and how it is treated. Below we will explain what food addiction actually is and how it can be treated. It is impor
Food addiction treatment faces challenges that are not present in alcohol or drug addiction treatment. The biggest reason for this is that food addicts cannot completely abstain from food. Second, food is almost everywhere you look in today’s modern world. Avoiding food as a recovering food addict is nearly impossible, which can make recovery very difficult at times. The Basis of Food Addiction Treatment and Recovery Those who have gone through professional food addiction tre
Up to 57% of all addiction counsellors in recovery themselves – should they disclose their status? Some say counsellors should maintain professional boundaries; others say their recovery provides a model for patients. Are counsellors in recovery better than non-recovering counsellors? Should addiction counsellors in recovery share their recovery status? It is not uncommon for those involved in a recovery programme to decide that upon completion of their addiction treatment th
Did you know spending just 30 minutes with a puppy can positively affect your brain chemistry? We look at the many benefits of animal-assisted therapy in addiction treatment. Breaking an addiction is one of the hardest things you can possibly do. That’s why the support of your loved ones is so important. But what about the support of animal companions? If you’re an animal lover, you’re probably well aware of the uplifting effects pets have on your life. Indeed, spending just
Their similar names often lead people to the conclusion that fentanyl and carfentanil are essentially the same.They’re not. Fentanyl is between 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which makes it a highly-addictive and undoubtedly a dangerous drug. Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, and just handling even the smallest amounts can be deadly. Are fentanyl and carfentanil really so different? Discover the facts behind the myths surrounding the world’s most da
Staying sober is very challenging when stresses come into play such as when you feel tired, sick, or are under emotional stress. This is the time when it is easier to say ‘screw it’, and take a shot, drink, hit, or blast of something.
You’re only human right? How much is one drink going to hurt in the huge amount of time that you presumably plan to be sober? Well, for those that are recovering addicts, it does make a difference because it is precisely at this time, when und
Are you interested in tapping into your creative side, but don’t know where to begin? Art is a great tool for maintaining your addiction recovery. Not only making your own art, but also viewing art can be beneficial for your overall wellbeing and aid you in keeping on track. How can you integrate art into your recovery maintenance plan? A vision board is a creative visual representation of your goals and aspirations. Making a vision board is a simple yet powerful way to get y
The holiday season means different things for different people, but for most – the months mean endless parties, shopping deadlines, money stress, hearing too many carols on repeat, and battling the increasingly busy supermarkets and shopping centres. It can also mean facing friends and relatives you’d rather not see, or facing bad memories of holiday seasons past.
While some people actually enjoy every second of the holiday season, the rest can find this high-energy season
Teach your children early about the effects of substance abuse, to prevent addiction later in life. No parent wants to see their child suffer from the negative effects of drug addiction, yet many mistakenly believe there is nothing they can do to stop their kids from experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Some parents think this behaviour is normal and acceptable, but the fact is — the earlier teens start using drugs and alcohol the greater their risk for alcoholism and drug a