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The Science Behind Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Drug and alcohol addiction are two iterations of addiction, which is clinically defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease in which the user compulsively seeks to use their outlet of choice despite the harmful consequences that ensue. With substances like drugs and alcohol, the brain’s structure becomes physically changed which can lead to harmful, self-destructive behavior in the pursuit of the addiction.

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The Correlation Between Addiction & Genetics

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Aug 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

As an addict, friend of an addict, or family member of an addict, have you ever wondered why some people become addicted to drugs and alcohol while others with similar habits do not? Addiction is an incredibly complex disease that has many different attributes that contribute to its development. Of the many factors that go into addiction, genetics play a substantial role in the risk of developing an addiction.

 

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Top TV Shows About Drugs & Addiction

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Jul 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

 TV shows depicting substance abuse and addiction offer incredibly meaningful, suspenseful, and eye-opening story lines that will be sure to have you hooked. No matter which genre of television you are interested in, from comedy to reality TV, there is likely a booming show you will enjoy centered around the effects of drugs and alcohol. The statistics on alcohol and drug usage in the media are very high, with numbers showing that on television there is one drinking scene shown every 22 minutes, one smoking scene every 57 minutes, and an illegal drug scene every 112 minutes. Some shows offer a very straight up, realistic look into the matter while others shine a light in a much more relaxed sense. Here we have chosen to focus on the shows that offer the most realistic representation of addiction in people's lives. Regardless, these shows provide a voice that brings clarity and even comfort to viewers, relieving feelings of shame or guilt that may surround struggles to try to beat addiction. If you are looking to tune into exciting story lines covering the lows of addiction, the highs of recovery, and everything in between, keep reading.

 

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Dual Diagnosis: The Connection Between Addiction and Mental Illness

Posted by Sarah Edwards on Jul 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Not long ago, there was a hard line drawn between two conditions: mental health and addiction. They were looked at as two separate issues that were unrelated. Today, the 21st Century recognizes that these two are more connected than once realized. In order to properly treat mental illness and addiction, we need to understand how they affect an individual.

 

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Top 5 Films About Addiction

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Jun 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

We have explored the relevance of addiction in music through our recent posts on recovery songs, and today we will dive into the portrayal of drug use through cinema. Addiction is a compelling and enticing theme that directors target to shine a light on, and create interest around an issue not often talked about. An accurate film about addiction shows the painful reality of recovery, relapse, and everything in between. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for movies to offer an unrealistic portrayal of the struggle, glamorizing drug usage through humor, money, and fame. When analyzing films about addiction, it is essential to focus on ones that show the real, dangerous, life-threatening consequences of substance abuse. Luckily, there are many fantastic, eye-opening films that offer insight into the challenges and struggles of those facing addiction. These films will leave you straying away from illegal substances and alcohol abuse at all costs, as devastation and heartbreak is guaranteed.

 

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The Correlation Between Addiction and Loneliness

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Addiction is a lonely disease. As anyone who has experienced can attest to, addiction causes people to become withdrawn, remote, and distant from others. Even if they appear social, an addict is constantly struggling with fear, denial, and guilt. In other words, they are locked in a prison looking out, a prison created by drugs and alcohol. As addiction progresses, it’s not uncommon for addicts to lose the support of friends and family members, damage relationships, and leave themselves isolated and in need of help.

 

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Inspiring Bible Verses on Addiction

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jun 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Every day charges us to face the temptations of the world: money, sex, drugs, power, etc.… And every day we make a choice to have control over these desires or become enslaved to them. Sometimes it takes a little extra encouragement, which is why we pulled this collection of Bible verses about addiction. There are many faith-based recovery programs that rely on such Biblical principles. Whether or not you are religious, we hope you can draw some motivation from these words that were written many years ago, but still hold true today.

 

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Is Addiction a Disease?

Posted by Jackson Bentley on May 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Is addiction a disease? The question may often arise for those dealing with a substance problem, or for those who have a relationship with an addict. The prevailing wisdom of current medical science is that yes, disease is a complex disease of the brain. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction is classified as a chronic and relapsing brain disease in which drug use becomes an involuntary habit despite all negative consequences that may ensue.

 

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6 Signs That You Are Enabling An Addict

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Apr 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Are you a parent of a son or daughter addicted to opiates-you may be enabling an addict and not even know. Or, perhaps you’re the spouse of someone who’s begun to spiral downhill on a path to nowhere due to frequent binge drinking that borders on a full-blown addiction. No Matter who you are, addiction always hits close to home.

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What Addiction Will Be Like In 100 Years

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Mar 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM
 

The world (including addiction) is always changing. There have been incredible fluctuations in various aspects including communication, transportation, and technology. There have been multiple drastic changes in the substance landscape with high chances of additional changes in the future.

This makes it imperative for us to educate ourselves about addiction trends and future expectations. This article is prepared to offer insights about what drug/alcohol abuse will be like in 100 years to come.

 

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