When I was a little girl my father treated me like a princess. He brought me dolls and built me a big toy chest to display them. We watched favorite TV shows and he always sat with his arm around me protectively. He’d take me to fancy restaurants for daddy-daughter lunches. He’d soothe me when I feared monsters under the bed and healed me when I hurt. He told me, all the time, that I was special, beautiful and smart. He’d lost his own father when he was young and went out of his way to let me know he loved me. When I was 8, it all changed. His business partner died and my maternal grandfather followed; both were like fathers to him. I was too young to understand that he was bereft and lost, but I couldn’t help but notice that he was acting strangely. And he and my mom were always fighting. He had begun to drink, heavily, to soothe his pain. He also found people to drink with. A popular group of New York businessmen known for their charitable acts, and their drinking hijinks, embraced him as one of their own. It was the “Mad Men”...
Are you a teenager or young adult in need of smartphone rehab? The answer appears to be “yes” for more than 30% of American and British teenagers who find it difficult to disconnect from their smartphones or other electronics. In fact, technology addiction treatment programs are becoming more readily available to help people whose smartphone addictions, also known as “iPhone addictions, have taken over their lives, leading them to disengage from school, work, real social interaction and healthy activities like exercise and enjoyment of the outdoors.
The Associated Press Updates Its Stylebook to Address Addiction as a Disease Addiction will soon be discussed in a new way in newspapers, magazines and other publications, thanks to key updates the Associated Press made in June 2017 to the latest edition of its influential “AP Stylebook” — the reference guide used by news reporting outlets across the United States. According to the AP, the updates to its stylebook are intended to help guide journalists covering addiction to use person-first language that characterizes addiction as a disease or disorder, not as a weakness or moral failing. AP’s aim is to provide more appropriate words and phrases reporters can use to write about people who suffer from addiction — in the same way they write about people who suffer from other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Outpatient treatment allows clients to live at home, continue to work or attend school and fulfill other personal obligations. Recovering individuals attend group and individual therapy sessions each week. They meet regularly with a psychiatrist for medications to manage withdrawal, cravings and any existing mental health issues. The treatment is similar to that provided in a residential facility, although it is less expensive and somewhat less intense. Outpatient treatment can accommodate those with mild to moderate coexisting medical or mental health conditions by increasing the number and length of therapeutic visits each week. One important major difference in outpatient treatment is individuals are subjected to external triggers that can easily sabotage recovery efforts. On the other hand, proponents of outpatient rehab say it more accurately tests the efficacy of ongoing treatment and the client’s coping mechanisms because they face outside triggers.1,2
Having a teen who is addicted to drugs is heartbreaking, but you can help her get well again. Helping a teen get sober can be a challenge, but it is the only thing you can do when you face losing her to addiction. Stats on teenage drug use tell us that too many teens are drinking, smoking and abusing drugs. They are getting addicted and are suffering the consequences. Get help for your teen now, before it is too late.
Prescription opioid addiction is slashing and burning its way across the American landscape. Since the late 1990s, the rate of narcotic painkiller addiction (and overdose) has soared, and addiction treatment centers are now overflowing with men and women dependent on drugs like OxyContin, fentanyl, Vicodin and Percocet. The arrival of the 21st century has also been accompanied by a sudden rise in heroin use, and this is directly related to the narcotic painkiller addiction problem. Even though heroin is an illicit drug, it binds with the same receptors in the brain as its prescription opioid cousins, meaning it can be used interchangeably with these drugs.
A number of scientific studies have revealed the complex workings of our brain’s motivation and reward center and how neurotransmitters, often referred to as the brain’s “feel-good chemicals,” are released when we desire something or experience pleasure. Our brains produce numerous natural neurotransmitters that play critical roles in our health and how we feel. The brain also changes its production of these neurotransmitters in response to certain substances or stimuli, and this is why many experts now recognize the role neurotransmitters play in addiction. They explain that we become addicted as chemically induced alterations in neurotransmitter levels confuse the brain’s pleasure and reward mechanisms, driving addiction and, ultimately, challenging recovery.
Relapse is more the rule than the exception in addiction recovery. In fact, relapse is considered a component of addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which says, “Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Instead of viewing relapse as a failure, NIDA recommends that people in recovery should interpret it as a sign that their treatment may need to be reinitiated or adjusted. According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, roughly 60% of recovering addicts relapse within one year of completing treatment for substance abuse. But in addiction recovery we often get second chances, and more, to move past relapse and onward with our sobriety.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, long-lasting chemical substance that affects the central nervous system and creates a feeling of intense euphoria in the user. Meth works by causing the brain to release very high levels of the chemical dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects attention, alertness, motivation and motor function. The harmful effects of methamphetamine on the brain, such as meth paranoia, are believed to be caused by the elevated dopamine release. Chronic use of meth can cause depression, fatigue, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions and violent behavior.
Everyone overeats at some point. It could be an extra helping at dinner or sampling every dessert at a wedding or eating for comfort after a tough day. Others set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight but they start, stop and never really let a new eating program take hold. All of these behaviors fall within the realm of “normal.”
Many people are uncomfortable talking about pornography use and addiction in general, let alone as a problem that affects young teenagers and pre-teens. Unfortunately, regular pornography exposure is a real concern for adolescents and may put young people at risk for delinquent behavior and even teen porn addiction.
For many young people, college means finding themselves in a new environment, freed from parental oversight, making their own decisions, and struggling to keep up academically and fit in socially. It’s pretty much a recipe for alcohol and drug use.
Employee assistance programs (EAPs) have the potential to be powerful ammunition on the frontlines of addiction and mental health issues in the workforce. As more companies begin to rely on EAPs to help alleviate barriers to timely, affordable behavioral healthcare services, it’s important that EAP professionals are up to speed on some key facts about substance abuse.
Health insurance plans have traditionally offered little in the way of addiction treatment coverage, so many cheered when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) declared that such benefits should be an essential part of the policies sold through state marketplaces.
What do you do if your aging mother seems to be spending much more time home alone than at her book group or golfing with friends as usual? Her house has slid into a dusty, clustered state and there’s more wine than food around. Could she be addicted to booze or painkillers? How do you bring up this thorny subject without her shutting you out?
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