Monthly Archives: February 2017

PTSD and Substance Abuse – The Two Go Hand-in-Hand

February 28th, 2017|

PTSD and substance abuse go hand-in-hand. This is because many people with PTSD use drugs and alcohol to cope. Understanding post-traumatic stress and learning how to treat the symptoms without the use of mood or mind-altering substances is essential to treating this debilitating condition. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that develops as the result of a trauma or serious injury. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder, although it does not necessarily represent a lifelong diagnosis. While PTSD is often associated with combat-related veterans who develop the condition after combat,

The Shame Game – How to Be Victorious

February 25th, 2017|

The Shame Game – How it is Played The Shame Game – it is a very real part of the recovery process. It is also a psychologically recognized mind game we have all been guilty of playing with ourselves at one point or another. Many mental health professionals believe shame is at the root of most psychological problems. Here’s how it works: we recognize some aspect of ourselves that we reject as “bad” or “unworthy” and we dwell on it. We then feel ashamed. This sense of shame gives us permission to feel bad about

Hitting Bottom at 65 and Celebrating Sobriety During the Golden Years

February 22nd, 2017|

Matilda K., a retired financial analyst who lives in Boise, Idaho, is recovering from drug addiction. She knows what it means to get sober later in life. Here, Matilda tells her personal story of addiction and her experience in recovery. Matilda considers herself a sassy sixty-something gal who still has a lot of life left to live – someone who wouldn’t dare refer to herself as a “senior.” Matilda admits she still has her demons to battle and secrets to reconcile. She is currently working on Step Four with a sponsor in the program of

The Ins and Outs and Ups and Downs of Bipolar and Addiction

February 16th, 2017|

Bi-polar and addiction don’t mix – but try telling that to someone who is addicted and Bipolar. The fact is, drugs and alcohol can initially have a calming effect on the Bipolar brain, which is why so many people with Bipolar become addicted. Using marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, or prescription meds offers temporary and immediate relief not experienced by legally prescribed medications. However; with time, addiction prevails. Soon, the use of drugs and alcohol becomes an addiction and all hell breaks loose. What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder is classified as a severe

Ethical Practices and Addiction Treatment – Be Informed

February 13th, 2017|

Learning about ethical practices and addiction treatment can mean all the difference when it comes to getting proper substance abuse rehabilitation. When you are seeking treatment for an addiction, you want to be sure you are getting the right treatment. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unethical substance abuse counselors, treatment centers, and addiction specialists out there looking for a sucker. When you are ready to get clean, or find treatment for a loved one, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not you’re dealing with an organization that practices shoddy

Addiction – It’s a Disease, Not a Matter of Willpower

February 10th, 2017|

Although the American Medical Association categorizes addiction as a disease, many people still believe addiction is a matter of willpower or morality. The fact is, no amount of willpower will ever arrest the cycle of addiction. Furthermore, addicts are not “bad” people. Addicts are sick people. In no uncertain terms, addiction is a brain disease that must be treated with recovery. The Disease Concept of Addiction Is addiction a disease? The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Addiction is a disease of the brain that affects millions of people around the world. Addiction is chronic, progressive

The Sad Reality of Being Pregnant and Addicted

February 7th, 2017|

Your Addiction Doesn’t Care that You’re Pregnant Imagine what it must be like to be pregnant and addicted to drugs or alcohol. No matter which way you look at it, being pregnant and addicted is a sad reality. This is because addiction doesn’t care. Addiction doesn’t care if you are pregnant. It doesn’t care if you have an innocent life growing inside you with no knowledge of what it means to be an addict. Addiction is not concerned with what you have to do to feed it. It only demands to be fed. Being pregnant

OCD and Addiction – Obsessive Compulsion Meets Obsessive Compulsion

February 4th, 2017|

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder To understand substance abuse and OCD, you must first understand OCD as a type of anxiety condition. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also known as OCD, is a psychiatric disorder that affects millions of Americans and people around the world. The National Institute on Health defines OCD as “a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.” Those who live with OCD say the illness feels like being imprisoned by one’s own

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome Makes Smokers Sick and Proves Marijuana has Serious Side-Effects

February 1st, 2017|

Smoking marijuana is harmless fun, right? That’s certainly not our opinion, but you be the judge. Recent reports indicate that a condition called Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome – caused by smoking marijuana heavily – is making people sick to their stomachs…. literally. What is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome? Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) is a condition brought on by chronic pot-smoking. It causes severe abdominal pain and violent, cyclical vomiting. Typically, the symptoms are so severe, someone with CHS will ultimately take themselves to the emergency room to seek relief. Doctors are often completely baffled by CHS symptoms