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Does the Media Perpetuate Negativity Toward Addicts?

Here’s a challenge: Try to remember the last time you saw something about addiction in the media that wasn’t negative. Commercials for luxury rehabs don’t count. It’s difficult, isn’t it? Everything we have learned about addiction tells us that addiction is a brain disease.1 When a person abuses mind-altering chemicals over a period of time, […]

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What Is ‘Compassion Fatigue’ and How Do You Avoid It?

There once was a 13-year-old boy named Jason whose single mother had a drinking problem. Ever since the death of his father, Jason hoped, wished and prayed that his mother would be able to conquer the drinking problem that resulted from her inability to cope with the loss of her husband. On occasion, there would […]

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What Are the Risks of Detoxing from Alcohol at Home?

An alcoholic can become so desperate to end their addiction that they may consider attempting to detox at home – with no medical supervision nor caring, informative treatment support workers. However, going through the detoxification process without suitable medical and appropriate emotional help has many pitfalls. Trying to detox without medical help could lead to […]

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Can I Get Professional Addiction Treatment on a Budget?

It’s estimated that two-thirds of the world’s supply of illicit drugs are consumed in the U.S., a country that accounts for just 5 percent of the global population.1 At any given moment, only about 11 percent of people addicted to alcohol or drugs are receiving any type of treatment.2 In the face of these two […]

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The Importance of Supporting and Encouraging a Loved One’s Recovery

For people who have little experience or knowledge of addiction, recovery may seem relatively straightforward. A person addicted to alcohol or drugs just needs a stint at rehab to get clean, right? Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. Addiction is a powerful, chronic brain disease that’s as much psychological as it is physical. Its effects […]

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Is There Such a Thing as a “Functional Addict”?

When people consider the effects of addiction, they may envision the negative stereotypes that are often associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Consequently, some of the most common perceptions of addiction are really just presumptive judgments. People assume that addicts are thieving criminals who can’t be trusted, are profoundly selfish and self-indulgent, and should always […]

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The Stages of Addiction

In spite of how much we’ve learned, the general population tends to have a very poor understanding of addiction. Is it a disease or is it a behavioral issue? To define addiction merely as a brain disease does very little in the way of explaining how the disease develops. Addictions don’t form overnight, so what […]

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So You’re Married to an Addict… Now What?

Picture this: You meet the man or woman who seems to be your perfect match. The two of you marry, maybe buy a home and start a family, going through all the motions one would expect of a contemporary married couple. Then you discover, after several years of wedded bliss, that your other half has […]

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Addiction: A Choice?

When it comes to the world of addiction treatment and research, perhaps no question carries as much weight as the one that seeks to understand just how much free will addicts have over their behavior. The reason lies in the implications. Say addiction is a condition underpinned by choice. If that’s the case, society is […]

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