Addiction to drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco causes many hardships for the person who abuses them. Apart from relationship problems and mental health problems, addiction often produces a number of health challenges because of nutritional deficiencies. Some of these nutritional deficiencies are caused by the substance itself while others result from the behavior patterns associated with…Details
Much of what addicts experience when they enter a rehabilitation facility or a support group is done simply because it has always been done. Too often, addiction treatments are grounded in philosophies and personal beliefs rather than research, facts, and success rates. In psychology and psychiatry, on the other hand, many treatments and techniques used…Details
Adopting a vegetarian diet is a decision that flows from a mind-set. It could be that a person feels that the vegetarian lifestyle is the most healthful. Others may turn to vegetarian eating because of moral convictions about the environment or animal rights. However, some use the diet to mask disordered eating.
For most people, pornography is a quick and convenient route to sexual pleasure. Typically it is turned to when a close physical connection is either not available or not desired. Unfortunately, for some people, viewing pornography – with or without masturbation – can grow into an emotionally crippling addiction. In fact, research tells us that…Details
Over the years, numerous studies have shown that moderate alcohol intake can produce health benefits for significant segments of the population. These studies also show that excessive alcohol intake can wipe out those benefits and create a number of serious health problems. Alcoholics, who by definition have a physical addiction to alcohol, typically drink enough…Details
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs as the result of witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event. PTSD is the result of a change to the body’s “fight-or-flight” response; feelings of anxiety persist in the absence of immediate danger. While most people feel some type of stress following a traumatic event, PTSD…Details
Nearly everyone is familiar with and understands to some degree the concept of a substance addiction – abuse of and dependency on chemicals such as nicotine, alcohol, illicit drugs, and even prescription medications. More difficult to comprehend is the concept of a behavioral or “process” addiction – compulsively engaging in a potentially pleasurable activity such…Details
The vision in the mirror is not the image that people with Anorexia see. Whether they are 115 pounds or 90 pounds, they see someone who is overweight and needs to restrict their food intake. Their image of themselves is dangerously distorted.
Oftentimes, an individual will forge through the challenging steps of substance abuse treatment and victoriously overcome their addiction only to fall into relapse weeks or months later. Something keeps them from completely overcoming their addiction. Other disorders that had been masked by their addiction later surface and once again begin working against the individual’s ability…Details
Rape is a devastating trauma-a crisis-in one’s life. Regardless of the circumstances of a rape, it can take a long time to truly feel “better” again and move forward. Some people never move forward as they are unwilling or simply unable to process what happened to them. And, sadly, after feeling that they have healed…Details