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Toxic Effects of Alcoholism on Families: The Statistics

Alcohol abuse ravages families, leaving long-lasting emotional scars. Families are a unit, and when one individual is hurting and acting destructively, it impacts everyone. Here are just some of the effects of alcoholism on families. Marriage and Alcoholism Statistics: Does Alcohol Break Up Relationships? “He’s a happy drunk.” “She’s an angry drunk.” Whatever the case […]

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‘Cuca’ to Cocaine Anesthetic, a Short History of Addiction

With the United States in the midst of an opioid epidemic and more states easing restrictions on marijuana, the subject of drug abuse and addiction has received an enormous amount of media attention in recent years. Addiction, however, has been with us for a long time. Even late into the 19th century, the problem of addiction to drugs was not fully realized, particularly in Europe and the United States. Drug use was just accepted as part of everyday life. At that time, there was no mention or evidence of “controlled substances,” as we call these drugs today. Morphine and cocaine were readily available to anyone at any time during those early years.

For centuries, cocaine was grown in South America in the Andes Mountains and used readily by the indigenous population, who found that it improved their tolerance to the effects of the high altitude and cold weather. The drug, called “cuca” in the native tongue, was used in its leaf form and chewed. It must be noted that the concentration of the ingested narcotic was far less as a chewed leaf than in the chemical form that was produced years later in Europe. In the 16th century as Spain took over South America, the various explorers discovered cocaine and began using it for their own purposes and exporting it to Europe.

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Surrendering to Recovery When You’re Used to Being in Control

Recovering from addiction depends on admitting and accepting that the way you have been doing things isn’t working. Chances are if you could have stopped drinking and drugging long term on your own, you would have. It’s time to take a new approach, and this new approach depends on surrender.

The idea of surrendering to recovery can be challenging when you’re used to being in control. This is especially true for those in a leadership role at work such as executives or other business professionals.  As a business leader, you may be typically in charge. It goes against your nature to ask for help, rely on the guidance of others and admit that alcohol or drugs may be something that you can’t conquer by yourself.

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How Impulsivity Can Make You More Prone to Addiction

Impulsivity is a formal term for impulsive behavior. While almost everyone acts impulsively some of the time, people with a high degree of impulsivity routinely act in this manner. One of the known problems in highly impulsive individuals is an increased chance of developing diagnosable symptoms of addiction or non-addicted substance abuse. A brief rundown will help explain this risk.

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5 Things People Say to Addicts (and What They Really Mean)

“Maybe you drank a little too much last night.”

What you really mean is I was completely mortified, embarrassed and humiliated in front of our friends last night.

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Xanax Addiction: What You Should Know

Widely prescribed and widely abused, Xanax is a highly addictive drug that can get its hooks into its victims at lightning speed. Many users who start out taking the drug for an anxiety disorder or insomnia end up in Xanax addiction treatment programs, wondering how they let it sneak up on them to steal their freedom and sobriety.

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‘Strong’ Men Who Don’t Reach Out for Help More Prone to Relapse

Men often feel that society expects them to be strong and in charge at all times. If you are like most men, from the time you were a little boy, you were probably told that it’s not OK to cry or to lose control of yourself on an emotional level. This may have made it very difficult for you to admit to others that you are experiencing turbulent emotions or that you feel vulnerable or need any kind of emotional support.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Detox

Alcohol and drug detox are no walk in the park, but the proper medical care and research-backed medications can make the experience significantly better — and safer. You shouldn’t let the fear of detox prevent you from getting the help you need to get sober. Here’s why. Myths About Drug and Alcohol Detox Movies and […]

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How to Use Spirituality for Addiction Recovery

Religion has taken a hit in modern times. Fewer people associate with a particular religion or attend services, but that doesn’t mean that we have turned away from a higher power. Many of us have simply shifted from being religious to being spiritual. The beauty of spirituality is that it means whatever you want it to mean. And, it can help if you are in recovery from addiction. If you have never considered yourself religious or spiritual and aren’t sure how to incorporate this into your recovery, here are some ideas to get you started:

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When Christians Relapse

We’ve come to the end of ourselves in addiction. We’ve admitted desperation, powerlessness, sin and rebellion. We’ve recommitted our hearts to Christ and put our lives on the straight and narrow. We’re repairing the damage. Everything is going well, or at least it’s getting better.

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