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Getting Out of a Codependent Relationship

  It may start with worrying about whether there is a future with a chosen partner, crying, feeling anxious or any number of other things which crop up. A toxic, codependent relationship can bring up lots of negative feelings. Addiction and codependency go hand-in-hand but there comes a time to end it for the benefit […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Crack Cocaine Use

What is crack cocaine? It is a strong stimulant which works by energizing the central nervous system and by placing stress on the heart. Using crack cocaine also significantly deteriorates an individual’s quality of life. Short Term Effects of Crack Cocaine When an individual smokes crack, they experience an intense high, which is short lived. […]

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Street Names for Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid, which is illegally manufactured and is used for recreational purposes. When an individual takes Heroin, they can experience euphoria, drowsiness and pain relief. There are many different varieties of Heroin, and they depend on which region of the world they are produced. Heroin can be white, brown or black […]

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Treatment for Stimulant Addiction

What can be classified as a stimulant? A stimulant can be an illegal substance or prescription medication, which is used to boost cognitive function and alertness of an individual’s central nervous system. A stimulant can be taken orally, snorted or injected. Some examples of stimulants are Cocaine, Crack Cocaine and Crystal Meth, which are perhaps […]

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The Family Feels the Impact of Substance Abuse

It is a well known fact that a drug addiction can impact or destroy all areas of the individual’s life, as well as the lives of their families. Family dynamics may be affected and the damage difficult to repair. How are Families Affected by Substance Abuse? The individual who is abusing drugs doesn’t stop to […]

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Moving on from Painful History of Family Substance Abuse

People tend to carry the weight of emotional pain from their pasts. In many cases this pain is caused by family history of substance abuse, where one or both parents were struggling with abuse and addiction. Children who grow up with parents who are addicted are burdened with the events of their past, and find […]

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How to Know if You’re Enabling a Teen

It is difficult for parents when their teen is struggling with an addiction. They want to do everything they can to support their teen. But unfortunately, what the parents consider supporting their teen often means enabling. It’s not intentional, however, it doesn’t help the teen. What Is Enabling By definition, enabling means doing something for […]

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How Teens Can Admit Substance Abuse is a Problem

There is no age restriction on when an individual might get addicted to drugs. It can happen later in life too. However, the likelihood of an individual getting addicted at a younger age is much higher. The Signs of Drug Abuse It may seem hard to believe, but teens may not always realise that they […]

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The Connection Between Religion, Science and Substance Abuse

How do religion, science and substance abuse fit together? According to a two year study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), combining the power of religion with the power of science and professional medicine can prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction. It is unfortunate that very few, […]

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Why Doctors Self-Medicate

Not many people realize that doctors struggle with drug and alcohol addictions too, often at higher rates than the general population. Doctors are human beings too, and are exposed to the same risk factors for addiction as people outside the medical profession. They could be genetically predisposed to addiction, have suffered childhood trauma and have […]

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