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Types of Addiction

People are familiar with addiction to drugs and alcohol. These are the first thing people think about, not realizing many types of addiction don’t involve abusing a substance. Addictions can be substance addictions, behavioral addictions, or impulse control disorders. There are some things that all addictions have in common. All involve cravings for the substance…

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How Does AA Help?

Alcoholics Anonymous or AA is one of the largest support groups for recovering alcoholics across the country. No matter where you live, you can often find many meetings within easy distance. This faith-based program follows a 12-step principle that members work on in order. How does AA help those who attend its program and follow…

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Motivational Interviewing and Addiction

Often, the decision to quit an addictive substance is filled with ambivalence. This is especially true for individuals who are in treatment as a result of a court order, but even though those who seek treatment on their own may have a period of being unsure. Individuals worry about going through withdrawal, being strong enough…

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What are the Symptoms of Addiction?

In 2017, more than 70,000 people lost their lives to a drug overdose; many of them had an addiction disorder. Most will have also had family members wondering what they could have done differently or how they missed the signs. What are the symptoms of addiction? What Is Addiction? Addiction is a chronic condition that…

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Psychological Dependence

When people talk about drinking alcohol or taking a particular substance, usually, they focus on how it makes them feel physically. Little is said or acknowledged about the psychological dependence behind every person’s addiction. We must acknowledge the role of such dependence and develop a plan to address it. This way, they can reach true…

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What Is Psychotherapy?

What is psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy that has proven helpful in treating mental health issues. Also, it’s an important part of many addiction treatment programs. Through the use of psychotherapy, clients learn to recognize and to redirect negative or magical thinking patterns. Thus, they may experience reality in a positive and…

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Addiction

Life can get rough sometimes. It can be even more rough for someone dealing with an anxiety disorder. Simple tasks such as social engagements, fulfilling job functions, taking tests in school, driving, or even leaving the house can cause immense fear. Although it may seem irrational to many, it is very rational to the person…