man considers if his obsession is leading to addiction

Can an Obsession Lead to An Addiction?

An obsession is different than an addiction. An obsession is an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind. However, an addiction is an illness that affects the brain, causing a person to engage in compulsory substance use or addictive behaviors, such as gambling.

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How to Manage Seasonal Depression and Addiction

Seasonal depression and addiction often occur together during certain times of the year. Some individuals might not realize that they are struggling with seasonal depression, and it can be challenging to manage seasonal depression and addiction. There are ways to cope with seasonal depression, sometimes referred to as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), such as seeking…

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Understanding Fentanyl and the Need for Sober Help

Across the nation, many people are suffering from addictions to opiates. However, more powerful than heroin and morphine is the drug fentanyl.  Acetyl Fentanyl is an opiate that is mixed into street drugs and marketed as heroin. In fact, just a small amount can be fatal. Users typically use it intravenously as a direct substitute…

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Will I Be an Addict for Life?

There’s a saying among the Alcoholics Anonymous community that goes like this: Once an addict, always an addict. And this saying exists for good reason. Many people, including experts, believe that once a person has struggled with addiction, they will always be vulnerable to the illness even after many years of sobriety. So, it’s a…

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How to Help an Addict: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now

Substance abuse is an ever-growing concern, with nearly 19 million United States adults suffering some type of addiction. Unfortunately, for many people struggling with addiction, the problem is further complicated by co-occurring disorders. Combined, the two issues frequently lead sufferers to make rash decisions. These negatively impact friends, family, home life, work commitments, and many…

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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…