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What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?
Anxiety is a completely normal human emotion that everyone experiences throughout their lives. Many people feel anxious, or even nervous at times, when they are facing a problem at work, prior to taking a test, or even when it comes to making important decisions. Anxiety disorders, however, are much different. They can cause such distress that it can interfere with a person’s ability...

The Potential Damage of Bottled-Up Emoti...

The Potential Damage of Bottled-Up Emotions
Although an often overlooked cause of addiction, emotional trauma lies at the heart of many types of various addictions. This recognition is not new and since the 1970s, treatment professionals have understood the role emotions play in the development of substance abuse disorders and relapse. Numerous studies have found that a history of childhood neglect, sexual, physical, or emotional...

Mental Discipline and Healthy Thinking

Mental Discipline and Healthy Thinking
Although addiction never stems from a simple lack of willpower, willpower is nevertheless a vital concept for addiction recovery. In fact, an addict’s willingness to work at sobriety is a primary concept to recovery, as people cannot stay clean unless they truly want to do so. Numerous 12-Step programs and other forms of treatment call for addicts to acknowledge their powerlessness to...

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Co...

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Combat Veteran
Some people cannot hide their sadness or shock following a traumatic event, but other people may not show such obvious signs of trauma. The signs of trauma are shockingly high for combat veterans who are returning home, and the symptoms can cause major problems if left untreated. Everyone reacts differently following traumatic experiences, so look for changes in behavior to know when...

How to Foster Discipline in Your Life

How to Foster Discipline in Your Life
Discipline is a skill that most drug addicts neglect during their drug abuse. They may have been extremely careful and diligent enough to get their next fix whenever they wanted it, but meeting the demands of a disease is different than committing to support recovery. In fact, chaos becomes normal for drug addicts, and they typically never think beyond the consequences of their drug...

Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Coun...

Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Counseling for Codependency
Codependent relationships can go on for years, even before you realize what a mess you are in. When you become stuck in the middle of a codependent relationship, the only way out is to change the circumstances. No matter how painful it is, you have to stop supporting your loved one financially or until he shows that he wants to pursue treatment. As long as you give users a place to...

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhel...

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed
Some days, everything seems to go wrong; other days, nothing happens, but you feel so overwhelmed that you think you cannot muster the energy to get off the couch. If you feel overwhelmed all the time, then know that you are not alone and that you can take steps to cope with your stress. It may be tempting to use drugs to escape your problems, but the better route is to find healthy...

Reviewing CBT

Reviewing CBT
There are so many types of therapy available that it can be hard to keep track of them all. You may even want to get professional help, but have no idea of where to start. In response, it is a good idea to have a general knowledge of the leading forms of treatment, one of which is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This treatment method address addiction and a myriad other...

How Will Abusing Sedatives Affect My Dep...

How Will Abusing Sedatives Affect My Depression?
Depression is an everyday struggle, so it may be tempting for people with this issue to turn to drugs or alcohol to dull their pain. However, substance abuse will complicate matters—using sedatives such as opium will worsen your depression symptoms and give you more stress. Furthermore, this drug is highly addictive, so, if you develop a habit, then you will have to recover from not...

Addiction and an Underdog Mentality

Addiction and an Underdog Mentality
Progressive opium abuse can lead both to tolerance and dependence, which are problems that make it excruciating for addicts to quit. In short, the results of opium addiction can be devastating, such as job loss, financial issues, health problems, relationship struggles and even the possibility of death. Although many of these consequences can be reversed with treatment and enough time,...

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