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Building a Relationship With Yourself After Addiction

April 27, 2021

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Recovery from substance abuse and addiction requires a number of different commitments. One of the issues on which you will have to work is your relationships with people. How will treatment help you re-form these relationships with those around you? To get there, you must first repair the relationship with yourself.

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My Adult Daughter Is an Addict What Do I Do?

April 7, 2021

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As they grow up, our daughters are the lights of our lives. However, we can’t control everything. One of the hardest realizations that a parent may have to rationalize is that their little girl, that seemed to have it all together, can grow up to use and abuse drugs or alcohol. Of course, the critical part of this is to make sure we identify and address the substance abuse or addiction issue early. This offers the greatest chance for recovery with the fewest long-term or permanent effects. Regardless, however, it may take time for parents to realize that there is a substance-abuse problem, even if many of the signs are clear to a professional.

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Eating Disorders, Transfer Addiction, and Body Image

June 28, 2017

Whether it’s overcoming an eating disorder, conquering an addiction, or both, the general assumption is that once a person receives treatment, they will be “cured.” However, there is a danger of trading your addiction. Addiction replacement, or transfer addiction, occurs when an individual in recovery substitutes one addiction for another. The transfer occurs as a person substitutes one addiction for another to compensate for some perceived absence, either an emotional or psychological one. Similar to addiction, the abuse of food can create a false sense of happiness or relief. Some studies suggest that the same pleasure centers in the brain…

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Can Apps Help Women Stay Clean & Sober?

June 13, 2017

The world continues to move online, so it should be no surprise that those in recovery are finding outlets online that will help them in their journey. As more and more people turn to their mobile devices to stay connected, apps have become increasingly popular in helping those in recovery. Below are some of the apps that could help you in your journey.* 5 Apps to Assist in Your Recovery Journey Rise Up + Recover Rise Up + Recover is an app that is geared toward helping those recovering from an eating disorder. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy to…

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How Alcohol Effects Women

September 22, 2016

While men drink more than women and are addicted to alcohol at a higher rate, women tend to develop an addiction more quickly than men, and the physical and mental health problems associated with chronic alcohol abuse occur more quickly and intensely in women. Women and men differ in a number of ways when it comes to developing an addiction, getting treatment, and recovering for the long-term. How Alcohol Affects Women Differently Than Men When it comes to drinking alcohol, men and women have crucial biological and behavioral differences that govern how they drink alcohol and respond to it, how…

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Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

September 20, 2016

Substance abuse during pregnancy puts the fetus at risk for a wide range of problems that can last a lifetime, including birth defects, behavioral problems and a variety of medical conditions. Different substances cause different problems for fetal development, and understanding how a particular substance can affect a child may be the impetus a mother needs to seek help for a substance use disorder. Alcohol and Pregnancy Almost 9 percent of pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 44 drank alcohol in the prior month in 2011, and 2.7 percent binge drank, or consumed more than four drinks on…

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Alcohol and Breast Cancer: Study Reveals New Link

August 22, 2016

Doctors have noted five medical conditions that are of great concern to women: heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases. Scientific research has identified particular risk factors for each disease, which helps inform women about steps they can take to protect themselves. Among the major health concerns they’re facing, breast cancer may be on the minds of women more than any other. This is quite understandable, since it can have far-reaching implications for mental and physical health. It is also second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death for women. Alcohol consumption is estimated to…

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Facts

May 4, 2016

Neonatal abstinence syndrome results when a fetus develops an addiction to opiates. If a mother abuses heroin, oxycodone or other opiate drugs, these drugs pass through the placenta and into the baby's system. When the baby is born and the drug is no longer available, withdrawal symptoms set in as early as one to three days after birth, or up to ten days later, according to Stanford Children's Health. Symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome The symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome may vary, depending on the type of opiate the mother was using, the dosages, the length of time she'd been…

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Dependence vs. Addiction: What’s the Difference?

August 14, 2015

Differentiating between a physical dependence on a substance and an addiction helps determine the best way to handle a loved one's substance abuse. In some cases, a loved one does not actually abuse drugs or alcohol due to an addiction; instead, her body craves the substance or she abuses the drugs due to the physical reactions that occur when she does not use the substance. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (1) says that addiction and dependence have similarities, but they are also very different. What is Dependence? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica (2), physical dependence refers to the tolerance…

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How Does Reinforcement Stimulation Create Addiction?

July 27, 2015

Reinforcement stimulation is a very real factor in our daily lives. Whether prompting us to eat more fast food or develop a debilitating substance abuse problem, reinforced stimuli drive how we live and breathe. When it comes to the world of psychology, reinforcement is a general term that refers to anything that increases the likelihood that the same behavior will repeat itself. A primary aspect of any type of reinforcement is that it has a certain impact on behavior - it will strengthen or increase the behavior in question. Anything that strengthens or increases the frequency of a given behavior…

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