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The Stages of Treatment

During treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol, there are stages characterized by the early, middle, and late stages. Since addiction is an individualistic experience, each stage differs due to the condition of the person suffering from substance use disorder (SUD), the therapeutic strategies that are effective for them, and the characteristics of guidance from…

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How Alcohol Affects the Body

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, excessive drinking can severely impact health in a multitude of ways. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, alcoholic beverages are human carcinogens or substances that can cause cancer in living tissue. From the brain to the liver, to the immune…

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Mindfulness May Reduce Opioid Cravings

Mindfulness is the reflective practice of concentrating on the present moment and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, with no judgment. According to a study recently published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information, mindfulness may help people suffering from addiction to opioids. Furthermore, it may lead to less pain and fewer cravings for…

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Anger and Addiction

Addiction and anger are closely connected. The American Psychological Association defines anger as an emotion categorized by tension and aggression resulting from frustration. This frustration can arise from real or perceived injury or injustice from another person or external force. Things that may lead to anger include situations at work, at home, with friends, or…

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Drugged Driving

Drugged driving is considered driving a vehicle while being under the influence of illegal or legal substances. Illegal substances include cocaine, heroin, marijuana, hallucinogens, methamphetamine, or inhalants. Legal substances include prescription medications and alcohol. It is risky behavior that puts everyone on the roadways in danger: the driver, their passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers. It…

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Anxiety in Childhood May Lead to Alcohol Use Disorders Later in Life

Evidence from a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that anxiety during childhood leads to subsequent alcohol use disorders, such as alcoholism or alcohol dependence. Alcoholism is the inability to control one’s drinking due to physical and emotional reliance upon it. Childhood anxiety is positively associated with the development of alcoholism…