Before Recovery: The First Time He Hit Me

Before Recovery: The First Time He Hit Me

For the purposes of easy reading and to protect his identity, I’ll call my ex boyfriend Aaron. The first time he hit me it surprised me more than it physically hurt. He was immediately consumed with guilt and shame afterward; he fell...
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04/01 2015
Motivational Interviewing and Addiction Treatment

Motivational Interviewing and Addiction Treatment

Patients who seek treatment for addiction often suffer from depleted self-confidence and can feel hopeless against their addiction. Motivational Interviewing is a strategy in addiction treatment that is used to encourage those suffering from substance abuse to change their lifestyle and embrace...
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03/19 2015
Eating Disorders Are a Form of Addiction

Eating Disorders Are a Form of Addiction

Eating disorders are serious medical conditions that can have devastating health consequences if not stopped or treated in a timely manner. The most common types of eating disorders include bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. These three potentially lethal conditions involve...
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01/27 2015
Compartmentalization

Compartmentalization

The longer I’m in recovery the more I realize how much of my time I spent in mental defense against the truth concerning my drinking and using. I didn’t want to face the truth about myself and how I was truly feeling...
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01/26 2015
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are one of the many ways alcohol can kill or leave users injured. The various other ways begin with the fact that it is a toxic substance. Many young adults die from binge drinking, which overloads the system with...
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01/21 2015
Relapse Is a Part of My Story

Relapse Is a Part of My Story

Relapse is a part of my story. I was once ashamed of that, and I can honestly say that I am not embarrassed anymore! I actively choose to not dwell on it and let myself start to think those negative thoughts: “You...
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01/19 2015
Learning Disabilities and Drug Abuse

Learning Disabilities and Drug Abuse

Recent studies from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse are indicating that a link between learning disabilities such as attention deficit disorder or dyslexia and substance abuse may exist. The study suggests that children and adolescents with learning disabilities might...
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01/16 2015
The Purpose and Goals of Interventions

The Purpose and Goals of Interventions

Interventions An intervention can be an effective tool to effectively demonstrate the depth and severity of substance abuse and addiction to someone you love. It can help them get the help they need before it is too late. Identifying addictive behavior and...
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04/04 2014
Genetics Play a Large Role In Addiction

Genetics Play a Large Role In Addiction

Why do some people become addicted, while others do not? Genetics play a large role in addiction. Studies of identical twins indicate that as much as half of an individual’s risk of becoming addicted to alcohol, or other drugs depends on his...
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04/04 2014
Addiction and the Ego

Addiction and the Ego

In psychoanalysis, the ego is the division of the psyche that is conscious; it controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality. It is your ego which also gives you self-pride and self-esteem, which are crucial for happiness...
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04/04 2014