Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Article: Dependency vs. Addiction

There is a difference between physical dependence and addiction. This distinction can be difficult to understand, particularly with prescribed pain medications. With pain pills, the need for increasing dosages for pain relief can be indicate either addiction or physical dependence. We review the basic clinical criteria for each so that you can identify an addict from a chemically dependent person here.

What Is Drug Dependence?

Physical dependence can occur during the use of many drugs – even if you are taking the drugs appropriately, as prescribed or medically instructed. In fact, physical dependence in and of itself IS NOT addiction. Here, we’ll review the two characteristics of physical drug dependence. But before that, you need to understand the principle of homeostasis.


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Article: What is Addiction? Understanding Addiction!

Addiction is a chronic, but treatable, brain disorder. People who are addicted cannot control their need for alcohol or other drugs, even in the face of negative health, social or legal consequences. This lack of control is the result of alcohol- or drug-induced changes in the brain. Those changes, in turn, cause behavior changes.

The brains of addicted people “have been modified by the drug in such a way that absence of the drug makes a signal to their brain that is equivalent to the signal of when you are starving,” says National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow. It is “as if the individual was in a state of deprivation, where taking the drug is indispensable for survival. It’s as powerful as that.”


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Brief Article: Is Facebook Creating Generation of Gambling Addicts With Vegas Style Games?

Kids are now getting caught up in the thrill of poker games and slot machines.

They are using virtual coins to mimic the rush of gambling found when you hit the jackpot, all on the social media site Facebook.


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Article: Dealing with Depression: Self-Help Activities In Recovery

Depression manifests itself in many forms and there is no one size fits all in dealing with it. Depression can range from the feeling (like a cartoon character) of a small dark cloud lingering over your head (mild) all the way to a feeling of desperation, like life is not worth living (very severe). If your get up and go has lessened, you are likely depressed. There is no negative social stigma attached to depression. It happens to the best of us.

  1. Check for physical causes
  2. Know that drugs and alcohol will not help you
  3. Aim for daily balanced living

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Brief Article: Is it Wrong to be Selfish in Early Recovery?

Selfishness In Addiction Recovery

Many people talk about putting yourself first in order to recover from drug, alcohol or chemical addictions. For some people, early recovery may be a necessary time of self-reflection and time spent alone. Others, however, cannot really afford to shelter from the storm of life, and must press on. We’ll attempt to talk here about prioritizing the “self” in early recovery by offering thoughts on both sides of the fence.

What do you think? Please share your feedback and comments below.

1. No, it is OK to be selfish in early recovery

The most important thing that you have to do in recovery is to stay clean. For some people, selfishness is a survival mechanism in early recovery. In fact, selfishness is not even a choice but is a mark of where you are in your psycho-spiritual development. If you’re not capable of doing else than being selfish, but you can stay clean and sober, then continue doing what you’re doing. But, be sure to define “early recovery” within a certain time frame (up to 1 year seems good)…and try not to use selfishness as an excuse to do bad things. Do what you can, and put effort into growing up and out of selfishness as you accumulate clean time.

2. Yes, it’s wrong to be selfish in early recovery

In active addiction, addicts and alcoholics are by nature selfish. Addiction is a self-centered disease, which not only feeds on the mental, physical, and spiritual elements of the self, but drains the lives of loved ones. Responsibilities and obligations do not matter to the active addict, but should become more important to an addict in recovery. Otherwise, it is unfair to the people that have been “taken hostage” during addictive periods. Continued selfishness in early recovery can be a refusal to grow out of an immature state of mind, and needs to be overcome.


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Brief Article: Addiction and Low Self Esteem

Self Esteem Exercise

Go to the mirror, look the person you see straight in the eye, and see what your immediate reaction is.

If it’s less than very positive, you have a self esteem issue – no “ifs”, “ands” or “buts” about it. What you chose to do about it is strictly up to you; but this person says you’d better get help and not self help. If you could fix things yourself, you would have already done it! Don’t kid yourself.


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Article: Gambling Should Be Illegal: Top 5 Reasons Why

  1. Gambling is subject to fraud
  2. Availability of gambling facilities increase risk of problem gambling
  3. Problem gambling costs society billions annually
  4. Gambling exploits the poor
  5. Gambling sets a double standard for government 
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Brief Article: Does Gambling Ruin Lives??

Life itself is a gamble but it is also a necessity. Marriage, employment, re-locating, etc, are all risks that we take. But each of these activities can be successful with careful planning. With gambling, however, there are no dependable plans. And yes, gambling can ruin lives.


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Brief Article: Addiction Self Control

Exercising Self Control In Addiction Treatment

How can you exercise more self-control in addiction recovery? How can you implement strategies to prevent relapsing?   How can you resist cravings and overcome thoughts? We explore here and introduce you to methods taught in the SMART Recovery ® model . We invite your questions, comments, and feedback at the end. So let’s start by defining some words.

Addiction – Something you regularly do quickly and easily in the moment but that doesn’t really work in your life.

Beliefs – Words consistent with the way you behave and that you seem to be taking seriously.

Self-control – What you choose to do.


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