Substance Abuse and the LGBT Community: What We Know

Despite an overwhelming consensus1 that members of the LGBT community face a greater risk for substance abuse, much of the research done on addiction and recovery does not specifically account for sexual orientation. This was the conclusion researchers came to in a 2015 article published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.2 In it, the […]

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What Is Cross-Addiction and How Can You Combat It?

Many addicts become dependent on something else after quitting their primary addiction. This is called cross-addiction. But why does it happen and how can addicts combat it? When an addict takes their drink or drug of choice, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neural messenger, signaling to the […]

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Could Your Job Be Putting You at Risk for a Substance Abuse Problem?

Addiction is a highly stigmatized disease. Largely due to how addicts are portrayed in the media—which naturally focuses on the most extreme cases—society sees addicts in a decidedly negative light. Unfortunately, this moral persecution has made addicts less likely to seek treatment, has encouraged medical professionals to treat addicts poorly, has caused prejudices toward addicted […]

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The Importance of Medical Detox Before Rehab

Asking or agreeing to go to treatment is a big first step in the road to recovery. If you have never gone to drug or alcohol rehabilitation before, different ideas and preconceptions probably come to mind. You may think of what you have seen in movies or TV shows and pictures of people going through […]

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Can You Cure Addiction?

Every year, new findings are released in the field of addiction recovery. The latest research indicates that addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing maintenance. In the early stages of recovery, addiction treatment can be very beneficial in treating acute withdrawal as well as breaking the cycle of addictive behavior. After initial addiction treatment, […]

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Six Signs that You Are Ready to Get Sober

It’s an old cliché that people aren’t ready to get sober until they hit “rock bottom.” Rather than talk about or try to define what rock bottom may be for you, it’s easier (and just as accurate) to talk about being ready to get sober once you reach a certain level of awareness about your […]

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Disease or Decision?: Solving the Riddle of Addiction

The concept of addiction as disease, though familiar and widely accepted today, is still somewhat novel. When you think of a disease, it’s often cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease that come to mind, each of which couldn’t be any more different from addiction. Understandably, this wasn’t the most apparent conclusion to draw with alcoholism and […]

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This Is What an Addict Looks Like

Dressed in a button-down and slacks, Michael Findeis sits forward in his chair, his voice a permanent whisper as he describes the journey of the brain through addiction and recovery. Behind him on the wall hang two diplomas—a master’s degree in social work and another in psychology. Beside him sits Ryan Drake, a man roughly […]

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In Sickness and in Health: When Married Couples Face Addiction Together

The topic of addiction usually stimulates thoughts and conversations about individuals, the millions of separate bodies who independently develop and suffer from addictions. Generally, most people immediately think about the physical and behavioral effects, followed by economic and legal repercussions before finally exploring the implications for addicts’ families. It may be reasonable to consider the […]

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Addiction and Fame: What’s the Connection?

Addiction, divorce, Jennifer Lawrence’s newest hairstyle: Wait in line in a drug store and chances are you’ll see at least one of these headlining the magazines that, just below, promise to reveal the season’s new lip color. Seeing Jennifer Lawrence on a magazine cover is common enough—I mean, it’s JLaw. Perhaps divorce isn’t all too […]

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