General Issues

Substance Abuse and the LGBT Community: What We Know

Members of the LGBT community often face a greater risk for substance abuse. Despite an overwhelming consensus on this fact,1 most research in the areas of addiction and recovery does not include sexual orientation. For example, in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence2 the authors searched two major databases for articles on the subject of substance abuse … Continue reading Substance Abuse and the LGBT Community: What We Know

General Issues

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

Many addicts become dependent on another substance or behavior after quitting their primary addiction. This is called cross-addiction.[1] 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 … Continue reading What Is Cross-Addiction and How Can You Combat It?

Addiction Warning Signs

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

Addiction is a highly stigmatized disease. A large part of this is due to how the media portrays addicts. As a result, society sees addicts in a decidedly negative light. Unfortunately, this moral persecution makes addicts less likely to seek treatment and encourages medical professionals to treat addicts poorly. This perspective has also led to … Continue reading Could Your Job Be Putting You at Risk for a Substance Abuse Problem?

Addiction Recovery

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, … Continue reading Can You Cure Addiction?