The concept of addiction as a disease, though familiar and widely accepted today, is still somewhat novel. When one thinks of diseases, cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s may come to mind; each of these is so different from addiction in their nature. Historically, addiction has often been viewed as a moral disease, if a disease at … Continue reading Disease or Decision: Solving the Riddle of Addiction
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 … Continue reading This Is What an Addict Looks Like
The topic of addiction usually stimulates thoughts and conversations about the millions each year that develop and suffer from drug abuse. Most people immediately think about the physical, behavioral, economic and legal repercussions before exploring the implications for addicts’ families. It may be reasonable to consider the disease of addiction in this way—working from inside … Continue reading In Sickness and in Health: When Married Couples Face Addiction Together
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 … Continue reading Addiction and Fame: What’s the Connection?
When you’re sober, you face the year-round challenge of social gatherings that involve alcohol. These gatherings become even more frequent and difficult to navigate during party and holiday seasons. As Everyday Health explains, “The holidays involve seeing old friends and family (not all of whom you get along with), and rituals that may have involved … Continue reading How to Prepare for the Party Season When You’re Sober
When it comes to the current conceptualization of addiction, most would subscribe to the compelling disease model, which decidedly states that addiction is a chronic, progressive and incurable disease of the brain. In fact, most of the current addiction treatment methods and therapies utilized in recovery programming are based on this notion of addiction … Continue reading Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?
Addiction is an indiscriminate disease. Anyone who experiments with alcohol or drugs—regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, location, political affiliation and so on—could become chemically dependent. Moreover, people can begin abusing dangerous, mind-altering substance for any number of reasons; however, many of those reasons amount to substance abuse being a form of self-medication. In … Continue reading Is the LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Addiction?
Deciding to get help for an addiction is a brave first step. The situation turns more challenging, however, when seeking treatment comes with news of an HIV and/or hepatitis C diagnosis. Fortunately, there is plenty of help for former addicts living with these diseases. In some cases, injection drug users learn they are infected with … Continue reading Newly Diagnosed with HIV/Hepatitis C? Here’s How to Best Get Help
Blaire Sharpe and Phillip L. Woods know all too well about the pain that comes with growing up in an alcoholic home. But both have overcome that pain to create successful lives and enjoy the kind of peace they never had as children. In her new book, “Not Really Gone,” Sharpe (a pen name) describes … Continue reading Children of Alcoholics Discuss Life ‘in a War Zone’
You toss and turn for hours. You finally sigh and get out of bed. You have to be up early for work and really need some sleep. You flip on the kitchen light and pour yourself a generous glass of red wine. You pull pain pills or sleep aids from the medicine cabinet. Does this … Continue reading Sleep Issues and Substance Abuse