What is a behavior addiction?

What is a Behavior Addiction?

Every day, people engage in behaviors with different consequences. A behavior that is repeated without the ability to stop despite negative consequences can become an addiction. When an individual is hungry, he or she eats and stops when he or

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Why Staying Sober is Fun

Why Staying Sober is Fun

People usually associate socializing with drinking alcohol and people drink on practically any occasion. A person may intend to have just one or two drinks, but soon discover him or herself in a situation they cannot control. Consuming alcohol can

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The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Blackouts were once associated with alcoholism but can happen when a person drinks a lot of alcohol too fast. Blackouts cause long-term damage. High levels of alcohol impair the part of the brain that forms new memories. A blackout is

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Children of Parents with an Addiction to Alcohol

Children of Parents with an Addiction to Alcohol

Children of parents who struggle with alcoholism are at risk of experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and drug or alcohol abuse. Children of parents with an addiction to alcohol can feel uncertain, unstable, neglected, disorganized,

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How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Leads to Substance Abuse

How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Leads to Substance Abuse

Mental health contributes to substance abuse and addiction. Depression, anxiety, and stress can lead to substance abuse because it induces a temporary escape from reality. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental disorder that causes depression, intense anxiety, and

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A New Life in Recovery

A New Life in Recovery

When treatment ends, your new life in recovery is just beginning. Getting back to a substance-free lifestyle after treatment can be a difficult transition. Addiction physically and mentally changes your body. Using drugs or alcohol was the number one priority

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Telling Loved Ones about Your Addiction

Telling Loved Ones about Your Addiction

Admitting you are struggling with addiction is the first step to long-term recovery. Telling your family that you have an addiction and need help can be extremely difficult. Addiction has a stigma in our society and admitting you are addicted

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How Childhood Trauma can Lead to Addiction

How Childhood Trauma can Lead to Addiction

People turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with trauma at any age. Some trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and put a person at risk of developing a drug or alcohol addiction. Traumatic events can bring back

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