Health Complications Associated with Alcohol Abuse

Health Complications Associated with Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol imposes serious health complications to your body physically, physiologically, and mentally. Alcohol makes an impact on major organs in the human body including the nervous system. Alcohol abuse can lead to liver damage, kidney failure, lung infections, and puts

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Keeping a Journal in Addiction Recovery

Keeping a Journal in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is complex and wreaks havoc on a person’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. Addiction changes the way the brain works and makes the brain dependent on drugs or alcohol to function. People often abuse drugs and alcohol to cope

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What Happens to the Body When it's Addicted

What Happens to the Body When it’s Addicted

The human body has organs that function together to keep a person alive. These organs need to stay healthy and are essential to survival. Addiction can lead to heart complications, liver failure, kidney disease, and changes brain chemistry. The brain

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Health Risks of Vaping and JUULing

Health Risks of Vaping and JUULing

The trend of vaping and JUULing is putting teens at risk for serious health complications. Vapes, vaporizers, JUULs, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are electronic nicotine delivery systems often used to replace other habit-forming nicotine delivery vessels, such as cigarettes, which

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DXM: The Addictive Ingredient in Cough Medicine

DXM: The Addictive Ingredient in Cough Medicine

Dextromethorphan (DXM) is an active ingredient found in most cough medicines and is used as a cough suppressant. DXM is a legal drug that can be purchased by anyone, including preteens in most states. Over-the-counter medications, such as Vicks, Robitussin,

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Is There a Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?

Is There a Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?

There is a difference between addiction and dependence to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a behavior that continues despite any harmful consequences. Drug or alcohol misuse can lead to serious physical and mental health problems. It can cause heart attack,

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Excessive Social Media Use and Addiction

Excessive Social Media Use and Addiction

Most people have cell phones with unlimited availability to the Internet. There are dozens of social media websites and apps that can be downloaded to cell phones. Social media allows a person to accept requests from followers or friends, which

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Addiction and Mental Illness: What is Treated First?

Addiction and Mental Illness: What is Treated First?

Addiction often co-occurs with an underlying mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or ADHD. Addiction and mental illness need to be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best success in recovery. Coping with a loved one’s addiction

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Working Through Past Trauma

Working Through Past Trauma

Traumatic events can lead to substance abuse as a way to escape emotional or physical pain. Treatment helps you work through past trauma and discover alternative ways to cope. Healing from past trauma helps to set the foundation for a

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