Causes of Alcoholism: “Why Am I An Alcoholic?”

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In a world and culture where drinking tends to be the norm, it can be hard to see or understand when social or moderate drinking has turned into a problem. Often times, the lines are blurred for people who have dangerously moved from drinking in moderation into habit because society has conditioned us that getting intoxicated is how we celebrate, … Read More

The Signs And Stages Of Drug Addiction

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Substance abuse is a widespread problem in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million people aged 12 or older needed treatment for a substance or alcohol abuse problem in 2009. And those numbers are only growing. Addiction is a complex disease, and it’s difficult for … Read More

Is There A Connection Between Depression And Alcoholism?

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When it comes to alcoholism, there is another diagnosis that often accompanies it— depression. But the relationship between alcoholism and depression is a bit like the chicken and the egg, in that it’s hard to determine which came first. Some believe that depression leads to alcoholism, while others think that alcoholism leads to depression. In a way, both are probably … Read More

How To Avoid Enabling Drug Addiction

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Substance abuse and addiction are serious problems in the United States. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that while more than 23 million people needed treatment for a substance use disorder, only 2.5 million of them received treatment. These numbers suggest that many people are in denial about their substance abuse. The reasons for denial are complex, … Read More

Prisons Turn To $1000 Vivitrol Injection To Fight Opioid Epidemic

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The United States is in the middle of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. It’s estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an approximate 2.1 million Americans suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid painkillers and another 467,000 are addicted to heroin. The consequences of this epidemic have been devastating. According to the U.S. Department … Read More

What Is Fentanyl And How Is It Harming Colorado?

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When he picked up his painkiller from the pharmacy, he didn’t know about others who were picking up this same substance from other sources and using it very differently than he was. Struggling with intense pain from cancer, he found relief through the medication being released by the fentanyl patches. However, others were finding a different type of “relief” as they would … Read More

The Correlation Between Trauma And Substance Abuse

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One of the most frequently asked questions regarding substance abuse is, “what causes addiction?” While there’s no clear answer, there are several risk factors that affect the likelihood that a person will experience addiction during their lifetime. A family history of addiction, having a mental health disorder, peer pressure, lack of family involvement, and a genetic predisposition are all common … Read More

How To Find Friends That Will Keep You Sober

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Going through recovery is in many ways a kind of rebirth process: choosing to destroy old parts of yourself (the anxious, depressed, or insecure ones that drove you to drink) and manifesting a new self in their place. Some people might like the symbolic imagery of a Phoenix, although I always preferred the more brutalist imagery of ripping a building … Read More

6 Tips For Lasting Alcohol Sobriety

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After completing treatment for alcohol substance abuse, a person leaves the facility with newfound hope and mental clarity. However, as they integrate back into daily life outside of treatment walls, life can get tricky to navigate as drinking triggers begin to resurface. Detoxing and finishing rehab are only the beginning steps to lasting recovery. This is a vital understanding that … Read More