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Loneliness and Mental Illness

Loneliness and Mental Illness

Human beings are social creatures.  Our closest animal counterparts by behavior are apes and group predators like wolves, both heavily interdependent societal animals.  We grow up by learning from our parents and peers, form close-knit, more-or-less permanent family groups, and make deep, satisfying, long-lasting friendships. Addiction and other mental disorders disturb and endanger our relationships, leaving many with problems feeling completely alone.  Mental health problems are threatening not just to the sufferer but to friends and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Mental Illness

Addicts and Cigarettes

Addicts and Cigarettes

  Every addict knows the smokers.  Users smoke while using.  Those in recovery smoke before meetings, during breaks at work, between classes at school.  Smoking is an addiction too, but an acceptable one.  It’s a safe replacement – not because it won’t kill you, but because it won’t kill you today.  Everyone knows smoking is bad for you, that it causes lung cancer, emphysema, etc.  But we smoke anyways.  For some people it’s a comforting habit, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction

Top 5 Scariest Drugs on Earth

  It seems that over time the media reports one scary new drug over one scary addiction. Here is our take on the 5 scariest substances out there today. Illicit methamphetamine use has been increasing throughout America since the 1980’s. From production of the drug to its comedown, it devastates users and sometimes entire communities. The production of methamphetamine may be the drug’s scariest aspect. Using highly explosive chemicals, often in tight quarters, meth can be made in any home or trailer. There are countless stories where houses have exploded within residential neighborhoods. Once the drugs are synthesized via dangerous methods, the violent chain of distribution begins. Traffickers are often organized gangs with ferocious reputations. By purchasing methamphetamine one is directly supporting violent-criminal acts.  The methamphetamine user experiences intense mania, paranoia, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs

Health Risks of Intravenous Drug Use

Health Risks of Intravenous Drug Use

  Most people recognize that intravenous drug use is dangerous by itself, simply because it involves injecting oneself with toxic chemicals. Besides the obvious risks of untrained individuals injecting themselves with anything, intravenous drug users are also at high risk for developing a number of infections and diseases. The list below includes diseases as well as viral and bacterial infections that intravenous drug users are at risk for contracting or developing. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a retrovirus … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs

Accepting my Chaos

Accepting my Chaos

  About 14 months ago, in May 2012, I decided to enter a residential treatment center for a variety of emotional issues – extreme emotional dysregulation, chaotic interpersonal relationships, and an unstable sense of self, to name a few. My life before treatment was quite a kerfuffle, and my ability to function in society was dismal at best. While I was aware that I needed the intensive help of acute care, I also did not want … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Treatment

Are You an Alcoholic?

Are You an Alcoholic?

  A lot of people grapple with the idea that they may be an alcoholic, even long after they begin attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.  They often find themselves seeking an answer through Google searches, and picking up questionnaires from meetings.  While listening to the stories of other alcoholics, they may sometimes think to themselves, yes that sounds like me. I must be an alcoholic too, while at other times hearing differences that bring thoughts like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

Women More Likely Than Men to Develop Mental Health Problems, New Study Reveals

  A new analysis done by Professor Daniel Freeman of Oxford University says that women are much more likely to develop mental health conditions than are men. The findings of the study, which is based on data from other epidemiological studies from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, present significant ramifications for public health, especially where mental health issues are concerned. Millions of people in the UK alone were affected by mental illness. According to Dr. Freeman’s study, women are almost 75 percent more likely than their male counterparts to report recent difficulties with depression and are about 60 percent more likely to report an anxiety disorder. On the other hand, it found men are more likely to report to experience and subsequently report a condition that is related … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mental Illness, Research

Sex Addiction vs. Porn Addiction

Sex Addiction vs. Porn Addiction

  Pornography has emerged as an epidemic in the 20th and 21st centuries, making addiction to pornography widespread. When diagnosing this condition it is important that we do not group porn addiction with sex addiction because they are very different. Classic sex addiction is rare whereas porn addiction is much more common. Pornography itself is alluring and easy to obtain in the world today. Anyone who has access to the internet should be able to quickly navigate … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders

Rod Stewart Reveals Steroid Abuse to Soothe Vocal Cords Came With a “Small” Price

  1970’s and 80’s superstar singer, Rod Stewart, has just recently admitted that he depended on corticosteroids, commonly referred to as plain old steroids, to help relax his strained vocal cords before performing in shows. But maintain his raspy, one-of-a-kind voice came with a price. His steroid abuse not only produced a number of physically painful negative side effects. It shrunk his junk. The Cleveland Clinic defines corticosteroids as “a man-made drug that closely resembles cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce naturally. Corticosteroids are different from the male hormone-related steroid compounds that some athletes abuse.” There are quite a few negative side effects of corticosteroids, due to prolonged and/or overuse of them. Some of these include mood swings, weight gain, stomach irritation, water retention, swollen face, and even insomnia and osteoporosis. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News

Lindsay Lohan’s Rehab Experience: Not Going Well At All

  At the renowned Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, Lindsay Lohan is doing her court-ordered rehab stint for three months as part of a plea deal in her lying-to-cops case involving a car accident in Santa Monica, California last summer. But things at the facility have been far from “rehabilitating” for the troubled actress. She is struggling severely with overeating, poor hygiene, and lack of energy due to her prescription drug, Adderall, being taken away from her. Reported exclusively by RadarOnline.com, an anonymous source spoke out about the actress’s uncomfortable experience, revealing that “Lindsay just doesn’t want to be there. She was forced to go to Betty Ford by the judge instead of going to jail. The actress looks extremely haggard, her face is bloated, and it doesn’t look like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News, Substance Abuse