888-480-1703
Who Answers?

Addiction Treatment Blog by Addiction Experts » Entries tagged with "addict"

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

Burroughs: A Pioneer in How We Perceive Addiction Today

  The “Beat Generation” often describes a group of Avant-garde American writers and poets who first gained distinction in the 1950’s post-World War II era, but also can refer to the broader social counter-culture movement that was glorified by their literature. The most well-known beat writers include William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1959), Jack Kerouac, On The Road (1957), Alan Ginsberg, Howl (1956). The movement grew from bohemian artist communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City’s Greenwich Village. The Beats favored a dress code that shunned materialism. They used slang adopted from jazz musicians and sought to be apolitical in their art. Aside from being non-conformist with fashion, sexuality, and religion, they favored substances that would increase sensory awareness – experimenting with all drug types, including opiates and hallucinogens. In Burroughs’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Featured, Recovery, Substance Abuse

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery

Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Pope Francis Takes Firm Stance against Drug Legalization

  Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of drugs while on a landmark trip to Brazil in July. During Francis’ first trip to back to South America, where he is from, the Pope urged regional leaders to take a firm stance against drug legalization plans in Latin America. Pope Francis denounced the illegal drug trade as well, condemning drug dealers and drug traffickers. “How many dealers of death there are that follow the logic of money and power at any cost! The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” he said. He also urged people to overcome the roots of the drug epidemic while on the third day of his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Recovery, Spirituality

Parents of Addicts Need to Take Care of Themselves First

Parents of Addicts Need to Take Care of Themselves First

No parent wants to believe that his or her child is an addict, even when all the signs of addiction are glaring. After all, this is the child they have raised, taught to the best of their ability, and loved unconditionally. How could that child become an addict? The fact is that addiction happens, and it can happen to anybody who makes these dangerous choices, regardless of how much they were loved, given, and taught. It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction

Man Blames Apple for his Porn Addiction

Man Blames Apple for his Porn Addiction

  For those suffering from porn addiction, it can be incredibly difficult to even admit you have a problem, let alone seek therapy for it. Porn addicts must confront a problem that is personal and embarrassing, not to mention the entire concept of porn addiction is shrouded in shame and stigma. However, a lawyer from, Nashville, TN has gone completely public with his experience of porn addiction. Chris Sevier, 36, is blaming Apple, Inc. for not restricting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Latest News, Love and Relationships

Am I A Drug Addict?

Am I A Drug Addict?

Many people are aware of what addiction is. They may have experienced how the disease physically and psychologically affects the addict and those around them. However, for many people, there comes a point where they’re wondering: “Am I an addict?” Perhaps someone told them that they have a problem, maybe they notice their life spiraling out of control, or maybe they’re just not sure what constitutes addiction. While there are certain patterns that can typically indicate … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Overcoming Substitute Addictions such as Food Addiction

Overcoming Substitute Addictions such as Food Addiction

  My name is David and I am an addict. For years I was addicted to marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs, and now I am clean. I was addicted to cigarettes, and now I don’t smoke anymore. I am also a food addict and a diabetic. However, even though I don’t crave “substances” on a daily basis and believe I have put that chapter behind me, certain foods are still difficult for me to consume in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Eating disorders

Celebrating Freedom from Addiction

Celebrating Freedom from Addiction

  Breaking the chains of addiction to drugs, alcohol, or any other behavior is one of the hardest, most challenging undertakings ever. Those chains are strong! You see, the human body is very in tune with itself and usually it is right. For example, when our body tells us we are hungry, we should eat. When our body tells us we are tired, we should rest. However, when a person tries to give up drugs or alcohol, his … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery