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How is Addiction Related to Loneliness?

Social isolation, especially in childhood, is a major predictor of addiction risk. People who are more isolated are at greater risk for mental health issues and addiction. People are fundamentally social beings and isolation isn’t healthy. People who are socially isolated have fewer resources for dealing with problems. Therefore, when things go wrong, it’s moreRead More

4 Goals for Addiction Recovery

Setting goals is an important part of recovery. Everyone knows she should do certain things–avoid bad influences, go to meetings, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and so on. In reality, making substantive changes is hard. It’s easy to put off some things and let others fall through the cracks. Making specific goals and trackingRead More

How to Keep Yourself Accountable in Addiction Recovery

Accountability is important in recovery. If addiction has taught you anything, it’s that willpower alone doesn’t count for much. Willpower helps, to be sure, but it’s more of a stopgap than a long-term plan. Having a plan for recovery entails having some form of accountability. Ideally, you will have several levels of accountability, just toRead More

Why is Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol So Dangerous?

Cocaine and alcohol is a common combination. People often drink a bit, get tired, then do a bit of cocaine to bring them up and keep them going. On the other hand, drinking enhances the effect of the cocaine. Unfortunately, combining alcohol and cocaine is far more dangerous than using either substance alone. First, usingRead More

Alcohol Doesn’t Kill Brain Cells But It Does Strip the Wires

A persistent myth about alcohol is that it kills brain cells. For the most part, this isn’t true. Decades of alcohol abuse may cause Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which may cause cell death, but Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is caused by thiamine deficiency. Alcohol causes poor absorption of thiamine, but it doesn’t directly kill brain cells. Alcohol can alsoRead More

What’s the Difference Between a Desire and a Craving?

At a basic level, a craving is an intense desire. Not only do you want something, but you feel like you must have it. While we can desire pretty much anything, we tend to crave fundamental things like food and sex. Of course, a craving can also be to satisfy drugs or alcohol, or anyRead More

The Deadliest Drugs Are Legal

People are becoming increasingly aware of the opioid crisis in the US. Last year, about 60,000 Americans died from overdoses involving opioids–more than violent crime, car accidents, and terrorism combined. It’s a shocking statistic and many governors, at least, are taking the opioid crisis very seriously. What may be surprising is that opioids are notRead More

Can You Really Have an Addictive Personality?

There is a popular idea of a an addictive personality. This is the idea of a type of person who is prone to excess and obsession. He doesn’t take up baking; he opens a bakery. He doesn’t have a drink; he has 20. For someone with an addictive personality, moderation is never an option. ThisRead More

4 Ways Perfectionism Makes Addiction Recovery Harder

Perfectionists are people who hold themselves and other to unrealistic standards and become angry or disappointed when those standards aren’t met. The constant feelings of failure and disappointment create anxiety and depression, which some people manage with drinking or drugs. Not only can perfectionism lead to addiction, it also makes it harder to recover. PerfectionismRead More

Can Someone’s Eyes Tell You About Their Drug Use?

Different drugs have different effects on the body. Many of them you can’t see, like euphoria or confidence. Others are more apparent like drowsiness, lack of coordination, or nervous energy. One subtle sign is in the eyes. The reason eyes can give a clue has to do with the autonomic nervous system, which comprises theRead More