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Is There a Link Between ADHD and Addiction?

There does appear to be a link between ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and addiction. Studies have shown that ADHD is five to 10 times more common among adults addicted to alcohol than among the general population. About a quarter of people in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction have ADHD and about 15Read More

What is Salvia and Is it Addictive?

Salvia is a plant related to mint that is indigenous to southern Mexico. Its active constituent, salvinorin A, is the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogen, although it is still far less potent than LSD. Salvia causes auditory and visual hallucinations, as well as loss of control over the body, uncontrollable laughing, and slurred speech. SomeRead More

What is Spice and Is it Dangerous?

Spice is a mixture of herbs sprayed with synthetic drugs. It goes by many other names; the best known is probably K2. It is sometimes called synthetic marijuana. The chemical mixture used to treat spice is chemically similar to marijuana but often far more potent. The exact chemicals change frequently to remain technically legal. ItRead More

What if I Get Waitlisted for Treatment?

It’s so frustrating: you reach a point where you know you have a problem, you’re so sick of using, and you want to get better. So you work up the nerve to call a treatment center and they put you on a waitlist. This is a common problem in the US. Even states that takeRead More

Am I Addicted to Exercise?

Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. It is especially helpful in recovery. It strengthens the heart and lungs and helps the body heal. It reduces stress and helps alleviate anxiety and depression. As with everything else, though, you can take exercise too far. People sometimes become addicted to exercise, especially endurance exercise like runningRead More

Do You Have to Hit Rock Bottom to Quit?

One of the common myths about addiction is that you have to hit rock bottom before you’re ready to quit. This idea is not only false, but it’s also counterproductive. There’s no limit to the possible downside of addiction. If everyone had to hit “rock bottom,” no one would recover. Everyone has a different storyRead More

What is an Extinction Burst and Why Should I Care?

An extinction burst is the last gasp of a bad habit. It is a sign that a learned behavior no longer works. The classic example is a child throwing a tantrum. The child has learned that throwing a tantrum is a way to get what it wants, so when you don’t give in to theRead More

Do I Need Therapy if I’m Already in AA?

AA and other 12 Step programs are free and abundant. Wherever you are in the world, there is probably a meeting not far away. As a result, 12 Step meetings are the only help many people get for addiction, and they often work. You might wonder whether 12 Step meetings are all you need toRead More

What are the Biggest Causes of Relapse?

Relapse is extremely common in addiction recovery. Someone goes through detox and treatment, everything seems to be going well, then suddenly he’s relapsed and has to start all over. It’s terribly discouraging, and sometimes dangerous because your tolerance drops after a period of sobriety. What derails a promising recovery? To some  extent, relapse shouldn’t beRead More

Do I Need Treatment if I Only Use Marijuana?

Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illicit drug in the US. Most adults have at least tried marijuana at some point, and at least 15 percent use it regularly. Whereas about 600,000 people say they’ve used heroin in the past year, about 55 million say they’ve used marijuana in the past year. ThatRead More