Understanding Triggers

Dealing With Addiction Triggers? Try These Coping Skills

Encountering addiction triggers on the road to recovery is inevitable. This is even true for individuals that have maintained their sobriety long-term after addiction treatment. Although there are many ways to handle addiction triggers, healthy coping skills are going to be important for growth.  The reality is that learning how to deal with triggers, and being able to do so...

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myths about alcoholism

Debunking The Myths About Alcoholism

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can be tricky subjects. Society tells us that it is ok to drink and even encourages it through social activities such as happy hour and even most social gatherings. Think about the last time you went to a party, event, or another type of social gathering, and there wasn’t alcohol present. Having a few drinks is...

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What Drugs Do to the Brain's Chemistry

How Do Drugs Affect Neurotransmitters?

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the body. In fact, different transmitters influenced messages between neurons. Also, they may convey messages between neurons and muscles. How do drugs affect neurotransmitters? Different transmitters influence drug use.  For example, drug consumption heavily influences dopamine and serotonin. Indeed, dopamine is involved with a person's motor control, motivation, and "reward" system of reinforcement. On the...

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Honesty and Recovery

Honesty And Recovery: The Importance Of Maintaining Truthfulness

If you are in recovery, being honest is vital. You want to be honest with your treatment specialist and with yourself. The problem, though, is that being honest is not always an easy task to achieve. Those going through addiction will often fall into the habit of being dishonest with themselves and those around them. If you are late to...

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Two business people discussing the psychology of gambling

The Psychology of Gambling

Problems with gambling can happen to anyone from any walk of life. Gambling goes from a fun, harmless game to an unhealthy obsession that can have serious consequences. It doesn’t matter if you’re betting on sports, roulette, poker, scratch-off tickets, or slots--in a casino, at the track, or online.  A gambling problem can: harm relationships, interfere with work, and lead...

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alcohol poisoning

Recovering From Alcohol Poisoning: How Is It Different Than A Hangover?

It's essential to understand the difference between alcohol poisoning and a bad hangover. A night of drinking too much can make you feel sick in the morning; the more alcohol you drink, the stronger the hangover will be. Symptoms are often mild but can be intense enough to feel like alcohol withdrawal. It's also important to know how to recover...

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alcohol and aging effects

Alcohol and Aging Effects: Does Alcohol Make You Look Older and Cause Wrinkles?

Drinking alcohol may make you feel younger as you lose your inhibitions and gain some energy, but the hangover the next day can make you feel sick, sluggish, and downright old. Even if you don’t experience acute after-effects, alcohol can age you. You may not realize it, but alcohol and aging effects go hand-in-hand.  Does the effects of alcohol on...

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