The coronavirus pandemic has led to more than just stockpiling food and toilet paper. In the United States, as social distancing measures have taken hold, alcohol sales have jumped 55% overall, with a 243% increase in online purchases. Some of the spikes in sales of wine, pre-mixed cocktails, and … [Read more...] about Drinking too much during the coronavirus pandemic?
When do you know that it is time for addiction treatment? Look for the four cardinal signs of addiction, alcoholism and abuse. The symptoms of addiction are recognizable and can be described, but this does not always make addiction simple to diagnose. In many situations addiction is something that … [Read more...] about The Four Signs of Addiction Mean Time for Treatment
Despite preconceived notions of the “addict,” alcoholism, drug abuse and addiction can impact the life of absolutely anyone. It is just as impossible to define what draws a person to a substance as it is to define what draws two people into a relationship. Addiction develops out of a complex … [Read more...] about Defining the Addict
How ordinary people get trapped with addictive behaviors during the five stages of addiction development. You don’t have to have every element of an addictive personality or be emotionally disturbed to become trapped by addictive behavior. Addiction starts with an imprint on your brain of an … [Read more...] about The Developing Addiction
Self-medication refers to the use of alcohol and other drugs to soothe emotional pain and distress. Sometimes this involves the use and abuse of prescription pain medications as well as narcotics and alcohol. Self-medication is important to address, as it can provide valuable insight as you go … [Read more...] about Self-Medicating with Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Drug abuse and dependence are not the same thing. Though they share similar attributes, drug abuse and dependence are different shades of the same problem—drug abuse implies some level of control over substance abuse, while dependence suggests that substance abuse now dominates many aspects of … [Read more...] about Drug Abuse and Dependence: Signs, Similarities and Differences