Tagged as Addiction

For those unaware, mindfulness and meditation encompass a collection of activities that are designed to help you collect your thoughts, slow down your thinking, generate awareness of your body, and hopefully enhance the speed of your recovery. No matter what portion of the journey you are on, - mindfulness and meditation - can significantly impact your recovery in a positive way. WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?...
October 9, 2020
Dopamine is one of our natural feel-good chemicals. We’re designed to seek out pleasurable activities because we're designed to seek out the hit of dopamine we get from pleasure. But getting the right balance of it can be tricky. Why Do We Need Dopamine? - Dopamine- is necessary for numerous brain functions, from assisting in impulse control to regulating muscle movements. We release dopamine when...
June 10, 2020
It may seem like we conquered smoking and it's not a problem anymore but 14 of every 100 adults in the United States are smokers. Of those, nearly 7 in every 10 smokers dream of -quitting for good- because smoking is a surefire way to deeply challenge a person's health. As difficult of a feat as it is, quitting is possible, maybe more than ever before. Even if it takes a few tries, every attempt is...
March 12, 2020
Addiction isn’t an elusive and rare thing that happens to someone else. In reality, it’s something that affects and touches most people or families in some way and needs to be brought out into the open and discussed with compassion. A recent study found that - alcohol abuse affects as many as one in five NHS hospital inpatients. Public Health England has estimated - more than one in every 100 people...
October 4, 2019
The manufacturer of OxyContin, the very popular and highly addictive opioid painkiller drug, Purdue Pharma LLP, currently faces multiple lawsuits that could add up to tens of billions of dollars in settlements and judgments against it. Several states and thousands of individuals are accusing the OxyContin manufacturer of deceptive marketing practices leading to an explosion of drug addiction and death....
March 23, 2019
About 130 Americans die every day of - opioid overdoses - , and the majority of them are using valid prescriptions. Despite the risks, doctors continue to over-prescribe narcotic painkillers, which creates the perfect setting for addiction and misuse. Just as concerning is the money trail that traces directly to the rates in which doctors are prescribing these powerful and highly addictive drugs. Addicts...
February 28, 2019
Addiction has taken a new form, and it’s affecting a surprisingly broad range of people. Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) affects up to 8.2% of the population. It can cause isolation, depression, anxiety and physical complications from excessive computer activity. Much is still unknown about Internet Addiction Disorder, but researchers agree that it’s a huge problem for hundreds of millions of people...
February 12, 2019
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can affect just about anyone. Around - 70% of Americans - have suffered a trauma, and around 20% of them suffer from PTSD at some point. Those who are exposed to continuous trauma are especially likely to suffer from PTSD. 20% of soldiers deployed in the past six years suffer from PTSD, and there are surely many undiagnosed cases. That’s more...
October 30, 2018
Addiction - is an issue of epidemic proportions in our world today. And at the forefront of addiction issues today are - heroin - and other opiate dependencies. A recent - graphic by Beaches Recovery - points out the deadly realities of heroin addiction and overdose in the US: - There’s been a sixfold increase in heroin overdose deaths in the last 15 years. Heroin overdose deaths in the US currently...
September 30, 2018
Have you ever noticed how the people you surround yourself with the most can affect your moods and overall health? As a mental health advocate, I understand how this can be because I suffered from mental health issues most of my life. Now that I’ve overcome the majority of those issues, I realized how much my moods, mental states, and overall health improved dramatically after letting go of toxic people...
September 12, 2018