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Understanding the Addictive Personality

An addictive personality refers to a set of personality traits that make one more likely to engage in behaviors that may lead to addiction. The idea of an “addictive personality” is a bit of a misnomer. While psychological traits do play a factor in one’s likelihood of engaging in drug or alcohol use, there areRead More

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

The stigma of addiction can be deadly. When a person suffering from addiction or alcoholism feels shame for their disease, it can keep them from seeking the treatment they so desperately need. Many people falsely believe that addiction is the result of a lack of willpower or moral values rather than a disease. They mayRead More

The Horrors of PCP

Phencyclidine, better known as PCP, is a dissociative anaesthetic capable of producing distorted perceptions, severe hallucinations, and violent behavior. PCP is one of the most dangerous drugs in the world because the effects of taking the substance are entirely unpredictable.   According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “at moderate to high doses, PCPRead More

Treating Pain Without Medication

Many people who develop opioid addiction begin with the use of prescribed pain-relieving medications. A vast majority of patients taking prescribed opioids will not have any problems, but for some, prescription opioid use can spiral into abuse and addiction. Those who have entered into a life of sobriety may find it helpful to seek non-pharmacologicalRead More

Are Psychedelics Dangerous?

Many people think it is unfair to lump psychedelics in with more harmful and addictive drugs like heroin and cocaine. In fact, some psychedelic drugs such as ibogaine and ayahuasca are even touted as potential treatments of addiction. In truth, psychedelics often are much less physically harmful than other substances. However, given their unpredictable natureRead More

The Epidemic of Substance Abuse Among Older Adults

Most people assume that drug addiction is a problem that begins during teenage and young adult years. However, recent studied have revealed that more and more older adults are developing addiction, mostly to prescription medication. There is a common misconception that older adults do not have problems with drugs in alcohol to the same extentRead More

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

We rarely consider just how important drinking water is for our mental and physical health. When we don’t drink enough water, our bodies and minds suffer. We may feel sluggish and mentally foggy throughout the day, making it more difficult to feel the energy and motivation we need to properly engage in our recovery. DehydrationRead More

The Neuroscience of Addiction: Hedonic Set-Point

There is a theory in psychology that everyone  has a certain set-point of happiness. The hedonic set-point remains relatively constant throughout an individual’s life, but can be altered by certain events. Addiction changes the hedonic set-point in our brains, leading to dysphoria and unhappiness when the drug is removed. Dr. Alex Lickerman, in a 2013Read More

Who Is Fighting the Stigma?

Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania has partnered with Independence Blue Cross Foundation to beat the stigma of addiction.  The Inquirer Daily News reports the campaign will use social media and a community outreach to share addict’s stories. The beginning steps to solving addiction and mental health problems are awareness and education.  He plans to expandRead More

What are People Doing to Kill the Stigma?

People across the nation are fighting to eliminate the stigma of addiction and mental illness.  Disorders affect an estimated 25% of the country.  Groups similar to Breaking the Cycle are spreading the word of substance abuse and how treatment and knowledge can change the perception.  People affected by addiction are coming forward to tell personalRead More