Getting over an opioid addiction isn't easy, of course, nothing good in life ever is. And, those who have recovered all agree on one thing; life without opioids is much better, aka; good. Why is opioid dependency so hard to get over? It's simple. It's because of how the opioids interact with your brain and body which can easily lead to dependency.Continue Reading
Factors to Consider When Developing a Personalized Opioid Dependency Treatment Program
To properly assess an individual with opioid dependency it's important to know how they became addicted. Was it through pharmaceutical drugs containing Fentanyl? Did their prescription run out, so they went to the street to get ahold of illegal drugs to suffice during excruciating and tormenting times of withdrawal? How much did they take and how long did they take it? What else did they take?Continue Reading
The Challenges of Opioid Detox
Opioid detox is not something you want to try alone. Often, when a prescription for pain killers ends, someone who has become dependent on opioids to function can't get what their body needs. The withdrawal symptoms can be overbearing. As the body screams for more it summons the brain to go find some more, at any cost.Continue Reading
Severe Alcohol Withdrawal
Severe alcohol symptoms start within just a few hours after you stop drinking and withdrawal peaks in about 72-hours. It can be a living hell. The cravings are unbearable. The body and mind are so dependent on alcohol that you cease to function correctly without putting more alcohol into the system. You can experience a high fever and uncontrollable negative thoughts, but that's not all, as it quickly becomes a very dangerous and serious health issue.Continue Reading
What It Means to Have Hope
When you feel good, how do you describe yourself? When is the last time you felt there was a bright future for yourself, and perhaps your career? What does it feel like to feel a sense of hope? The word hope is interesting in that it can have two very opposite meanings, depending upon how it is used. If a person is feeling optimistic, then it can be stated the person is feeling hopeful. But if that same person has decided there is little control of their life, or events which affect the outcomes of their life, then you could describe this person as feeling hopeless.Continue Reading
Anxiety Disorder and COVID-19
The human mind is powerful! There are millions of Americans who suffer from some type of mental illness. The COVID-19 Pandemic is making life very hard on those individuals who suffer from mental illness. There are all types of medically recognized forms of mental illness. This article will only focus on anxiety disorder.
6 Myths About Narcotics Anonymous You Probably Believe
Narcotics Anonymous is a worldwide support program from people who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. It was founded in 1953 and employs a Twelve Stop Model similar to its sister program, Alcoholics Anonymous. They have over 61,000 meetings in 129 countries across the globe. It has helped tens of thousands of people get and stay clean. In other words, they're not a passing fad.
4 Reasons to Try SMART Recovery If 12 Step Meetings Aren't Your Thing
Today we are highlighting treatment resources for substance abuse and addictions. While the general public may be aware of Twelve Step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), there are other alternatives. SMART Recovery® is one such organization that is gaining popularity.
Catastrophic Thinking: Anxiety Trigger
Your way of thinking has a profound effect on the way you feel. The anxiety condition lends itself very well to the habit of catastrophic thought, especially when your thought process changes from generalized self nurturing to continuous catastrophic thinking.
Staying indoors, reading, watching television and doing whatever you wanted sounded great when we were kids. No school, relaxing, being waiting on, and noodle soup. What a life... for about three days. After the third day, one became bored and irritable. Everyone was outside playing, after school, and we were stuck in the house. It was a relief to return to school, regardless of the homework and tests.
Addiction and Recovery - Assess Your Relapse When You Have Fallen Off the Wagon
Relapse is a symptom of addiction. Relapse is a symptom of many, if not most, chronic diseases. Addiction should be treated as the chronic disease that it is and relapse should be treated as a symptom of addiction. Relapse is not a character flaw or a moral failing. When you think of addiction as a chronic illness, you must conceptualize treatment and recovery from the same world view.
You wouldn't be human if you didn't experience some fears about the Corona Virus or Covid-19. There are many reasons why anxiety concerning this disease is spreading throughout the world and the major cause of this is the lack of information concerning this illness.
Three Steps to Reducing Fear of Coronavirus
As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, many people are feeling powerless, unsafe and downright terrified about what may be coming. We want to take action, to take back control, but we don't know what to do. So our fears magnify, making us less rational, and this puts added stress on our bodies at a time when we all want to be strong.
Abstinence Vs Sobriety
When deciding to get clean or sober, in some cases both, it doesn't matter what your addiction is. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex or tobacco. Addiction is the problem and stopping whatever yours is, is a start. But, there is so much more to sobriety than just stopping. Living a life of just abstinence without sobriety (recovery) is a fast way to relapse and go right back to where you stopped at.
Detoxing During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?
Finding out that you are pregnant while you have active drug or alcohol abuse or addiction can be very scary. Your first concern is whether or not your substance use has caused any harm to you baby. Your next concern will likely be how you can stop using alcohol and drugs to prevent any future harm.
Relaxation Techniques That Encourage Restful Sleep
In order for a person to transition from wakefulness to sleep, they must be in a relaxed state. Many people find it difficult to enter a relaxed state to sleep and some find it difficult to maintain a relaxed state throughout the sleep cycle, causing them to wake during their sleep period.
How to Be Healthy: Natural Pain Relief
When you are in pain you want nothing more than to end it. The Western approach is to reach for a pill. If this does not work then a trip to the MD for stronger pills, or even injections or patches. But what if all this fails, or you are simply wishing to avoid the unwanted side effects (the most dramatic being death via Aspirin).
Getting and Staying Connected Is Powerful
Here are a few tips for getting and staying connected to enrich your body and your soul plus these can provide a tremendous surge in brain stimulation. First, nurture existing relationships as you cultivate new ones. You have to be a friend to have a friend so schedule time and energy to share with others. Remember, too, that there are many lonely people - become a friend to someone who needs one. You might just offer the magic elixir for good health.