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Are There Truly Gateway Drugs?

Many people believe there is nothing wrong with smoking cigarettes or having a few beers after a long day at work. Others feel smoking marijuana is harmless as it is entirely natural and has few if any, long-term effects. For some, taking a Vicodin with their glass of wine is not a concern as itRead More

Environmental Factors of Addiction

We may not know precisely what causes addiction, but we do know that the environment a person is exposed to effects their likelihood of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. Your environment affects your attitude, your beliefs, and who you are at the very core of your being. As an example, consider a child growingRead More

Psychological Factors of Addiction

There are many potential causes of addiction. The origins of addiction have been the focus of many studies over recent decades. While there are many theories about the causes, one thing remains true. There are psychological factors that affect a person’s likelihood to become a victim of addiction. Some psychological factors that influence addiction includeRead More

Biological Factors of Addiction

The exact cause of addiction can’t be narrowed down to just one aspect. There simply has not been enough conclusive research to say with any level of certainty that one particular thing, or a combination of things, causes addiction. That being said, there are a variety of models developed to help us understand addiction. OneRead More

Safe Injection Sites

Already found in several other countries, safe injection sites are not currently legal in the United States. There are at least 13 proposed safe injection sites throughout the US working through the appropriate channels to receive approval. A safe injection site is a designated location where individuals can go to find sterile needles that theyRead More

Is Addiction Always Progressive?

The simple answer is yes. Addiction is always growing. If it wasn’t growing, and it was stagnant, it would not be nearly as devastating as it indeed is on you and your loved ones. When someone is addicted to alcohol, for example, it quickly becomes a downward spiral. It may start as the inability toRead More

How Many Times can I use a Drug before I am Addicted?

As you are likely already very much aware, everyone is different. The way our bodies react to substances varies from person to person. We also have both psychological reactions and physical reactions. For instance, your body may not have a strong chemical reaction to alcohol, so you may not form a chemical addiction quickly. However,Read More

Relapse and Overdose

It’s no secret that with recovery often comes relapse. Relapse doesn’t equal failure. It is generally a sign that whatever you are currently doing to support your recovery journey isn’t quite the right path for you. It may mean you need additional mentoring, a meeting to attend on a regular basis, or an opportunity toRead More

Did I Disappoint Them?

No matter what your age, for many of us, pleasing our parents is a seemingly unattainable, but persistent, unwavering goal. While a multitude of research has been done over the years about just what fuels this desire to please our parents, much of the reasoning is still unknown, likely an instinctual behavior buried deep inRead More