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Addiction and the LGBT Community

While members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual) community have always been a part of our society, their prominence and publicity have increased significantly over the last decade. Once a potentially tricky social issue, sexual orientation is nothing to be ashamed of and something an individual can be open and proud of withRead More

Can Women Prevent Addiction?

We all know addiction is a harsh reality and for many of us, prevention is no longer a possibility. For those that haven’t yet discovered how treacherous addiction can be, is there a way to prevent addiction from grasping onto yet another life? Is there some precaution that can be taken or some knowledge thatRead More

The Connection Between Legal Problems and Recovery

People dealing with addiction often have some things in common with one another. Whether it be the trauma in your past, the depression you endure, or the negative influences in your childhood, those of us that have struggled with drugs or alcohol often have similarities in how they ended up depending on these substances. ThatRead More

Women and Ongoing Recovery Issues

Recovery is not a box we can check once it is completed. It is an ongoing journey, a healing process, and a period of growth within a person. As we move through our recovery journey, we will find we are most often not without our share of issues. This is not unusual! Don’t worry; you’reRead More

Barriers to Treatment for Women

The decision to get help when struggling with addiction is a huge commitment and can be intimidating. This is a difficult decision for most of us. However, as women, we often experience a unique set of challenges that serve as potential barriers to treatment. These challenges don’t commonly present themselves to men, making seeking andRead More

Legalized Marijuana – The Ins and Outs

Once highly controversial, now much more commonplace, the legalization of marijuana has seen a wide variety of unintended consequences. As planned, legalizing marijuana for recreational use has decreased arrests for those carrying small amounts of the drug or other related violations. Recreational use of marijuana is now far more regulated and the sale of theRead More

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

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

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