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Fundamental Attribution Error – How Mistaken Motives Impede Recovery

By | 2018-02-15T04:52:06+00:00 February 13th, 2018|

What is fundamental attribution error and how does it contribute to addiction? Addiction is a complicated disease. There are many causal and contributing factors that play a role in the development of and the progression of a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) – genetics, environment, childhood exposure, trauma, co-occurring mental conditions, etc. But often overlooked is how internal and societal biases can influence behaviors and attitudes. When we make erroneous assumptions to explain someone else’s behavior – or when others make such mistakes about us – it interferes with the productive communication and positive relationships [...]

Helping Families: Breaking Free from Codependency

By | 2018-01-04T06:57:29+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|

“It’s amazing how many people still don’t understand codependency, even when it is consuming them and those they love. The need to fix others is always easier than accepting we are codependent and need help.” ~Jeanette E. Menter, Christian Lay Counselor and author of You’re Not Crazy—You’re Codependent: What Everyone Affected by Addiction, Abuse, Trauma, or Toxic Shame Needs to Know In relationships that are healthy, both partners comfortably and confidently rely on each other for help, understanding, and support. The relationship brings something positive to both people’s lives. Interdependency is a GOOD thing. [...]

What Weinstein, Spacey, and Celebrity Scandals Teach Us About Sexual Addiction

By | 2018-01-12T18:07:29+00:00 December 25th, 2017|

It looks like Harvey Weinstein was just the tip of a very sordid iceberg. Almost every day, we read and hear about yet another incident or another famous person accused of sexual behaviors unthinkable by most of us. Dozens of celebrities are being identified as alleged – and in some cases, admitted – sexual assailants and harassers, including: Harvey Weinstein, film executive Kevin Spacey, actor Louis C.K., comedian Bill Cosby, actor Steven Seagal, actor Danny Masterson, actor Brett Ratner, director Jeremy Piven, actor James Toback, director Ed Westwick, actor Bill O’Reilly, political commentator Andrew [...]

Comparing and Contrasting: The 4 Types of Bipolar Disorder

By | 2017-12-04T17:27:16+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Bipolar disorder has four distinct types and is a bigger problem than people realize. Currently, this disorder affects more than 5.8 million Americans. With the rates of mental illnesses rising in the U.S., it’s clear this battle will not end soon. The characteristics of bipolar disorder revolve around normal, manic, and depressive phases. The term “Euthymia” refers to having a normal mood. This ‘normal’ phase means being in a positive, tranquil, and stable mental state. In the manic phase, the individual has an abnormal elevated arousal state. As such, they could be feeling euphoric, [...]

Lawsuits Against Drug Manufacturers Exploding Across the US

By | 2017-12-04T16:49:18+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|

Every day, it seems as another location joins the growing list of cities, counties, and states who are pursuing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors. Local governments are trying to combat the worsening opioid epidemic in America, while at the same time, hold these corporate entities responsible. In 2016, there were more fatal drug overdoses in America than any other year on record – an estimated 64,000 deaths. That number is correct, it represents a 22% one-year increase over 2015. And the driving force behind this ongoing tragedy is prescription opioids. Right now, there [...]

Sublime: How Addiction Devastated The Band’s Rising Stars

By | 2017-11-19T00:27:09+00:00 November 18th, 2017|

It’s no great secret that drugs and rock and roll often go hand in hand. There are exceptions, of course, but many rock and roll stars end up succumbing to the disastrous effects of hard drugs at some point. Nothing paints the picture of addiction in rock stars like the story of how addiction devastated the rising stars of Sublime, one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-1990s. "It was sex, drugs and rock and roll," friend Mike Tracy says in the clip, detailing the band's downfall. "Then it was drugs and [...]

The Many Faces of Drug Addiction: We Aren’t Always Who You Think We Are

By | 2017-12-07T04:02:52+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

First Story It started off with just one pill. I had slacked off on the weekend, and was behind on an assignment for my nursing class. It was due the next day, and my chances of completing the assignment on time were slim. Very slim. While I was feverishly typing out as much of the assignment as possible, one of my friends handed me a ritalin pill. Before this, I had never seen one before in-person although I had heard a lot about the magical effects of this pill among my peers. A lot [...]

Lamar Odom: Learning from his Addiction Struggles and Relapsing in the Public Eye

By | 2017-11-06T17:53:18+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

The truth is, Lamar Odom’s journey is so familiar to the rest of us. As the NBA star highlights in his own confessional letter, there was little difference between him and any other drug addict in the United States. “At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time that I had, I was doing coke. I couldn’t control it. I didn’t want to control it.” ~ Lamar Odom The difference – for better or for worse – is that Lamar Odom went through his [...]

7 Tips to Deal with and Stop Intrusive Thoughts

By | 2018-02-19T23:31:13+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|

Every day, we are at risk of experiencing intrusive thoughts. With thousands of thoughts per day, sometimes we don’t even realize they are there. The intrusive thoughts are the one that are disturbing enough, we pay more attention to them. Our everyday life concerns make up 67% of our thoughts. We experience 18% of thoughts that are bad, unacceptable or not comfortable to deal with. Disturbing intrusive thoughts make up 13% of our daily thought process. Intrusive thoughts are normal. We all experience them. They are unwanted thoughts or images that can cause you [...]

When Does Using Recreational Drugs Start to Become a Problem?

By | 2017-09-08T03:47:11+00:00 September 15th, 2017|

If you look up recreational drugs meaning, you’ll find that it’s a myriad of drugs that alters a person’s state of mind. These drugs are also known as psychoactive drugs. They change a person’s emotions, perceptions, and feelings. As the recreational drugs list is so vast, there isn’t one type of risk that is common. It is safe to say that they all come with their set of dangers. The scale in which recreational drug abuse affects communities can’t be measured. Recreational drugs include cocaine, marijuana, or meth that are not used for medical reasons. [...]

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