Addiction & Relationships

Why I Loved My Adderall High and Why I Had to Give it Up

By | 2018-09-07T01:52:55+00:00 July 10th, 2018|

Adderall – One of America’s Favorite Amphetamines When most people hear the word “amphetamine,” they usually think of crystal meth. At least I used to. Now, I associate it with a legal stimulant I used to take called Adderall. You may have heard of it. It is common among students looking to amp up their academic performance. In fact, college and high school kids who use the stuff call it their favorite “study buddy.”   Adderall is a prescription medication commonly given to people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD. I [...]

Chris Cornell: How Big a Role Did Ativan Play?

By | 2018-09-07T01:47:40+00:00 July 9th, 2018|

Was Ativan a factor in the suicide of Chris Cornell? Chris Cornell was the front man for Soundgarden and then Audioslave. He committed suicide in 2017 and Ativan was found in his system. His wife called his actions “inexplicable”. In a recent interview, a year after his death, she said that he loved his life and would never end it. Addiction to Ativan is a deep and complex disease. According to Vicky Cornell, when she spoke to her husband by phone shortly after his Detroit performance, she noticed he was slurring his words. In a [...]

How Substance Abuse Affects Your Sex Life

By | 2018-04-07T20:18:07+00:00 April 12th, 2018|

There’s an old saying that refers to the fun of a “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll” lifestyle. But volumes of research suggest that a substance-driven lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, chronic alcoholism or drug abuse has a decidedly negative impact on your performance in the bedroom. To be clear – substance abuse can ruin your sex life. Binge-Drinking and Erectile Dysfunction Alcohol is the ultimate social lubricant. On a date, many people like to loosen up with a few drinks. But for man, consuming [...]

8 of the Best Proven Treatments for PTSD

By | 2018-03-06T05:47:19+00:00 March 12th, 2018|

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something we often relate to as an illness for war vets. In fact, it’s a mental health condition. When something traumatic occurs, the person will experience triggers in the present that place them back to the event. These events can be violent and make a person feel as though they were powerless. As a type of anxiety disorder, it is based on a past event or series of events. The person will have experienced or witnessed something very traumatic. There are symptoms of flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety that incapacitate [...]

Gaslighting: Examples, Effects and How to Confront the Abuse

By | 2018-03-06T05:01:30+00:00 March 3rd, 2018|

What is Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of brainwashing and manipulation that happens on a regular basis. The goal of the gaslighter is to make the victim doubt themselves. Gaslighting abuse causes a person to lose their sense of identity, perception and worth. Gaslighting is a form of narcissism and sociopathic tendencies as they look to gain power over someone. Pathological gaslighting is a severe form of abuse through mind control. It can happen in the workplace, with society, friends, family, and relationships. Gaslighting abuse is extremely destructive to victims. Before you ever have [...]

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 | 2018-05-11T21:58:51+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 [...]

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