Anxiety and Addiction

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7 Smart Ways to Overcome Social Fear and Performance Anxiety

By | 2017-10-10T16:03:44+00:00 October 19th, 2017|

Social anxiety is an umbrella term that performance anxiety sites under. It represents the anticipation of a social situation either during or after the situation itself. It is based on fear of evaluation. Positive or negative evaluation, depending on the person. If you experience social anxiety, you’ll perceive negative consequences regardless of how well or poorly you do. If you do too well, you may show up your coworkers or friends. The last thing you want is to stick out and be noticed. Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental illnesses in [...]

Too Much Pressure – Why You Don’t Have To Be A Saint Just Because You’re In Recovery

By | 2017-06-08T06:29:45+00:00 June 24th, 2017|

Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics draw a lot of undue disrespect from those around them. They fell victim to a ravenous disease, and fought every urge in their bodies to reclaim their lives and beat that disease. Yet many recovering addicts get treated even worse after admitting their problems and trying to fix them than they did when they were at rock bottom. Why is that? Anyone who has the strength to admit their own faults deserves respect. But addiction isn't even a fault. It's a disease that works against you, and infects your brain [...]

Changing Minds About Addiction: What if it Were Another Disease?

By | 2017-06-08T06:26:48+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Viewing addiction as a disease is relatively uncommon in the United States, as evidenced by the fact that very few people would equate addiction and cancer. This is a point of view that must be changed if the issue of addiction is truly going to be addressed. As of two years ago, close to 100 million Americans reported the use of illegal drugs, the misuse of prescription drugs, or the binge drinking of alcohol. Clearly, substance abuse and the addiction that results is a major issue in the United States. Despite this reality, there is [...]

Why Crack Actually, Truly is Whack

By | 2017-06-08T06:22:56+00:00 June 18th, 2017|

It was in 2002 that late songstress Whitney Houston used the now-infamous phrase “crack is whack” in response to allegations that she was addicted to the substance. Out of context, it sounds like Houston had created a ready-made anti-drug slogan against crack cocaine addiction. But in actuality, she was making a haughty claim about her choice of drug. The full context of the quote goes like this: "Let's get one thing straight: crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack… We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is whack." We [...]

Can Vivitrol Help Me Quit Using Heroin or Painkillers?

By | 2017-09-08T14:03:23+00:00 June 15th, 2017|

2,629,000 people ages 12 and older struggled with heroin and/or painkiller Substance Use Disorder in the United States in 2015, more people than the population of the entire state of New Mexico. Despite the small amount relative to the entire population, more than 2.5 million people is a significant number of people. The use of Vivitrol shots could help these individuals receive the treatment they need to get sober. Every year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey gathers data on the presence [...]

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a useful way to monitor opioid risk assessment.

By | 2017-11-09T20:33:42+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a Useful Way to Monitor Opioid Risk Assessment Fortunately, new tools like the Opioid Risk Tool have helped to monitor the risk for opioid addiction. There’s no denying that the opioid problem in our country has gotten out of hand. Before we discuss the tool, what it is, and how it works, let’s talk about the opioid epidemic. Some say that it’s gotten out of control, and experts believe that to be true. However, with the right intervention, it may be possible to change directions. In fact, this [...]

Is There a Possibility That Lyrica Can be Abused?

By | 2017-11-09T19:21:25+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Is There a Risk of Lyrica Abuse or Addiction? Dr. Richard Bruce Silverman, a chemistry professor at Northwestern University, discovered Pregabalin and the FDA approved it in 2004 for treatment of fibromyalgia pain, neuropathic pain, and generalized anxiety disorder. Nobody is certain how it works as an effective means to stop partial seizures. The original intention of Pregabalin was that it would be approved for epilepsy but was only found to be effective for partial seizures. Pregalin is a drug that was FDA approved for convulsions as well as pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes or [...]

Drug Abuse on “Southern Charm” is Not So Charming

By | 2017-06-14T20:39:30+00:00 June 11th, 2017|

Custody battles tear through the lives of everyone involved. Faced with the potential loss of rights to see their children, parents clamor and claw at one another behind the protection of suited-up lawyers. The flaws of a spouse magnify as the case progresses, driving the existing wedge still deeper between them. The true victims in custody battles, though, are the children. Though some are too young to comprehend the events, others are old enough to understand. Divorce, custody battles, and the legal proceedings involved in each drag children through messes they never created. Custody battles [...]

Syringe Vending Machines for Heroin Addicts: A Good Idea or Not?

By | 2017-06-08T06:11:35+00:00 June 10th, 2017|

Intravenous drug users (IDUs) face a vast array of dangers, some that users of other drugs will simply never have to face. While these sufferers of addiction will, of course, have to deal with the typical fallout that comes with a life driven by the need to use, IDUs are also at a higher risk of multiple additional diseases due to the common practice of sharing needles among the addicted community. As such, establishing needle exchange programs (NEPs), also known as syringe-exchange programs (SEPs) and needle and syringe programs (NSPs), have become an effective method for [...]

7 Signs Someone Close to You Is Abusing Pills

By | 2017-06-30T21:48:34+00:00 June 9th, 2017|

Prescription drug abuse is quickly becoming one of the country’s most widespread and damaging problems to date. A combination of over-prescribing doctors and under-scrutinized medical guidelines makes it easier than ever to get your hands on these powerful and deadly pills. In fact, almost half of the population is currently on at least one prescription medication and over ten percent have used five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days. In addition to the addictive qualities inherent in some of these medications is the fact that abusing them might be a precursor to [...]

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