How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

Determining if you are addicted to a drug can be difficult sometimes, while other times it seem like the addiction is loudly announcing its presence. More than likely, if you think you are addicted to a substance, even a prescription drug, then you should consult your doctor; if you stop taking some drugs abruptly, it can be deadly, so seek help to quit using any powerful drug. Signs and Symptoms of Addiction Knowing the signs of addiction can help you determine if you should seek help for drug use. The following issues strongly indicate...

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Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

Why Alcohol Is Making Your Anger Problem Worse

Alcohol typical makes one’s uncomfortable or negative feelings larger or stronger then before consuming the beverage. If one is already angry and begins to drink, soon whatever provoked the hostile feelings will become an even larger issue in one’s mind. Due to alcohol’s tendency to amplify one’s violent behaviors, the combination can be extremely dangerous and even lethal in certain circumstances. Why Does Alcohol Often Aggravate Pre-existing Anger Issues? There is a strong link between instances of domestic violence and alcohol use....

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Nine Signs of Post-Partum Depression

Nine Signs of Post-Partum Depression

Parenthood comes with a great amount of stress, happiness and emotional upheaval. After giving birth many women, up to 50% according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), experience postpartum blues, a period of highly active and reactive emotions. Although named the “blues,” this period is often one of happiness mixed with fluctuating emotions and crying. Postpartum blues typically ebb within the first week of giving birth, but when they do not, they can become postpartum depression. Ten to twenty percent of women...

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Seven Signs that You’re Enabling an Addict

Seven Signs that You’re Enabling an Addict

Loving an addict is hard. You want to help your loved one get on his feet, but you do not want to be a crutch. The concern is valid. Many people in relationships with substance abusers unknowingly cross the line between helping and hurting. The best way to get clarity is to learn about enabling, a dysfunctional way of caring that often results from addiction. Enabling is the act of offering help that perpetuates a problem by encouraging negative behavior. It removes the natural consequences of his behavior, thereby robbing him of incentive to...

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Telltale Signs of a Functional Addict

Telltale Signs of a Functional Addict

No one sets out to develop an addiction, but many people get caught in its snare. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 23 million Americans—almost one in 10—are addicted to alcohol or drugs. One telltale sign of addiction is continuing to abuse drugs or a problematic behavior despite adverse consequences. Several negative outcomes that typically result from addiction include the following issues: Poor performance at work or school Drug use in situations that are potentially harmful to oneself and others Legal problems...

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5 Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

5 Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

All drugs that can be abused have emotional side effects. People who suspect that a loved one or friend is into substance abuse often look for physical signs first, such as odd smells, dilated pupils, track marks or sinus issues. But the emotional signs of drug abuse can be just as telling. So how can you discern the difference between natural moods and emotional changes do to drug abuse? The key to pinpointing mood swings caused by drug abuse is to look for sudden, rather than gradual changes. Friends and family should keep an eye out for...

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