If you are looking for a drug addiction treatment for yourself and your loved one, your primary focus is likely finding the most successful drug and alcohol rehab that you can. It may be close to home or offer a schedule or price that suits your needs, but if it won’t be successful, it’s just…

  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)[i] produced by the American Psychiatric Association is often referred to as the “doctor’s bible,” because it provides an authoritative list of symptoms medical professionals can use in order to diagnose disease in their patients. In the past, the DSM defined substance abuse and dependence (or addiction) as…

You and your friends may joke about all the stuff you did last night while getting drunk that you didn’t remember. But memory problems associated with alcohol use are no laughing matter. It’s a sign of damage within the brain. Look closer at this often minimized symptom of alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction. Blackouts and…

Isolation can sneak up on you, much like a frog in a pot of slowly boiling water. Because the temperature is changed gradually, the frog doesn’t realize it is in peril until the water starts to bubble. Isolation can start with just a gradual lessening of social contact. You may not understand how this could…

An autoimmune disorder is a disease in which antibodies in the blood attack normal, healthy tissue in the body as if it posed a threat.1 Many of these autoimmune diseases are marked by pain in areas, such as the joints, nerves and muscles. Many times, prescription medication is required to manage these symptoms. However, some…

Know someone who seems completely wrapped up in their own greatness and mystique? Then you might consider them to be narcissistic. It’s one thing if a person gets a little too proud of themselves from time to time. It’s another problem entirely if they have narcissistic personality disorder. They do anything and everything to protect…

By Martha McLaughlin Ambition is generally defined as having a strong desire to achieve something and the will to work for it.1 It can be the impetus for much positive change. But can you have too much of a good thing when it comes to ambition? The Downside to Ambition In reality, too much ambition…

Who are you? If you are addicted to drugs, you may not really know how to answer that question. Even when you are newly sober, you may not entirely be sure. Drug treatment helps you awaken your personality, character, spirituality, and more. But let’s take a look at how a person’s identity can be lost…

LSD is a psychedelic drug that is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals available. This drug is sold in the following forms: Tablet Capsule Liquid Blotter paper Although LSD most commonly is ingested, it can also be sniffed and injected.1 LSD is a semi-synthetic drug made from a fungus called ergot, which is found…

Genes play a vital role in the development of any addiction, but they are not the only factor. To differing degrees, genes work in concert with outside factors to influence a person’s response to substances along with his behavior. How Genes Influence Disease Development The human body contains an estimated 20,000 to 21,000 genes.[1] The genetic…