Month: July 2014

5 Smartphone Apps For Addiction Recovery

One could argue that cellphones such as the iPhone and Android, and the smartphone apps that accompany them, are quickly becoming indispensable to the way our society goes about daily life. As of January 2014, the Pew Research Internet Project reports that 90 percent of American adults own a cell phone, and more than half of those people have a smartphone. And 67 percent of cell owners admit to checking their phones for alerts, texts, messages or calls even if their phone didn’t ring or vibrate. Cell phones are no longer for just talking to another person. They’ve become a tool for finding real time directions using GPS, for taking and storing photographs, checking email, browsing the internet, listening to music and staying in touch on any number of social media outlets. Some experts argue that society has become too dependent on this technology, that we’re now spending less time interacting with the human across from us and more time with our heads down and eyes on our phone’s screen. Perhaps part of the reason for this is the enormous number of applications that individuals can utilize to either waste time, or in fact, make the most of their time. Along with the thousands of entertainment, business or gaming applications available to smartphone owners, there are also health and lifestyle apps that can help our overall wellbeing. If an...

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Addiction Treatment vs Self-Help Groups

The saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. However, everyone knows that oranges are an excellent source of the vitamin C our bodies need. So which is better? The debate about addiction treatment facilities versus self-help groups is much the same. The differences between addiction therapy and self-help support groups are vast, but first, here is some noteworthy information: Treatment for addiction reduces drug and alcohol use up to 60 percent, suggests the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Data shows that support communities, groups generally based on the 12-step model, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Self Management and Recovery Training (SMART recovery) can complement and extend treatment efforts Every $1 invested in addiction treatment saves $7 in crime related costs, and if healthcare related costs are included, the return increases to $12 Only 1 in 10 of the 23.5 million people in the United States suffering from addiction receive treatment 12-step support groups, such as AA and NA, follow a spiritual guideline for recovery. These programs suggest that addicts are helpless over their addiction and must rely on a power greater than themselves in order to get and maintain their sobriety. There are also non-religious support groups, such as SMART Recovery. This cross-talk support group is based in science and uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to work toward recovery. Probably the...

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Is There a Relationship Between Addiction and Shame?

It’s that classic dream, the one where you’re in the mall or at work or in a classroom setting, and you suddenly realize you aren’t wearing any clothes. Either everyone is staring at you, or they haven’t noticed yet that you’re naked in a very public place. Panic and embarrassment set in. Where are your clothes? How could you have been so stupid? What do you do now? The Shame is paralyzing. Shame is a universal emotion and everyone experiences it in their life, from time to time. Some experts even believe that infants are born with their brains hard-wired for this emotion. These feelings can be fleeting, like when we wake up from that embarrassing dream. Given enough hindsight, we might even be able to laugh about a shameful situation, even though the memory of it still evokes genuinely sensitive feelings. In other cases, shame can be at the very root of our everyday lives, causing loads of painful troubles, such as depression, anxiety and addiction to drugs and alcohol. Someone living with this kind of harmful shame feels that they’re not loved because, ultimately, they don’t deserve love from others. Chronic shame can generally be traced to childhood, resulting from experiences inflicted by parents, relatives or other external forces that continue to haunt an individual into their adult life. Here are Common Causes for Childhood Shame While...

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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