How Does Co-Dependency Develop?
There are many people who assume that addiction is an illness that affects the individual in question only and that those who suffer from it have somehow chosen the life they are living. Some go as far as to say that addicts should be left to get on with their addictive behaviour – after all, they are only harming themselves. This is, very obviously, not the case. Addiction is a far-reaching illness that affects many more people than just the person using the drugs or drinking the alcohol. ...

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How Drug Detox Works and Why It Is Necessary
Drug addiction is a common problem and, despite what most people believe, it is not just those who abuse illegal substances who can be affected by addiction. The reality is that any mood-altering substance can cause addiction, so even those using medication prescribed for a legitimate medical condition could find themselves struggling with a crippling drug addiction and in need of drug detox. Another common misconception is that drug addiction is a lifestyle choice or the consequence of bad b...

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Why Marijuana Addiction Should Be Treated
There is quite a lot of controversy surrounding marijuana and its addictiveness, with many believing it to be a completely harmless drug. This misconception often has a lot to do with the fact that marijuana comes from a naturally-growing plant; but then again, so does heroin. Another reason many people believe marijuana to be a harmless drug is the fact that, despite it being illegal here in the UK, it has been legalised in many US states and is freely available in countries such as the Neth...

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What Bulimia is Like – A Detailed Explanation
Have you ever wondered what bulimia is like? Maybe it is because you are just curious to find out more about this condition, or perhaps you are worried that you might be affected. Either way, what you should know is that bulimia is a serious mental health condition and it can have a very severe impact on the quality of life of those affected. Bulimia is a type of eating disorder where large quantities of food may be eaten in one sitting; this is known as a binge. After bingeing, those affecte...

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What Does Alcohol Addiction Do to the Brain?
Alcohol is regularly drunk by those socialising with family members or friends. It is present at parties, gatherings, and get-togethers and is a normal, acceptable part of life. For most people, alcohol never causes a problem. It is something to be enjoyed in moderation, and nothing more. But for others though, alcohol becomes the most important thing in their life and everything else fades into insignificance. For these individuals, alcohol has become an addiction; an addiction that affects ...

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How Depression Affects You – And How to Overcome it
It is natural to feel sad or unhappy from time to time as a result of life events. However, many individuals suffer from chronic depression that is ruining their lives. Depression is a feeling of deep sadness that persists and begins to interfere with quality of life. You may or may not know the contributing factors of your depression if you are a sufferer. What science does know is that there is no single cause of depression for each person. We also know that depression can affect individual...

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Why Must Dual Diagnosis Be Treated?
Dealing with mental health issues, or an addiction to a chemical substance such as alcohol or drugs can be challenging enough. However, trying to deal with both simultaneously can be extremely complicated. Unfortunately, the two tend to go hand in hand and when both occur at the same time, a dual diagnosis is given. It is not hard to understand why dual diagnosis must be treated at the same time. With both conditions influencing each other, it is essential that a treatment plan take both into ac...

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Who Are the Ones That Drug Addiction Affects the Most?
The issue of who drug addiction affects is one that often comes up, especially among those who have found themselves struggling with one themselves. With so much stigma attached to drug addiction, it is not difficult to understand why some individuals would be horrified at the suggestion that they might be affected. Moreover, while most people assume that the term ‘drug addiction’ refers only to those who abuse illegal drugs, this is not always the case. In fact, many individuals have unw...

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Why Alcohol Detox Might Not be What You Expect
Most people have their own idea of what detoxing from chemical substances is like. Movies and TV programmes once depicted this process as being a completely agonising experience, and it was not unheard of for scenes of people drying out to show them being tied to a bed to stop them searching for the substance they were craving. This is not how an alcohol detox is. If you are an individual about to embark on a detoxification from alcohol, you might actually be surprised to find that an alcohol de...

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What Triggers Gambling Addiction?
Those who have either direct or indirect experience with problem gambling may be questioning what triggers gambling addiction? It is often difficult for those affected to comprehend why they have developed a problem while others have not. What makes one person more susceptible to gambling than another? Why can some people gamble in moderation while for others it becomes an obsession that ultimately destroys their life? Unfortunately, there is no way to answer these questions with any degree o...

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