Why do Addicts Lie and Manipulate?

Nearly every family of an addicted person encounters this shocking fact: The addicted lie and manipulate those around them. Even those who have long been close to one’s heart – like one’s children or a spouse – will lie to one’s face, These were people who were loved and trusted, sometimes for decades before addiction came to live in the home. It’s a brutal reality that it takes some families years to come to grips with. Some families never do come to grips with it. But every day that a family fails to realize that they are being lied to…

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How Does Love Become Enabling?

Ask any expert in addiction recovery if enabling is wrong and they will all tell you the same thing: It’s the worst thing you can do for an addict. To make sure we are all talking about the same thing, here’s a definition of enabling: Enabling consists of actions and behavior that shield the addicted person from the consequences of his or her own actions. They are usually well-meaning efforts to solve problems the addict should be solving. Therefore they allow the addicted person to continue to make choices that are destructive to their own survival and the survival of…

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What is Behind the Changing Trends in Drug Abuse?

A look back through history shows that patterns of drug abuse in the U.S. never stay the same for long. In the 1950s, tranquilizers like Miltowns and plenty of alcohol were being abused. In the 1960s, it was marijuana, speed and hallucinogens like LSD. In the 1970s, there was lots more marijuana followed by a flourishing cocaine market in the 1980s. In the second half of the 1980s, crack cocaine cut a destructive swath through urban areas. In the 1990s, while overall drug use numbers had dropped, increasing use of heroin, methamphetamine and club drugs like Ecstasy began to be…

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According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, Drug Abuse is a Factor in the Rising Number of Homeless Children

According to data collected by school districts and reported to the state, thousands of Oklahoma children fall asleep each night on the couches or beds of friends or relatives, hundreds more stay in a hotel or motel, and some even sleep in a shelter or on the streets. Obviously, this surge in homeless students is a great cause for concern among school officials, lawmakers and child advocates, who seek to find answers. According to recent information, it seems that drug abuse and addiction problems may partly be to blame.

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Are There Dangerous Side Effects Connected with Use of Suboxone?

If you’re not familiar with it, Suboxone is the brand name of a drug that is used in the treatment of opiate addiction. It was recently in the news because the young man who shot and killed several people in South Carolina had been recently arrested for possessing Suboxone that wasn’t prescribed for him. Could Suboxone have been involved in mental problems that contributed to his shooting these people? To determine this possibility, it’s necessary to take a closer look at this drug and its side effects. What’s in Suboxone? The primary drug in this formula is buprenorphine, a synthetic…

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Is a Drug User Only Hurting Himself?

When pinned down by his family and told that he (or she) needs to go to rehab, many addicted people will complain that the family just needs to leave him alone because, after all, “I’m only hurting myself.” How could the addicted person even say this? After all, it’s obvious to the family that he’s hurting them. Their hearts are breaking. They worry every time the phone rings. Their pocketbooks are emptied after having to cover medical and legal costs of the addicted person, time after time. But to the addicted person, it seems true at that moment. That’s the…

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Is a Hospital Survey Worsening Our Addiction Problem?

When we see a doctor, we want to think that the doctor is deciding on the best care to make us healthy again. But what if that doctor was under pressure to change what he recommends for us? Surely that could not be good for the patients of any doctor under that kind of pressure. Perhaps it could even make some patients worse instead of better. A news story from Tennessee shows that something as simple as a survey the federal government requires for Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement could set up a series of events that result in more addictive…

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18 Signs You May Be Addicted to Opiates

Although it might seem strange to a person who doesn’t use drugs, some people using heroin or other opiates may feel they are not addicted. Denial can be a problem as a person wants to believe they can quit using the drug any time they want. But if they try to quit, they discover a different truth. They suffer from withdrawal pain and sickness and also suffer such strong cravings that they may abandon the attempt to get sober and go back to the drug they were using. To help the person who wants to know if they are addicted to…

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Help for the Families of Addicts

Anyone working in addiction recovery knows that families suffer right along with those who are addicted. Parents and siblings suffer the terror that their loved one won’t make it home or worse, have no idea where he is tonight. Children suffer from abuse or neglect of their most basic needs like shelter, food and love. Grandparents and other family may be abused, threatened or stolen from. Families need help, just like the addicted do. What kind of help can be offered to parents and other family? There are actually many ways to increase your understanding of addiction and the options…

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Should Energy Drinks Be Considered the New Gateway Drug?

There is no specific path by which all individuals enter into drug use. Normally, an individual moves into casual drug use when they decide that these substances may be able to help them in some way in their life. They have normally encountered some problem that they are either unwilling or unable to face and handle, and drugs can provide for them a way to escape, at least temporarily.

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