ADDICTION

Julie in Addiction
March 31, 2021

The Insanity of Addiction and Why It’s So Hard to Stop

While the rational part of my brain knew I was drinking too much, the side of my mind consumed by my addiction only wanted more. Alcohol made me selfish, yet it also made me give away all of myself until I had nothing left to give.

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Ren in Addiction
October 8, 2020

A Strong Warning from the Surgeon General’s Office on Drug Addiction

The office of the Surgeon General is responsible for assessing and addressing the serious health problems that the American people face every year. With that in mind, it is no surprise that the Surgeon General has released several reports on the state of addiction in America.

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Ren in Addiction
October 8, 2020

Drug Addiction & Denial—What Can You Do?

If you’ve never struggled with drug and alcohol addiction before, you may be at a loss for how to help an addicted loved one. What words should you use to help a loved one see that they need to get help? What words should you avoid?

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Karen in Addiction
September 25, 2020

Addiction Relates to Lack of Life Skills

Loss of life skills is part and parcel of being addicted. So it stands to reason that regaining those skills is an essential part of recovery. The more thoroughly these skills are rebuilt (or built for the first time), the more likely it is that sobriety will last.

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Ren in Addiction
September 24, 2020

Is There an End In Sight? What Will it Take to End Addiction in America?

It may seem unrealistic to consider a world where addiction to drugs and alcohol does not exist. Is it even possible? Or is addiction too much an intrinsic part of human nature?

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Karen in Addiction
September 22, 2020

Why Do They Lie? How Drug Addiction Alters the Truth

People who are addicted to drugs lie for a number of reasons. Some want to hide the truth from their loved ones to protect them, others hide in shame.

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Ren in Addiction
August 12, 2020

Addiction and Life Expectancy— How Drug Use Takes Years Off Your Life

While there is no question that genetics and hereditary factors play a role in how long someone will live, HOW one lives is also critical. As one can imagine, healthy living tends to produce longer life, whereas unhealthy living tends to shorten life. And of all the unhealthy habits one could take on, the one that might shorten life expectancy the most is drug and alcohol abuse.

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Ren in Addiction
January 27, 2020

Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Don’t Mix

It is estimated that about 18 million people misuse prescription drugs in the U.S. each year. About 5,480 people abuse such medications for the first time every day . Not all of those who misuse prescription drugs “just once” will become addicted to them. But many of them will.

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Ren in Addiction
December 11, 2019

Can We Please Quit Calling Excessive Use of Technology an Addiction?

There’s been a lot of talk about the addictive nature of tech, the internet, cell phones, and social media. From the Help Guide to Consumer Affairs and countless other publications, big media centers and online resources are beginning to report on the harmful effects and the addictive nature of tech, social media, and the internet.

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Ren in Addiction
December 1, 2019

What Works in Ensuring Long-Term Recovery?

For anyone who has a family member or loved one who is addicted or is in recovery, the big question is this. “How can we guarantee long-term recovery?” We know how dangerous relapses are. We know about the ever-present risk of an overdose. We know that addiction is a life or death matter.

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