Archives for Addiction
Some of the insights gleaned from treating the disease of addiction can offer benefits for those in recovery from mental health issues, too.
Got a craving for another beer or glass of wine? Your right ventral striatum may be in on your decision to have another. A new study appears to show that both blood oxygen levels and dopamine activity are increased in response to
You can become a healthy role model for your child—even for your adult child. Obviously, the earlier on you model healthy emotions and behavior for your child, the better. A child who grows up with a parent who is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy will usually have a better chance of developing these qualities him or herself. But sometimes, being a role model is deeper than merely being a responsible, thoughtful adult. Children see everything, and are often able to read what we really think, feel, and believe.
It's all about feelings. When a person struggles with a sense of self and they aren't sure who they are, they aren't sure how to experience, live with, or manage their thoughts and feeling. Feelings especially can become baffling, annoying or painful. In many years working in both mental health and addiction, I've found that in general, people try drugs or alcohol, and end up abusing them, because they want to change, forget or control a feeling or feelings. Changing a feeling can be as simple as
Honesty, Open-mindedness, and Willingness, commonly referred to as "HOW," are three keys to recovery from addiction, according to self-help groups. These three keys are essential to being emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthy as well.
To find joy is the hardest thing of all. It is harder than all other spiritual tasks…Put all your energy into being happy. — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov People struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses benefit from making joy a part of their mental health treatment plan. Joy's Power Joy's Dark Opposites: Joy is the opposite of nearly every draining emotion and feeling: Despair. Anger. Depression. Jealousy. Hate. You can't merely implant joy on top of negative emotions and feelings, but you can engage in joyful activities which are important to the healing process.
Drugs There were 46, 471 deaths from drug overdoses in the United States in 2013, the latest year for which there is data. About half of those were from prescription-drug overdoes. Another 8,000 were from heroin. (Painkillers are being abused more than heroin, cocaine, PCP, methamphetamines, and MDMA all combined.)