Withdrawal is the physical disturbance or changes that occur when a person begins to discontinue or suddenly stops their heavy use of drugs or alcohol. It also freqently accompanies ceasing the use of some prescription drugs or opiods. The period following such a cessation may include painful physiological and psychologicalContinue Reading

Alcohol abuse is a widespread issue and the danger signals are easy to recognize. Let’s look at the most common problems and, if you can answer yes to even one of the following questions, you have a drinking problem. (Adapted from the College Alcohol Problems Scale, revised, 2001). Ask yourselfContinue Reading

1. Addicts are weak, selfish, crazy, bad and/or stupid. Extensive research shows that addicts are ordinary people who are neither crazy nor insane. They are not bad people who need rehabilitating, nor stupid people that need to go back to school, nor weak or selfish, unable to kick their habit.Continue Reading

An addiction is a compulsive craving for a substance or behavior despite harmful or adverse consequences, and often has physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and distress following sudden withdrawal. In recent pop psychology, the supposedly irresistible seduction of addiction has been extended to include many behaviors formerly considered badContinue Reading