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Addiction Basics

Understanding the basics of substance abuse and addiction can help you to better understand when it’s time to get help. Though it may be overwhelming to attempt to keep up with everything pertaining to addiction, the latest trends in treatment and the latest drugs, you can keep up with the basics. This is especially essential for parents, teachers, and those who care for our youth. Sometimes, it’s having an understanding of the basic principles of addiction that can lead to recognizing an individual’s struggles early on and helping them to get the treatment that they need.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is characterized by an inability to control the use of a substance despite the known consequences and possibly even a desire to quit. Addiction is harmful to the user and can lead to a number of life-long consequences including physical impairment, disease and even death.

Recognizing Addiction

What can you do to spot addiction early on? Some of the signs of addiction include:

  • lack of interest in hobbies or friends
  • lack of personal appearance
  • lack of performance at work or school
  • anxiety, depression, agitation or mental illness

These are not all of the signs of addiction as there are different symptoms with each type of drug that is used but it is a list of some of the common early symptoms. These signs are often recognizable by others before some of the more prevalent symptoms are noticeable.

Treatment for Addiction

If you or someone you know seems to be showing signs of addiction, consider seeking help. Treatment centers provide a range of treatment options for those who suffer from all kinds of substance abuse problems including addiction to prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Depending on the severity of the addiction, inpatient or outpatient treatment may be chosen to help.

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How an Addiction Treatment Program Can Help

An addiction treatment program may the best solution for you to overcome your addiction. Addiction treatment programs help to specifically target areas of addiction that you would have a hard time overcoming on your own. There are various ways in which treatment programs are effective and by exploring these options and researching different treatment programs….

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Don’t drink and drive

We’ve read the 12 page report on “Reducing Drinking and Driving in Europe” by the European Commission — a sort of benchmark in sorting your way through the problem of alcohol-related traffic accidents. But it doesn’t take a report to tell you this: if you drink and drive, someday, somewhere, someone, is bound to die….

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A.A.’s ‘Big Book’ celebrates 70 years

Alcoholics Anonymous

Gail L.’s hands rest on the old red book on a table in front of her. The book, she tells you, saved her life and gave her ”a life worth saving.” It is ”God’s story of his love for the alcoholic,” she says. Seven decades ago this month, Alcoholics Anonymous, also called the Big Book,….

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