Situations That Can Trigger a Relapse

No matter how hard you are working to maintain your sobriety, you will always have the risk of relapse hanging over your head. The reality is that life can throw a curveball your way at any time and can leave you open to a relapse. Certain situations will weaken your resolve, so the only way to stay on track is to remain vigilant for the rest of your life. Below are a few examples of situations that could arise and put you in danger. Bad Times It should come as no surprise to hear that bad times are a danger...

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How to Help a Loved One with Addiction

It is often the case that family members and friends of an individual with an addiction will notice there is a problem long before the person with the addiction will. Many addicts are unable to see the truth that is staring them in the face, or they choose to ignore it because it is easier than admitting they need help. While an addicted loved one is practicing denial, it can be extremely frustrating for their family members or friends. They will know that their loved one needs help, but they will also know that they cannot force them to get...

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The Link Between Unresolved Trauma and Addiction

People turn to alcohol or drugs for many reasons. Some will do so out of curiosity and continue to drink or take drugs because they enjoy the feelings it produces. Others, though, turn to these chemical substances in a bid to help them cope with the stresses of everyday life or because the memories of a traumatic event are too painful otherwise. It is not unusual for individuals to start drinking heavily when faced with the loss of a loved one, for example. They self-medicate with alcohol or strong painkillers as this takes the edge off the pain. Others have...

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Choosing Outpatient Treatment for Addiction Recovery

While it is widely accepted that residential treatment is the most effective for those with addictions to substances such as alcohol or drugs, it is not feasible for everyone. The cost involved with private residential treatment can be too high for many people, which may prevent them from availing of it. The good news is that many private clinics accept referrals from the public sector and government funding is available for some people. Outpatient Options If private inpatient treatment is not suitable for you, you can still get help for your addiction. An outpatient programme may not be as intensive...

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Characteristics of an Addict

Addiction is an illness that affects individuals from all walks of life. It can affect people regardless of their age, gender, race, and economic background. The trouble with addiction is that it is a gradual illness and many do not realise they have a problem until it is very serious. Some have an idea in their head of what an addict is and, in their mind, they do not fit the profile. However, although addicts come in all shapes and sizes, they all share many of the following common characteristics: An addict may have tried to quit his or her...

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Using Relaxation Techniques to Quit Gambling

If you suffer from a gambling addiction and are trying to quit, then you may be interested in learning about how relaxation techniques can help to fight the urge. Many gamblers will say that they have every intention of never gambling again. After an especially bad losing streak where they have lost a lot of money, they will feel guilty and ashamed and will promise loved ones that they are going to stop. And at this point, they really do believe they will never gamble again. At that very point in time, they have no desire to gamble and are...

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Elements of a Good Rehab Facility

If you want to beat your addiction and be in a position to live a clean and healthy sober life, you will need to find a good treatment centre at which you will have the best chance of success. Addiction Helper can assist you when it comes to finding a suitable treatment provider for your requirements, but if you would like to look yourself, there are a few things to look out for. Whether you are planning to enter inpatient or outpatient treatment, you need to make sure that the facility you choose has all the elements you require. It...

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How to Handle Life after Rehab

If you have been through a programme of rehabilitation, you may be about to head home and get back to living in the real world. This can be a real eye-opener for many recovering addicts as they attempt to adjust to their old life without the chemical substance or activity to which they once relied on. Some are embarrassed or ashamed of what they have been through, and they worry about others finding out. There are many life events that people find difficult to discuss with others. Certain things such as marriage problems, depression, and addiction have a certain stigma...

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The Characteristics of Bulimia and Binge Eating

Most people overeat at some stage during their lifetime, and some may feel guilty for doing so, but this is entirely normal. However, for some, binge eating is a real problem and something they have absolutely no control over. After a period of binge eating, they may feel deep shame and some feel so much remorse that they will try to purge themselves of the food they have eaten. They may do this by making themselves sick or by taking laxatives. This can often lead to a devastating cycle of binge eating and purging that can cause terrible physical and...

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Coping with Detox

The first step on the road to recovery from substance addiction is admitting that you have a problem. This is often the biggest hurdle that addicts face as many are in denial about their problems. You may be aware that you are drinking more than usual, for example, but in your eyes that does not make you an alcoholic – after all, you are still going to work most days and are still providing for your family. Many people are afraid to admit that they have a problem because this means they may have to quit drinking or taking drugs...

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The Effect of a Gambling Addiction

Those affected by a gambling addiction may often have good intentions of stopping. However, once the urge to gamble takes over, little else matters to them and they just do not consider the consequences. To these individuals, gambling suddenly becomes the most important thing in the world and everything else is blocked out. Even if they are aware of what will happen if they lose, they cannot stop until the desire has been satisfied. As with all addictions, a gambling addiction is an illness of the brain. It is easy for loved ones to tell a gambling addict to simply...

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The Characteristics of Problem Gambling

Gambling can be a source of enjoyment when done in a sensible manner. Most people who gamble do so within their financial means but, for others, gambling can become an obsession that takes control of their lives. What started out as an enjoyable activity can quickly become something that preoccupies their every waking moment. Some will become obsessed with thoughts of where they can obtain money to allow them to continue gambling. A problem gambler may begin to rack up mountains of debt and will become moody and withdrawn as he or she worries about how to repay these debts....

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Recommended Alcohol Limits Lowered for Men

A large number of people in the UK regularly drink more than the recommended daily limits for alcohol, and this leads to health problems and, in some individuals, alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a growing problem across the country, with more and more people struggling to cope with this awful illness. It is an illness of the brain that tears families apart and causes serious other health issues if left untreated. Many experts have said that the recommended limits in the UK were too high, but it has now been announced that these limits have been changed. In recent months, Dame...

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Are You Afraid of Getting Sober?

Alcohol and drug addiction do not happen overnight – it takes a while for the mind and body to become dependent on these chemical substances. By the time many people realise they have a problem, they are already fully addicted and unable to quit. It may be the case that some individuals do not even realise they have a problem until someone they love expresses concern. They may be living in denial and think that their problem is not that serious. They may never have tried to quit and, therefore, have no clue that they probably couldn’t even if they...

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How to Deal with Emotional Issues in Recovery

You might expect a number of physical withdrawal symptoms when in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, but you should be aware that emotional issues are also a common problem. The type of emotional problems you experience will usually depend on the kind of substance to which you were addicted as well as the length of time you were struggling with your illness. In the early stages of recovery, it is normal to feel quite fuzzy and to have very few emotions. However, as you progress, your mind will begin to clear and it is at this stage that...

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