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The Benefits of Group Therapy

The Benefits of Group Therapy

Group therapy involves meeting with a group of people who have all dealt with similar issues. This can range from people who have depression, PTSD, body image issues, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Group therapy is beneficial in making you feel you are not alone and getting all of the support you need as you are on the road to recovery. One benefit of group therapy is realizing that by sharing stories and connecting with other patients in the group, you are not alone in your issues. For example, someone in your group can talk about a time when they went…

Klonopin Addiction

Klonopin Addiction

There are plenty of drugs prescribed by doctors that can be addicting and habit-forming. One of them is a benzodiazepine called Klonopin which can cause someone to be addicted within a few weeks. According to Addiction Center, 75,000 people went to the emergency room due to complications from Klonopin in 2011. Stevie Nicks was addicted to Klonopin for eight years and she described the drug as making her less productive and less able to write good songs. It is important for those addicted to Klonopin to seek treatment before they suffer deadly consequences from the drug. Klonopin blocks the receptors…

Genetics Playing a Factor in Addiction

Genetics Playing a Factor in Addiction

Genes are composed of sequences of DNA molecules and are packed in chromosomes. Your chromosomes are your basic manual for traits. Genetic factors can include mental health, personality traits, and physiological reactions to drugs such as the severity of hangovers, risk-taking behaviors, and certain type of drugs. Out of the 46 chromosomes you have, 23 of them come from your parents. Genetics are half the reason why someone would have a vulnerability to drugs but that does not mean that you will automatically become an addict. Genetic traits come in many forms such as physical, behavioral, and an increased vulnerability…

Benefits of Recovering in a Green Space

Benefits of Recovering in a Green Space

Forests, meadows, fields, flowers, and wide-open spaces serve a great purpose to our mental health compared to being cooped up inside. According to the Bureau of Labor, Americans spend 2.8 hours watching television which can increase insomnia, depression, fatigue, and isolation. The World Health Organization says the 3.3% of deaths is from lack of walking and recreational access. Being surrounded by nature, on the other hand, can make great improvements on your mental and physical health. There are a number of reasons why we tend to feel better when we are in green spaces. Psychoevolutionary Theory states that because our…

How Alcohol Affects Nutrition

How Alcohol Affects Nutrition

It is important for people to have a certain amount of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and water in order to be energized and have the right chemicals to keep the body going. All key components play a role in keeping the body health. Alcohol can ruin the progress the body is making to be healthy as alcohol is not a requirement for the body but a toxin that the body needs to be rid of before it can cause damage to cells. Abusing alcohol will make your body fail to get the important nutrients it needs with malnutrition being…

Environmental Factors in Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Environmental Factors in Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Just like genetics can have a factor in the chances of becoming an addict, the environment plays a big role too. If a person lives where they are surrounded by bars or drug dealers, the chances of becoming an addict can increase. It is important for schools and the community to expose teens to education and recovery options to decrease the chances of addiction. Community and peers can influence a person to do drugs or alcohol as teens can try to fit in by hanging out with a cool crowd. If they partake in drugs or alcohol with this group…

Heroin Addiction Continues to be a Problem

Heroin Addiction Continues to be a Problem

Heroin is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug that tends to appear in the form of a white powder. This drug acts quickly in the body and may be smoked, snorted, or injected. Heroin causes you to feel pleasure by binding to opioid receptors in the body. Then, dopamine is released which can fuel a dangerous addiction and cause you to want to repeat the same actions again. The short term effects of heroin can include drowsiness, sedation, reduced pain sensation, and a rush that increases euphoric feelings. The long-term effects of heroin are more dangerous as you can…

The 12 Steps for Gamblers

The 12 Steps for Gamblers

During the last forty years, thousands go to Gamblers Anonymous for those who gamble (GA) and for families of gamblers (Gam-Anon). It is important for gamblers to remember that they are not alone and that there is a sense of hope in their recovery. In order to be on the path of recovery, gamblers must follow these twelve steps. The first step is for gamblers to admit that they have a problem and that it has taken a serious toll on their lives. They need to admit, accept, and unconditionally surrender to their powerlessness over gambling. The second step is…

Diet Pills Addiction

Diet Pills Addiction

Losing weight involves a lot of strenuous hours of dedication, exercise, lifestyle changes and hard work. Not everyone is willing to go through these lengths to lose weight so they are looking for a quick fix. According to the University of Minnesota, 20% of girls from ages 19-20 have abused diet pills. It is important for those who are addicted to diet pills to seek treatment before they experience long-term physical and mental effects. Diet pills are prescription and over the counter supplements. Doctors prescribe diet pills to obese or morbidly obese patients to use for short-term to get them…

You Can Accomplish More When Sober

You Can Accomplish More When Sober

You may think that drinking and doing drugs is the only way to have more fun. The truth is that alcohol and drugs can hold you back from being the best person you can be. Being under the influence can slow you down, impair your memory, and affect your behavior whereas being sober can help you enjoy all of the great things that life has to offer. One example of accomplishing more in sobriety is when you have more energy compared to when you are high, drunk or having a hangover. In that state, it is hard to be active…