What is at the Core of Addiction

What is at the Core of Addiction

I am asked this question – What is at the Core of Addiction? – in some form or another, over and over and over, again. And typically, by the time a person is asking me, they are at their wits end. For they, like tens of millions of other Americans and hundreds of millions of people worldwide, have been fightingContinue Reading

Drug Addiction – Not My Son | Part 1

Drug Addiction – Not My Son | Part 1

Drug Addition – Not My Son is a common refrain. Parents can’t even imagine let alone consider their child may be developing (yes, developing) or have the brain disease of addiction. This is due in large part to society’s utter lack of understanding about the nature of this brain disease, the key risk factors contributingContinue Reading

Are You in Denial?

Are You in Denial?

Are you in denial? Author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, Darlene Lancer explains the concept, how to recognize and ways to get help in today’s guest post… Denial has been called the hallmark of addiction. It’s true not only for drug (including alcohol) addicts, but also for their partnersContinue Reading

Marc Andrade – Today’s Face of Recovery!

Marc Andrade – Today’s Face of Recovery!

It is my great pleasure to introduce Marc Andrade – today’s Face of Recovery, who has graciously agreed to share his story of meth addiction and recovery. Why share? There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment and recovery. Yet those who have the chronic, often relapsing brainContinue Reading

Stress and Addiction | Stress and Secondhand Drinking

Stress and Addiction | Stress and Secondhand Drinking

Readers who follow this blog know how much I write about stress, stress and addiction | stress and secondhand drinking. It’s because of the way stress works in the brain, and it’s that which sets up the brain to adopt unhealthy coping patterns, such as substance misuse, which in turn can cause secondhand drinking, and forContinue Reading

Addicts Are People – 7 Stigmas That Must Be Silenced

Addicts Are People – 7 Stigmas That Must Be Silenced

I am excited to share today’s guest post by Angela Lambert on a topic that is near and dear to my heart and the hearts of my readers, namely the fact that addicts are people – people – people who have a disease. They are not their disease, just as someone with cancer is notContinue Reading

How Painkillers are Fueling Drug Addiction Among Teens

How Painkillers are Fueling Drug Addiction Among Teens

The following guest post on why and how painkillers are fueling drug addiction among teens is provided by Gordon Dickler. Gordon Dickler is the Admissions Coordinator for Turning Point, a residential drug treatment program for men that “utilizes phased integration to fuse primary treatments and independent living.” Gordon has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficultContinue Reading

10 Reasons a Person Develops an Unhealthy Drinking Pattern

10 Reasons a Person Develops an Unhealthy Drinking Pattern

One of the biggest stumbling block for people to get around is the notion of drinking as either “normal” or “alcoholic.” For those who struggle with their drinking, fear of the label, “alcoholic,” or disbelief of the “alcoholism is a disease” concept or simply not understanding what it takes to lose control of one’s drinking,Continue Reading