Is Drug Addiction a Disease?

Is drug addiction a disease?

The debate over “is drug addiction a disease” or a choice is not new. For decades, researchers have offered evidence to support both theories. Why is the answer to this question so important? It can help formulate a plan for combatting the nationwide epidemic of drug addiction and misuse. Over 20 million Americans have a substance use…

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Channeling Yoga for Addiction and Healing

Channeling yoga for addiction and healing

Reports show yoga is popular in America. The most common reasons for practicing yoga are stress, trauma relief, and becoming more flexible. Alternatively, yoga for addiction is used as a treatment option for those suffering from an alcohol disorder or drug misuse. Currently, there are 36 million Americans practicing yoga and 100,000 registered yoga teachers.…

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9 Signs You Might be Addicted to Sex

9 signs you might be addicted to sex

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM5), created by the American Psychiatric Association, does not list sex addiction or being addicted to sex as a diagnosable mental health disorder. However, it exists and is a real problem for many Americans. Research suggests between 5% and 7% of Americans are affected by an addiction to…

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What are the Signs of Addiction?

What are the signs of addiction

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the resource used by addiction treatment professionals to diagnose substance use disorders (SUD). Currently, there are eleven criteria that help determine the severity of a substance use disorder. Someone who meets two or three criteria is considered to have mild SUD. Meeting four or…

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Technology Savvy vs. Technology Addicted

technology addiction

Do you stay online longer than intended? Is technology use causing problems for you at work, home, or socially? Have you tried to stop using technology but can’t? In this article, we’re exploring some of the most common signs of technology addicted individuals. The internet is both wonderful and dangerous at the same time. You…

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Help for Sex Addiction: Signs, Causes, and Treatment

Help for Sex Addiction

There is very little statistical data on sex addiction. However, one study of 2,000 American men and women found more than 8% reported having compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD). But when does sex become an addiction? Other reports claim the prevalence is between 3% and 6% of the population.  Sex addiction has many names, including compulsive sexual…

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The Correlation Between Addiction and Mental Health

addiction and mental health connection

Substance use and mental health disorders have a lot in common. They are both disorders of the brain that can become chronic the longer they go untreated. They can also interfere with daily functioning, preventing you from meeting obligations personally, professionally, and socially. When a person has both a substance use disorder and mental illness,…

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The Four Stages of Gambling Addiction

stages of gambling addiction

Gambling in the United States is big business. Having survived more than a few attempts to be outlawed, avenues to facilitate gambling have increasingly become legalized. In addition to state lotteries and tribal casinos, legal sports betting and online gambling portals have provided the public with easy access to gamble. Like many behavior-related addictions, gambling…

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Neurofeedback and Addiction: A Path to Balance

neurofeedback and addiction

For thousands of years, the way that our human brain worked was a mystery. With the help of computer technology, mental health professionals have uncovered helpful insight by studying the brain. This is known as neurofeedback and it can provide the information needed during mental health treatment and addiction treatment. In this article, we’re taking…

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5 Types of Drug Addiction

Types of Drug Addiction

Substance abuse has a profound impact on your mental health. In 2014, 7.9 million people had both a substance use disorder and another mental illness. The more you know about the different types of drug addiction, the better prepared you will be to seek help or guide those you love toward treatment. In this article,…

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