How to Give Your Child a Future after Addiction

How to Give Your Child a Future after AddictionAddiction can impact every aspect of your life. The consequences that you face can also follow you and impact your future opportunities. Because young adults are faced with many hardships, they might resort to drug use to help ease some of the stress and burdens they face. This can lead to serious health conditions that may result in permanent damage or a criminal history that can plague them for the rest of their life. Helping young adults in Chicago have the future they deserve after sobriety can be both stressful and rewarding. [Read more…]

How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Drug Use

How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Drug UseOne of the effects that drug use can have on your life is that it can cause you to lose your job. Without your job, the financial burden of drug addiction will become even more severe, adding even more stress to your life. Drug use is a problem that requires treatment to recover from, and without treatment your addiction will continue to get worse, putting your health and job at risk. Chicago residents who fear they could lose their jobs because of drug use should seek professional treatment. [Read more…]

How Do You Define a Successful Intervention?

How Do You Define a Successful Intervention?An intervention is a structured, thoroughly planned event between an addicted individual and his or her loved ones in Chicago. While the main objective of an intervention is to motivate an addict to pursue treatment help, there are other goals to seek to achieve in the intervention process. An addict does not have to accept treatment at the end of an intervention for the intervention to be a success. Other goals can be attained, and a platform for positive change can be initiated for all individuals affected by the addiction in Chicago. [Read more…]

Defining a Drug Abuse Problem

Defining a Drug Abuse ProblemIt may be difficult to determine a drug abuse problem. In fact, Chicago residents may have considerable trouble determining recreational drug abuse from a serious drug problem. However, if people learn about the signs of drug abuse, they can identify dangerous habits and seek help before too much trouble develops. [Read more…]

Changes in How Addiction Is Viewed

Changes in How Addiction Is ViewedSociety used to frown upon treatment techniques and procedures for addiction. This was simply because they did not understand addiction and they lacked the resources for learning about it. Current addiction treatment is much more successful, especially when compared to the past. Society used to frown upon both addicts and rehab because it saw addicts as weak-willed and/or as criminals. However, while Chicago drug addicts may now have criminal records due to addiction, but medical professionals now see addiction as an illness, a mental disorder, rather than a weakness. [Read more…]

Anxiety Disorders and Tranquilizer Abuse

Anxiety Disorders and Tranquilizer AbuseAccording to the National Institute on Mental Health approximately 40 million Americans ages 18 and older suffer from an anxiety disorder each year. Anxiety disorders include the following:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social anxiety disorder

The main characteristic of anxiety disorders is severe anxiety that interferes with daily life in Chicago. [Read more…]

Life after Rehab

Life after RehabAfter emerging from the structured, supportive environment of rehab the real world can seem daunting. In a practical sense, you will have bills to pay, a job to either find or return to, paperwork to organize and mail to sort through. Many friendships will need rebuilding or reevaluating, family members must be met with or cared for and social settings need to be entered. Before leaving rehab think about how you are going to stay sober while readjusting to your normal life in Chicago.
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How Addiction Treatment Improves Psychological Health

How Addiction Treatment Improves Psychological HealthInpatient rehab is the most effective method of treating addiction. Addiction often stems from psychological or emotional issues that need to be addressed, and time spent in rehab produces lasting results. In addition to overcoming addiction, Chicago residents will benefit from receiving treatment for any psychological issues that contributed to or resulted from the addiction.
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Dangers of Looking for Acceptance through Drug Use

Dangers of Looking for Acceptance through Drug UseDuring our teenage years we begin the arduous social and emotional process of shaping our identities and forming the methods by which we understand and relate to others. Young people in Chicago seem to highly value individuality, but the desire to fit in almost always trumps other motivating factors. This can be a good thing, as teens learn to work successfully in groups and build deeper, more substantial relationships, but the teenage longing for acceptance often leads teens into peer situations where a herd mentality overwhelms their preferences and will. It is in such situations that teenagers, encouraged by friends with whom they desperately want to fit it, may first experiment with drugs and alcohol.
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Abandonment Issues and Addiction

Abandonment Issues and AddictionAbandonment can happen at any age. Parents abandon their children. Spouses abandon each other. Siblings move away and/or become estranged from each other. In each case, abandonment can lead to dangerous behaviors when the feelings have not be processed appropriately. One of these behaviors is drug abuse. When Chicago residents who have been abandoned discover they can medicate their pain with drugs, even if it is just for a short time, using drugs becomes increasingly appealing.
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