The Connection between Impulse Control and Drug Abuse

The Connection between Impulse Control and Drug AbuseImpulse control is not simply a lack of willpower, but rather a neurological disorder tied to neurotransmitters like dopamine. Scientists believe that contributing factors can range from genetics to head trauma, and it can encourage dangerous problems like drug addiction. Chicago residents with these issues should seek help to manage both of them simultaneously. [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…]

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…]

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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PTSD and Addiction

PTSD and AddictionPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction frequently co-occur and in fact have much in common with each other. PTSD happens when someone cannot cope with a traumatic event; Chicago residents who experienced combat, a natural disaster, rape or some other sort of violence may develop this crippling condition. The brain naturally associates events with sensations, such as a particular song recalling a memory or the smell of apple pie reminding people of a grandmother. In cases of PTSD these associations that can cause extreme and irrational reactions. Many of these associations are unconscious and can take people by surprise, making it difficult to cope.
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