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…]

Should I Choose an Out-of-State Addiction Rehab Program?

Should I Choose an Out-of-State Addiction Rehab Program?Choosing an addiction rehabilitation center is an important step in the recovery process. The right rehab center can make or break your journey to a drug-free life, so understanding what type of rehab program you or a loved one needs is important. Rehab centers vary in the types of programs they offer. Choosing an in-state facility or traveling away from home can have an impact on the recovery process. Chicago residents seeking drug addiction rehab facilities should evaluate both in and out of state options. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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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Five Tips for Safe Prescription Drug Use

Five Tips for Safe Prescription Drug UseJust because the drug comes from a doctor does not make it safe. Pain medicine and heroin both feature compounds derived from opium poppy, while prescription amphetamines share similarities with cocaine and other stimulants. Accidental addictions are common, and certain sedatives and anti-anxiety medications can be lethal if the user quits too abruptly. Other dangers include the following:

  • Overdose from too high a dose or combining with similar medications
  • Accidental poisoning of babies and children who ingest adult prescriptions
  • Drug-related accidents that occur after underestimating a drug’s side effects
  • A dangerous drug interaction from taking multiple prescription medicines at once

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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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Athletes and Painkiller Addiction

Athletes and Painkiller AddictionSteroids are often the first drug that comes to mind when talking about substance abuse among athletes, but painkiller addiction is also common in sports. Football, rugby, hockey, mixed martial arts and other contact sports often involve players suffering from chronic pain, and injuries can turn competitors toward OxyContin, Vicodin and other drugs to play through the pain. Many athletes in Chicago start taking pain medication to stay in the game but eventually become controlled by addiction.
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