Since ancient times, civilizations have used different nature-derived substances to heal illnesses, protect against diseases, and improve the overall quality of people’s lives. Since then, medicine has come a long way, and in recent centuries, chemists have began to experiment with synthesized chemicals from natural substances. Many of these chemicals have led to many effective drugs while some have led to undesirable consequences.
Who knows the path out of addiction merely takes 12 Steps?
Well, it’s not really as easy as it sounds, as many recovering addicts will tell you. 12 Steps is actually a program that helps people recovering from various kinds of addiction though 12 guiding principles that outline a course of action or mindset for dealing with addiction and getting into the path of recovery. Let’s take a look at each of these steps:
Even when you are now in recovery, you can still be caught off-guard by addictions in sobriety. Find out the most common ones below.
The brain has the infamous rewards center which dictates a lot of our motivations, drives, likes, and dislikes. It is also the one responsible for the development of addictions.
At the heart of this rewards center is dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that is released in the brain each time we experience pleasure, like eating a good meal, getting a promotion, winning a prize, receiving a reward, and many more. These examples are natural rewards, and drugs and alcohol can release 10 times more dopamine than these.
As our brains get recurring surges of dopamine, we continue to seek our substance (or behavior) of choice in order to feel the same pleasure. Over time, we need more and more of the substance or repeat the activity more frequently, in order to maintain the same feeling of pleasure. This develops an addictive cycle that is hard to break.
Over the past years, Ecstasy has been widely used as a party drug by teens and young adults. The drug has now recently been under closer scrutiny with reports of 5 youths dying in a concert from what was suspected as party-drug use. So what’s with all the rave?
Ecstasy, also known as Molly and MDMA, has been widely popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s, especially in the rolling, all-night rave parties and electronic dance music scenes. For avid party goers who are looking for a heightened experience, E represented to them euphoria, energy, and escape.
The cycle of love and violence from an abusive spouse can be such a mind-boggling emotional roller coaster to deal with. Sometimes, it’s hard to find out which one is real anymore: the overly romantic words of affection, or the passive-aggressive behavior that easily escalate to life-threatening acts of violence?
Can someone who loves you really hurt you?
Drug and alcohol addiction creeps in very slowly into your loved one’s life without you even knowing. And when you do, the substance have already gripped the life of your partner or spouse in ways that you may not be able to easily comprehend at first. Yes, addiction can be that insidious.
Left unchecked, the signs and symptoms of addiction, whether to drugs or alcohol, can have many significant, devastating, and even fatal effects to your partner. As for you and your family, life will never be the same.