Drinking Dynamics: Dealing with an Alcoholic Partner

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How do you deal with an alcoholic partner? Read on to find out

Having drinks, whether some bottles of beer or a few glasses of wine, can be a way to unwind for many couples.Perhaps, many do it to spend quality time together or to socialize with friends. It is perhaps part of many cultures all over the world to celebrate and socialize over alcohol.  Read More

Addiction and Relationships: How Intimacy Changes Now That You’re in Recovery

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Addiction is not an individual’s problem. It also deeply affects those who care about the addict. And when it comes to addiction, it’s the relationship that suffers.

Once you get sober, it’s also one of the areas that drastically improve. In spite of you having lied, manipulated, betrayed, argued or stole, the real you comes back when you become sober. And you would start to want to become better. Read More

Behavioral Disorders and Addiction: Why Treatment is Important for Both

There are many kinds of behavioral disorders. In fact, you may not even realize that someone you know may have it. You may think that they’re acting strange or have always been different since childhood. What you may not realize is that they’re like that because they have behavioral disorders. Read More

Male Loneliness: The Uncomfortable Truth

Male loneliness is considered rampant today. Why? Because men are taught from a young age to be tough, decisive, strong, and manly. From generation to generation, this has been the case.

In fact, you can browse through men’s magazines and see how men’s products are positioned and displayed. Strong, ripped men; successful men; men being productive or building things; the messaging is clear–these campaigns show just what it takes to be considered a man.

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Addicted to Smoking? Here are 10 Ways to Resist the Cravings

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For most people who are smokers, the urge to smoke can be powerful. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give in all the time. That doesn’t mean you are powerless over your cravings.

And while there are electronic cigarettes around, these too, come with many warnings and not-so-good health reports linked to smoking e-cigarettes or vaping. Read More

Hangxiety: How Alcohol Gives You Both Hangovers and Anxiety

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The pounding headache, the sweat beading on your forehead, the dry mouth, that queasy stomach. You open your eyes and regret it the second you did after getting blinded by the morning (or is it noon?) light. After a night of alcohol-fueled cheer, it’s the feeling the next morning that we dread. It makes us think why did we even drink the night before in the first place.

Hangovers truly are sinister. Read More

A Toxic Brew: 13 Common Personality Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics

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Growing up in a home where there is an alcoholic in the family can be riddled with dysfunction. If you’re one of those who grew up with an alcoholic or an addict in your family, then you probably know how it is. In this kind of environment, especially when one or both parents are addicted to substances such as drugs or alcohol, you may remember uncertainty in your childhood. That feeling of not knowing what to expect the next day. All you know is that it’s always going to be unpredictable. There’s fighting, arguments, violence, chaos, disappointment, shame, anger, resentment, confusion, and so many more. Read More

The Lowdown: Is Gambling Really as Addictive as Drugs and Alcohol?

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All over the world, across various cultures, gambling is widely popular. It may come in many forms, and yet, casinos the world over continue to be popular hot spots. The shiny and hypnotic slot machines, the captivating movements of poker dealers, the neon signs and opulent surroundings, plus the lure of that jackpot–all these provide the perfect formula for attracting people from all walks of life. Read More

Addiction Versus Dependence: What’s the Difference?

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People may interchange substance addiction and substance dependence. After all, it’s easy to confuse the two terms. Depending on which organization or specialist you’re talking to, some may have the same definition, some may have different ones, and some may even not use either terms altogether. Take for example the scientific community, which prefers the term “substance use disorder.”

Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Addiction Stigma: 7 Ways to Break the Dangerous Notions

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In as much as words hurt and can be dangerous, the wrong information can do damage too. This is what happens with addiction stigma.

The stigma of addiction is a dangerous perception that prevents millions of people all over the world to seek and get treatment for their substance use disorder. Many people, especially here in our country, still believe that addiction is a choice, that people who get addicted have a moral failing or a character flaw. These people are selfish, weak, and don’t deserve compassion. These baseless notions fosters fear among addicts, stopping them from reaching out for help. Ultimately, this can then cause them to sink deeper into addiction. Some of them even don’t become so luck as they lose their lives.  Read More