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

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

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.”

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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

Meth Overdose: What You Should Know

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Meth, or locally known as shabu, comes in many different forms such as a white powder, small crystals, or even a pill. It may be ingested, injected, or smoked. However it is introduced into the system, it can’t be denied that meth is highly addictive and have a bevy of negative physical side effects. One of these is overdose. Read More

Alcohol and Liver Damage: Red Flags to Watch Out For

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When the bartender asks, “What’s your poison?” he’s not kidding.

Alcohol is one of the most addictive yet one of the most dangerous legal drugs today. Problem drinking and alcoholism, in particular, run the risk of damaging the liver irreparably. The tricky part is, the damage inside you may not be that visible on the outside–until the problem is already serious. Read More

There’s a Meth Addict in the Family: What You Can Do to Help

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Meth addiction can turn loving and devoted family members into unpredictable strangers. This can make their families feel helpless and desperate. Aside from the mood swings and financial troubles, there could also be the health and legal obstacles that their family members have to deal with as the meth addict does things they really wouldn’t normally do were they sober. Read More

Can You Forgive Your Father for His Addiction?

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“Fatherhood” may not mean the same for all families. For some, the concept of fatherhood may bring up happy and warm memories of growing up with a person they look up to. However, for those who grew up in a household where a parent, particularly a father, has an addiction, the case might be a whole lot different.  Read More

Recognize It: The 5 Stages of Alcoholism

5 Stages of Alcoholism

Many people struggle with different stages of alcohol use disorders. Most of them, unfortunately, may not even be aware of it. Their casual, social drinking may progress towards alcohol addiction without them even knowing. This is partly because of a lack of information, alcoholism misconceptions, as well as denial on the part of the drinker. Read More