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

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

The Dangers of Misusing Prescription Drugs

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Have you taken more medicine than your doctor’s prescribed dosage? Have you asked for your friend’s painkiller prescription medicine to help with your own pain? Or perhaps you have asked for your colleague’s stimulant prescription to help you work better?

Whatever your reasons or methods are, the bottom line is this: misusing prescription drugs can pose dangers. 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

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.”

Let’s take a closer look. 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