Why Don’t People Get Treatment for Addiction?

Why Don’t People Get Treatment for Addiction?

Why Don’t People Get Treatment for Addiction? At any given time, fewer than half of people who need treatment for drug or alcohol addiction seek treatment. Exactly what percentage depends on where you live. In some countries, about half of people who need treatment seek it and in other countries the number is less than …

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There is No Silver Bullet for Addiction

There is No Silver Bullet for Addiction

There is No Silver Bullet for Addiction Addiction has certain features for nearly everyone–escalating use, increasing secrecy, using to get back to normal, fear of withdrawal, prioritising use over work, school, family, and friends. Some of these features are more obvious than others in certain people, but there’s a strong family resemblance. It’s tempting, then, …

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Why You Should do a Cost-Benefit Analysis for Recovery

Why You Should do a Cost-Benefit Analysis for Recovery

Why You Should do a Cost-Benefit Analysis for Recovery SMART Recovery is a program that is typically considered an alternative to 12-step programs. In reality, the two are not mutually exclusive. People can and do attend meetings for both or attend 12-step meetings and use some SMART methods. In fact, SMART Recovery incorporates evidence-based methods, …

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Do You Have to Watch the News?

Do You Have to Watch the News?

Do You Have to Watch the News? When you are trying to get sober or stay sober, stress and anxiety are not your friends. They are, in fact, the most common triggers of cravings. Generally, the immediate danger is in your daily life. Stress at work, arguments with your spouse, accidents, loss of loved ones, …

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How to Handle Intrusive Thoughts During Addiction Recovery

How to Handle Intrusive Thoughts During Addiction Recovery

How to Handle Intrusive Thoughts During Addiction Recovery Intrusive thoughts are closely related to addiction. They are a central feature of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Persistent, unwanted thoughts about traumatic memories, feelings of shame, and worries about the future may plague you constantly. People often drink or use drugs …

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How Intelligence Can Make Addiction Recovery Harder

How Intelligence Can Make Addiction Recovery Harder

How Intelligence Can Make Addiction Recovery Harder Several studies have indicated that higher intelligence is linked to addiction. It could be that intelligent people are more curious, less constrained by social norms, more prone to social anxiety and isolation, more prone to worry or relive bad memories, or more likely to feel bored or dissatisfied. …

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The Link Between Addiction and Intelligence

The Link Between Addiction and Intelligence

The Link Between Addiction and Intelligence We don’t think of addictive behaviour as especially clever. Usually, it seems the opposite. However, some studies suggest that addiction is linked to higher intelligence. There are several hypotheses for why this may be true. More intelligent people are more curious. Intelligence doesn’t always lead you to healthy behaviour. …

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Why Pride Can Be Dangerous in Recovery

Why Pride Can Be Dangerous in Recovery

Why Pride Can Be Dangerous in Recovery There are plenty of reasons pride is good. The pride of having done something well is one of our noblest emotions. However, pride can also make us complacent, or even oblivious. Pride can make us refuse help we should accept because we want to believe we have everything …

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How to Make Amends in Recovery

How to Make Amends in Recovery

How to Make Amends in Recovery Addiction is hard on relationships. Addiction pushes otherwise decent people into negligent, dangerous, and unethical behaviour. People struggling with addiction often hurt people they care about along the way. Part of recovery is attempting to fix those relationships and make amends for past behaviour. This is difficult and sometimes …

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