HomeAuthorAlexandra LaFollette, Author at Struggling With Addiction

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Drug addiction and alcoholism are synonymous with each other in the fact that they both destroy lives, families, and the homes of those who suffer from them. Alcoholism is simply just being addicted to alcohol, which is a drug itself, whereas drug addiction is an addiction to pretty much everything else that is substance related, such as heroin, methamphetamines, prescription pills, etc. Both drug addiction and alcoholism are substance use disorders, and unfortunately both are...

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It is never a good situation to be in when someone may have to wonder whether or not a family member is addicted to alcohol or drugs. However, if you do find yourself in this situation, just know that you are not alone, as nearly 21 million Americans struggle with an active addiction in our world every day, but more importantly, know that it is never your fault. When someone in your family abuses drugs...

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Marijuana, also known by cannabis, weed, grass, shake, ganja, reefer, dope, hash, herb, chronic, and many other names, has a reputation for being a safe narcotic. In reality, there are no ‘safe’ narcotics, and the potential for addiction to ‘weed’ (as it will be henceforth referred to) has well earned its place on the DEA Schedule 1 list of dangerous, addictive drugs. Let’s read on to see just how weed can be addictive and habit...

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Drug addiction can happen to anyone at any time. Luckily, there are identifiable risk factors for high-risk individuals and even yourself. There are two types of major risk factors: biological and environmental.   BIOLOGICAL RISK FACTORS:   FAMILY HISTORY The first and primary risk factor for addiction is family history or genetics. Both genetic and environmental variables contribute to the initiation of use of addictive agents and to the transition from use to addiction. Addictions...

Convincing an addict to get help can seem extremely frustrating and confusing. Each person is different, and this is undoubtedly true with addictions, as well. You may have asked a loved one with an addiction to get help in the past, and received a response such as, “I’m fine”, or “It’s not a big problem”. Many times, an addict will even tell you they haven’t used drugs in months or years, even if it isn’t...

Drugs are often associated with a decline in quality of life, but to what degree? You’ve probably heard of people losing their homes, friends, family, and jobs, and may be wondering if this is true for every drug addict. We talked to former drug addicts, did as much research as possible, and feel qualified to tackle the topic of how drugs can affect your quality of life. The Aspects of Life That Drugs Effect While...

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Drug usage has risen over the past decade and only seems to be increasing. It seems like we all know, or have known, someone in our lives who has fallen into the addiction of drug usage. While many people think about the problems, drug addiction brings, not many people think about the long-lasting health effects drugs have on your body. We scoured the internet looking for the most common reasons people avoid drugs and came...

No matter what the details of your addiction recovery journey, experts agree – the use of CBT (or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as it is known) is a powerful tool to prevent relapse and fight off temptation.  One study[1] of cocaine-dependent patients even showed 60% of patients subjected to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy remained clean upon a 52-week toxicology screen! What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) ?   The DrugAbuse.Gov[2] website says the following about CBT: Cognitive-behavioral...

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The debate on whether or not drugs should be legal has been going on for over a century. If we look back 150 years ago, we can see that the Opium Wars crippled China for many decades. Some argue that there are still parts of China that haven’t even recovered from the epidemic. We can also look to the morphine and laudanum epidemic that ravaged the United States post-civil war until those drugs became regulated....