Understanding the relationship between cognitive dissonance and addiction

December 21, 2016 in Addiction, drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

People sometimes struggle with an uncomfortable feeling, which stems from the fact that their actions are not in harmony with their beliefs. This destructive thought pattern, known as cognitive dissonance, comprising conflicting beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, can become overpowering when an individual does not have a strong reason to behave in a certain way.

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 Rising drug addiction among senior citizens in US

December 02, 2016 in Addiction, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Drug addiction is commonly thought to be a problem of teens or adults. According to the Administration for Community Living, addiction is also impacting senior citizens in the United States who account for approximately 14. 5 percent of the country’s total population.

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 Types of synthetic drugs – Part 2: Fighting addiction to synthetic marijuana

November 25, 2016 in Drug Addiction, Marijuana, Treatment

To get that feeling of “high” from substances, people resort to taking any kind of drug, even synthetic drugs, which are manufactured in a chemical factory with properties analogous to marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.

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 5 leading causes of drug addiction relapse in the US

November 18, 2016 in drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Relapse is the state in which an individual who had undergone the process of recovering from addiction to alcohol or drugs begins to abuse them again. Recovering from an addiction is a lifelong process and not something that can be accomplished in a few days. It demands a firm determination, dedication and commitment to ensure that the person trying to kick the habit does not go back to his/her old habits.

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 Red Ribbon Week: Help your child remain drug-free

October 28, 2016 in Addiction, Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is not uncommon in children. In fact, more and more cases of addiction and substance abuse among teenagers and adolescents are being reported. Factors such as curiosity, peer pressure and lack of knowledge play an important role in pushing the children towards this menace. Therefore, it becomes important to ensure that the child is growing up in a safe, healthy and drug-free environment and is aware of the dangers of drug abuse.

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 Fentanyl now a key cause of drug overdose deaths in US

October 18, 2016 in Addiction, Drug Addiction

A significant rise in the use of fentanyl as an addictive substance has been observed in the United States, alerting authorities of its widespread misuse. The San Francisco Bay area in March 2016, recorded several deaths due to fentanyl intake. The victims took the dangerous synthetic opiate presuming it to be the painkiller Narco. An investigation has revealed that markets across the country are being flooded with counterfeit drugs which are mixed with fentanyl.

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 Creativity and fight against addiction – Dance Therapy

September 26, 2016 in Addiction, Drug Addiction, Treatment

Addiction has become a huge health concern world over. Growing common among teenagers and students, addiction has many forms, such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, prescription drug abuse, designer drug abuse, among others. While there are rehabs and treatment centers to treat addiction, experts have also emphasized on the role of recreational activities in treating addicts.

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 Creativity and fight against addiction – Music therapy

September 16, 2016 in Addiction, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse, therapy

Music has the power to transcend the soul to a different world. The tunes and rhythm not only soothe the mind, but also help in calming the nerves. Music can alter mood, relieve stress and energize body. It has also been found useful in healing pains and discomforts. Hence, music has always been considered one of the powerful therapeutic tools.

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 Ignoring addiction can be dangerous; here is how to tackle it

August 24, 2016 in Drug Addiction

It is not easy to quit drugs or any other addictive substance. In fact, a lot of grit and determination is needed to give up the devastating habit. Addiction becomes more devastating and life-threatening if not treated at the right time. But many people don’t even know that addiction is a chronic disease, just like cancer, heart disease or diabetes. And thus, they are unaware of the available therapies or treatments.

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 Tips for parents to fight drug addiction in children

August 11, 2016 in Depression, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Addiction at any age is a serious issue, but when a teenager falls into the grip of substance abuse, the consequences could be significantly devastating. Nothing can be worse for parents when they discover that their teen abuses alcohol or drugs. But at the same time, parents are the most powerful influence to encourage their kids to inculcate healthy attitude toward drugs or alcohol.

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