Pregnant women who use substances regularly (both drugs and alcohol) may deliver newborn babies who are born dependent on the same substances as their mother, because substances are passed between mother and baby through their umbilical chord.
This also can affect the growth and development of the fetus, along with causing issues that will affect them throughout their later life.
Find out all you need to know about NAS and more, including treatment options and help and support for those who may be/are or wanting to become pregnant, but are substance dependent or on a MAT program.
The Jellinek Curve outlines the disease model of addiction and how a person can move from a destructive, addicted state, only concerned about acquiring and using drugs and drinking alcohol, to a balanced recovery where you can grow and become a well balanced, happy, productive and prosperous human being once again.
Find out more about the Jellinek Curve here in this article and how it can benefit your addiction and efforts to enter recovery and then stay there!…
Harm reduction refers to a broad range of policies and practices that try to reduce the physical, mental and societal harms that people do to themselves and/or others from their drug and alcohol use.
This article covers a wide range of harm reduction strategies and best practice suggestions for those who use drugs and alcohol, those around them, their communities and the country as a whole, including those involved with sex work, those who drink/drug drive and what help and support is available to those who want it.
Opioids & opiates are supposed to be a short term solution for moderate to severe pain. However, so many people are on them for so long, that they have become physically and psychologically dependent on them, firstly because they enjoy the way they make them feel and secondly, to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Unfortunately, the ever increasing epidemic of opioid addiction is ravaging nations around the world, killing people unnecessarily, for a health condition that is treatable!
Find out all you need to know about opioids, addiction, pregnancy, overdoses, death withdrawal symptoms and treatment options and much more!…
Understanding the damage we have caused to our bodies through continual abuse by substances undoubtedly takes a toll on our bodies generally, but our brains the most!
Knowing what damage is done and how to undo that damage is vital information if you want to succeed in long-term recovery and abstinence from substances.
All you need to know is here, in this article.
Anhedonia is defined as a loss of capacity to experience pleasure. This inability to enjoy pleasurable things is associated with a number of mental health problems including depression.
The word anhedonia comes from ancient Greek and means without delight. The individual who is experiencing this condition will find that their life is emotionally empty and meaningless without having drugs and/or alcohol in it to make them feel “normal” again, in a state where they are able to feel pleasure and enjoyment again, even if it is just temporary.
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This article will guide you through a range of traits that addicts may display when their using or drinking becomes unmanageable.
Taking this quick, simple test may help you to better understand whether your drinking or drug use is becoming unmanageable and whether you may want to look into getting some help and support for your drinking or drug use?
The toughest part of trying to recover from alcohol and/or drug problems comes during this stage when a number of issues make it difficult to focus on learning to live a life of abstinence and recovery and make trying to stay clean and sober a struggle. It is the second of four stages of the recovery process as defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. You can find the tools, techniques and information you need to overcome these obstacles here in this article!