Addictions can occur in a wide variety of forms. Often, it is assumed that physical dependence characterised by withdrawal symptoms is required in order for someone to be diagnosed with an addiction use disorder, but the fact is that behavioural addiction can occur with all the negative consequences in a person’s life minus the physical issues faced by people who compulsively engage in drug and alcohol use.
The rituals that occur before, during and after also make up part of the addictive process. For example, cooking heroin in a spoon and putting on a tourniquet can be just as addictive at the heroin itself. Likewise, visit the local shop, knowing that when you get home in 10 minutes, you can drink. These “preparation behaviours” are just as important to highlight and treat.
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.
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!…
Inside this article are 10 weird and interesting things you may not know alcoholic drinks are doing to your body.
For so long, we have been following the same advice, myths and legends of alcohol use and drunkenness, but now science is fighting back with new evidence that turns those theories on their head.
Keep reading to find out how!…
Introducing our “All You Need To Know About… Series”. Each article gives you an in-depth look at one particular substance at a time. We will also be using our 8 point risk-rating system, giving stars for 8 different aspects of that particular substance, eating their danger or risk from 1-5 stars.
This article will help you overcome cravings, urges and temptations. You will also find tips, tricks and techniques to manage these sensations when they occur. You will also find out about urge Surfing and mindfulness.