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.
Drug and alcohol addiction cause a wide variety of complications as a result of their use. The longer someone uses or drinks, the more damage that will be caused to their body, ultimately cutting your lifespan short.
Use our interactive addiction calculator to see how much damage has been caused has already been done and how much time your previous substance use has cut short, and if you continue to drink or use, how much more time will it cutoff your expected lifespan.
If you’ve quit drinking alcohol but are still struggling with the negative and destructive attitudes, thoughts and feelings as you did during active addiction, you may be dealing with what’s called “dry drunk syndrome” (DDS) also known as Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).
For many people, a substance addiction aka substance use disorder (SUD) or alcohol use disorder (AUD) was like a living organism that started with the seeds of addiction being planted in our minds. They then slowly grow and grow, constantly stretching its tentacles out of our minds and across our bodies whilst constantly taking a stronger and tighter grip on our body, mind and soul until it reaches the point at which we are completely encased in a thick, black unbreakable case, stronger than platinum or bullet proof glass.
In this article we look at some of the most common misconceptions, lies and myths when it comes to the general public or those who have little to no experience with addictions.
Information gets passed down from parents to children, hence why all of this information is still swimming around out there.
But if we share what we learn with others, challenge wrong information and correct it where you can, the lives of addicts will be much better off. Not only for accessing treatment and therapies, but just to simply tell families and loved ones that they have an addiction without fear of being judged, shamed or even exiled from their families, job and friends just to list a few!…
What Hitting Rock Bottom Means For Those Addicted To Drugs And Alcohol
Hitting or reaching rock bottom is the place that some people with severe drug or alcohol use disorder (addiction) must reach before they are finally ready to admit that they have an addiction and finally reach out for help, support, treatment and therapies to change their life around.
Find out more about rock bottom here and how you can change your life around when you find yourself at this lowest possible point.
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!…
This article contains images, videos and other media that shows real-life wounds, abscesses, ulcers and amputations associated with injecting throughout. Not for those with a nervous disposition to wounds and graphic media.
It has been reported that one third of substance users will develop an injection-related abscesses, sores or open wounds within a one-year period at minimum.
Education about substance use, skin issues and wound care is an important part of helping not only the user but also the health care professionals that are encountering this consequence of injecting more and more often.
Discover the warning signs when wounds develop and when more professional help may be needed.
Our genes we inherit from our parents can make up upto as much as 50% of our susceptibility toward developing an addiction or addictive behaviours ourselves.
Having an awareness and knowledge is a key part of developing a stable, functional recovery strategy to reduce your risk of actually having an active addiction in any of its forms.
Find out all you need to know here as well as what you can do to help yourself.