Talking to Your Loved Ones About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Especially when you have been traumatized by a life-threatening event, discussing its effects on your life with loved ones can be intimidating. You may feel embarrassed at some of your reactions to triggers, as well as reluctant to share your Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis with others. However, recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder begins […]

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Can I Have PTSD If I Don't Remember Any Trauma

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Sometimes, the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) appear even when no trauma is recognized or remembered. In some such instances, trauma has occurred that is so incredibly painful that the mind cannot bear to dwell on it. As a protective mechanism, denial surfaces in order to avoid the painful memory. However, while denial […]

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The Effects of Long Term Alcohol Use on Longevity

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At least 100,000 deaths each year in the United States can be attributed to alcohol related causes. On average, an alcohol dependent individual lives 10 to 15 years less than non dependent individuals. Both behavioral and physiological responses to alcohol consumption can lead to a significantly reduced life span. Alcohol Related Behaviors That Reduce Longevity […]

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Physical Effects of Injection Based Drug Use

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The physical effects of injection based drug use create the potential for dangerous—or even lethal—repercussions. Dependency on injection drugs can cause a host of problems if left untreated, from the contraction and spreading of terminal diseases to long-term damage to the body’s circulatory system. While much of the damage caused by injection drug use can […]

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Exhaustion as a Physical Effect of Drug Use

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Chronic drug use takes an incredible toll in the body, and can also lead to unhealthy levels of fatigue and exhaustion. The body’s systems become overtaxed by drug dependency, from days spent artificially awake on extended benders to physical fatigue from extended hyperalertness. Additionally, when side effects of drug use begin to manifest (such as […]

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Dangerous Carcinogens in Recreational Drugs

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Most of us already know that drug and alcohol abuse causes harm to the body, but few of us fully realize the impact recreational drugs can have on the development of cancer. Many recreational drugs have harmful and dangerous carcinogens, either due to the method of ingestion, or because of the drug production process itself. […]

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Why Drug and Alcohol Dependency Breaks Down Trust

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One of the most challenging parts of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is the repairing of relationships where trust has been broken. While chemical dependency still remains a problem, the relationships we used to hold dearly often fall by the wayside. The physical and psychological components of addiction often lead us to act in […]

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How to Earn Your Childrens Trust After Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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As parents, we all endeavor to build trusting and open relationships with our children. However, children’s vulnerable nature can mean that trust can be difficult, especially when a family has been affected by drug or alcohol addiction. While entering a private drug rehab program and recovering from chemical dependency is the first step in reestablishing […]

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Overcoming Trust Issues in Your Relationships

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Many of us desire high levels of trust in our relationships, but sometimes, past experiences or lingering hurt can get in the way of intimacy. Sometimes, the existence of an alcohol or drug addiction can break trust within a relationship, as secrecy and the drive to use or drink lead to emotional pain in our […]

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Coparenting With Your Ex-Husband or Ex-Wife

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Sometimes, those who recover from drug or alcohol addiction find themselves with marriages that have suffered in the process. Even after drug and alcohol inpatient recovery has taken place, you may find yourself in a coparenting situation with your ex-husband or ex-wife. Of course, the primary goal of coparenting is to provide the benefit of […]

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