1. Does this interfere with my relationships?
2.Do you spend more time on your computer looking at porn, or engaging in telecommunication sex, then with your partner?
These are just two questions if you answered either one with a yes, then you may just have an addiction. Take this test for further information on the addiction. Do I have a sex addiction?
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Ohio Law Allows Families to Force Addicts into Drug Treatment.
We’ve all heard it before—that addicts won’t clean up until they want to clean up. But a new law in Ohio has taken a different position, allowing families to force addicts into treatment. According to the Plain Dealer, there are several problems with the law including just who has access to it and whether or not it violates the rights of those it forces to get help. read more
Genetics account for 40 to 60 percent of a person’s vulnerability to addiction. Biology (for example, age, and presence of other diseases) and environmental influences (stress, diet, and peer pressure) also play a significant role. Not surprisingly, adolescents and those with mental health disorders are at greatest risk for substance abuse and addiction. Read more
There are so many people out there suffering with addiction that have mental health problems, and some don’t even know it. For more information please visit Mental Health and Recovery Service Board of Stark County
How Mental Illness and Addiction Influence Each Other.
There is a complex relationship between addiction, such as alcoholism, and mental illness. Treatment needs to focus on both conditions at the same time, once the right diagnoses have been made. Read more
People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful. Addictions do not only include physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but may include virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless products, such as chocolate – in other words, addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioral addiction (e.g. gambling addiction).
In the past addiction used to refer just to psychoactive substances that cross the blood-brain barrier, temporarily altering the chemical balance of the brain; this would include alcohol, tobacco and some drugs. A considerable number of psychologists, other health care professionals and lay people now insist that psychological dependency, as may be the case with gambling, sex, internet, work, exercise, etc. should also be counted as addictions, because they can also lead to feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, despair, failure, rejection, anxiety and/or humiliation.
When a person is addicted to something they cannot control how they use it, and become dependent on it to cope with daily life.
A habit may eventually develop into an addiction
Many of us can use substances or become engaged in activities without any significant problems. Some people, however, may experience damaging psychological and/or physical effects when their habit becomes an addiction.
What is the difference between a habit and an addiction?
- Addiction – there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved.
- Habit – it is done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. The psychological/physical component is not an issue as it is with an addiction.
These days, drugs can be found everywhere, and it may seem like everyone’s doing them. Lots of people are tempted by the excitement or escape that drugs seem to offer.
But learning the facts about drugs can help you see the risks of chasing this excitement or escape.
Although substances can feel good at first, they can ultimately do a lot of harm to the body and brain. Drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, taking illegal drugs, and sniffing glue can all cause serious damage to the human body. Some drugs severely impair a person’s ability to make healthy choices and decisions. Teens who drink, for example, are more likely to get involved in dangerous situations, such as driving under the influence.
Some go on sliding scale according to your income level.
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Yes, marijuana is addictive. There has been some debate with that answer, but bottom line is that it is. See Gateway Drug
The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). It is a psychoactive ingredient. The highest concentrations of THC are found in the leaves and flowers. When marijuana smoke is inhaled, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream and is carried to the brain and other organs throughout the body. THC from the marijuana acts on specific receptors in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors, starting off a chain of cellular reactions that finally lead to the euphoria, or “high” that users experience. read more
That can’t be farther from the truth. One hit and you are addicted, or worse dead!
Heroin is addictive even when smoked and users will need more of the drug to feel good. Some people may take excessive amounts of heroin to maintain this feel good factor and it can result in an overdose, coma and in some cases death. People who inject and share needles are also at risk of dangerous infections like H.I.V. and hepatitis B or C. Injecting can also cause damage to your veins, which can lead to ulcers or gangrene.
People who have been using heroin for some time may require professional help or treatment to overcome their dependence for the drug. For more information click here