Addictions

The Downside of Treating Addiction as a Crime

The Downside of Treating Addiction as a Crime

Treating Addiction as a Crime

Addiction is a disease that damages every aspect of a user’s life. Addicts prioritize drug use, which causes them to steal from, lie to and rob anyone to help satisfy their cravings. Because of this, many addicts struggle with legal issues, because they are willing to break the law so they can use drugs again. These legal issues can affect an addict for the rest of her life, so you should seek help as soon as possible to help you or a San Jose loved one get clean from drugs. Continue Reading…

How Equine Therapy Can Help People with Addiction

How Equine Therapy Can Help People with AddictionNo matter how good an addiction treatment program is, the only thing that matters to an addict and his family is how well the lessons of treatment work when he brings them out of treatment and into the real world. One way to ensure treatment applies to the real world is to bring parts of the real world into treatment. Equine therapy, for example, brings the care of and interaction with a horse into the treatment environment. A horse is a 1000-pound creature with a mind of its own. With the proper guidance, working with a horse can help addicts learn and practice skills they will need as they build drug free lives. For San Jose addicts struggling with recovery, equine therapy may be an effective option. Continue Reading…

How Natural Disasters Can Trigger a Relapse

How Natural Disasters Can Trigger a RelapseNatural disasters can test anyone’s health, emotions and strength. The stress of a natural disaster can compel many people to return to drug use to cope with the loss of their personal items, family members and friends. However, learning how to avoid triggers can help any recovering addict prevent relapse and continue the path to long-term sobriety. In short, San Jose residents can stay clean if they have the right support. Continue Reading…

Help for Addiction to Benzos and Alcohol

Help for Addiction to Benzos and Alcohol“Benzo” is a slang term for benzodiazepine-class drugs, which doctors use to treat panic attacks and anxiety disorders in San Jose. There are several types of benzos, including the following:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan) Continue Reading…

Confusing Your Loved One and the Addiction

Confusing Your Loved One and the AddictionAn addiction can devastate relationships in San Jose, whether they are familial relationships, friendships, or coworker relationships. Loving someone who is struggling with an addiction is difficult. You want what is best for your loved one, but nothing you say or do seems to make a difference, and sometimes it seems to make things worse. Continue Reading…

Attention-Seeking Behaviors and Addiction

Attention-Seeking Behaviors and AddictionAttention-seeking behaviors are excessive and inappropriate behaviors practiced by people who want to gain attention. A person with attention-seeking behaviors will fabricate grandiose stories in order to shift the focus onto him or her in San Jose. Some attention-seeking behaviors could include the following:

  • Hyperbolizing personal achievements and skills
  • Creating unnecessary drama in relationships
  • Manipulating friends and spreading lies in order to create problems between friends Continue Reading…

Numbing Emotional Pain through Drug Use

Numbing Emotional Pain through Drug UseSometimes San Jose begin using drugs recreationally to fit in with a crowd. Sometimes San Jose residents are prescribed a drug to treat a medical condition and they become dependent on it. Often, however, recreational drug use begins because San Jose residents are seeking relief from emotional pain.
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Medical Complications and Addiction

Medical Complications and AddictionA San Jose resident with a medical issue who also has an addiction may require special treatment. Knowledge of their propensity towards addiction can alter the drugs that can be prescribed for the medical issue. On the other end of the spectrum, many people who have a medical issue that requires prescription medication, especially if the complication is on-going, can be at a greater risk of developing an addiction. In many instances, addiction and medical issues can be directly related to one another.
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How Does a Parent’s Addiction Affect Children?

How Does a Parent's Addiction Affect Children?Addiction is a disease that affects San Jose families in dramatic ways. Children of addicts are significantly more likely to become addicts themselves for a variety of reasons. Many addicts eventually seek help because they finally recognize how their substance abuse is damaging their children.
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How Are Eating Disorders and Drug Abuse Connected?

How Are Eating Disorders and Drug Abuse Connected?Eating disorders and substance abuse are common co-occurring disorders among San Jose residents. “Food for Thought: Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders,” a report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), states that 50% of individuals suffering from eating disorders also abuse alcohol or drugs. The report states that 35% of alcohol or drug abusers also have eating disorders compared to 3% of the general population.
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