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15 Jun Why Is Drug Use So Prevalent in Hollywood?

Addiction affects people from all walks of life, and the entertainment industry is definitely no exception. Drug abuse, addiction, and overdose unfortunately seem all-too-common in Hollywood, and it makes you wonder what it is about Hollywood that makes drug use practically the norm. Here is a look at some reasons as to why drug use might be so prevalent in the entertainment industry.
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01 Jun Type I vs. Type II Alcoholism

When seeking to understand and treat alcoholism, it is important to recognize that there is a great deal of variation among alcohol addicts in terms of causes of addiction, physical effects, psychological effects, and more. Yet even with all of this variance, there are some trends and widespread similarities that can be experts can delineate among alcoholics. One such distinction that experts make is between type I and type II alcoholism, also known as Cloninger type I/type II typology. Here is a look at type I and type II alcoholism, according to Cloninger typology.
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22 May Finding Value in Sober Pursuits

A group of girls laugh in their car.During the path to recovery, one challenging obstacle might be finding new ways to spend your time, since a life of substance abuse often consumes this time, and forces you to devote yourself to usage. For many recovering addicts, it can be difficult to accomplish the fulfillment that should be enjoyed in sober pursuits and activities, at least at first. The pleasure that drugs and substance abuse are able to elicit in your nervous system can be something that is hard to replace, especially since your brain has been programmed to desire that particular thing, but it is absolutely imperative that you do so. Here is some information on how to find value in sober pursuits...
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15 May Making Peace to Empower Recovery

A woman stands by a tree and watches the sunriseAddiction is a battle that can tear up the soul of a person, as it creates a torrent of internal struggle that breeds further conflict in life. This is no way to live. Luckily, although addiction can be a difficult monster to face, it doesn’t mean that it has to control our lives. The road to recovery is one with many obstacles, each of which will require a tremendous amount of personal growth. However, the most important of these steps is the process through which we are able to find peace within ourselves. This is the foundation through which all other growth can be accomplished, but it is one that is difficult to lay. Here is some advice on how to make peace to empower your recovery...
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08 May Sugar Addiction Works like Drug Abuse

A head of sugar cubes.Although many people would consider themselves above any sort of substance abuse, there is one particular thing that we all consume which has the power to be incredibly damaging to our bodies, if it is done in excess. This substance, of course, is sugar, and it can actually be classified as an addictive substance. Although it may seem strange for us to be discussing sugar on our blog, a recent study has shown that the way our bodies react to excessive amounts of sugar is shockingly similar to the way that they respond to many illicit substances. Here is some information on how sugar addiction works in eerily similar ways as drug addiction...
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01 May Drug Trafficking and the Panama Papers

Made in Panama stamp.Addiction is a huge epidemic in America, right now, just as it is in many places around the world. The rates of incredibly dangerous and highly illicit substance abuse continues to climb, and is affecting the lives of every demographic, regardless of class, race, age, or gender. However, this problem doesn’t just come from nowhere. The global drug trafficking industry is enormous, raking in an annual revenue of $400 billion, which is higher than the nominal GDP of all but the top 26 richest countries in the world. To put this in perspective, you could end world hunger twice over with the profits that are made in the illegal drug industry. So, why is this industry allowed to persists, and how does it remain thriving in heavily industrialized countries that should be able to eliminate this issue, financially? One huge recent story gives us a glimpse into how this industry is financed...
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22 Apr How Spirituality Builds a Foundation for Recovery

When it comes to facing the battle of addiction, few programs have had the same level of success that the 12-step program has been able to experience. A large part of this is because a huge portion of the 12-step program centers around the concept of spirituality, which is a crucial element of building towards a solid recovery. It is important to note that there is a distinction between religion and spirituality, as a religion represents a very specific set of guidelines and beliefs. Spirituality, however, is regarded as a more personal way of alleviating the self-centeredness of our lives. It is a way to accept that we are in the hands of a higher power (even if a person doesn’t believe in God; atheists must accept spirituality, as well). Here is some information about how spirituality builds a foundation for recovery...
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15 Apr The Shocking Number of Teenage Alcoholics

Sadly, a huge part of the teenage experience in this country is wrapped up in a party culture that glorifies substances like alcohol. There is a clear link between the age that people start to experiment with alcohol, and those who have continuous problems with alcoholism throughout their lives. The younger a person begins to start drinking, the more likely it is that they will struggle with this addiction, later on. This means that it is incredibly important to try to discourage underage drinking now, rather than try to face the addictions that will happen later on. There is a lot of work that needs to be done in this arena, though, as the numbers of teenagers who drink are still shockingly high. Here’s some information about the number of teenagers who are using alcohol...
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