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Addiction in the Form of the Internet

Internet Addiction Addiction is a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something. For most people, moderate and self-regulated internet use remains the norm, but with our new generation being born using the web, it’s is important to properly understand this new addiction. The disorder is marked by excessive (non-productive time spend online). Just like … Continue reading Addiction in the Form of the Internet

cross addicts


Why can't a drug addict (who has never had a problem with alcohol) have a drink? First, alcohol reduces your inhibitions and increases the chance that you will make a bad choice. The second reason, is known as cross-addiction.

Binge Eat

Is She Bulimic?

My husband was on the phone, chatting with a friend, several days ago. I could overhear their conversation and they were talking about his twenty-something daughter.  Apparently, she has some serious esophagus problem. I am sitting there, bitting my tongue thinking "are you guys clueless? -- it's obvious she has an eating disorder". He gets off the phone and I butt into what … Continue reading Is She Bulimic?

Love Drug

Addiction – Sex and Love!

Sex and Love Addiction It can sound strange (maybe even fake) but love and sex can be addictive. It can also be as destructive to relationships as substance abuse. Love addicts go through life with desperate hopes and constant fears. The sex addict follows a routine or ritual leading to "acting out" their desires. After the "high" … Continue reading Addiction – Sex and Love!

Fear Free

Phobias – are not Treated by Drugs and Alcohol

A phobia is a fear. Social phobia is a strong fear of being judged by others or being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things. Everyone has felt anxious or afraid at one time or another. For example, meeting new … Continue reading Phobias – are not Treated by Drugs and Alcohol

Chaos Hoarding

Hoarding or Collecting?

Hoarding I love watching shows on addiction and alcoholism, but for some reason I had a hard time watching a Hoarding reality show. The photos can be disturbing, since hoarding often creates horrible living conditions. Homes may be filled to capacity, with only tiny pathways winding through garbage or clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds … Continue reading Hoarding or Collecting?


Self-Harm – Cutting – Self-Injury

When I do a search for the term "self-harm" most of the results I get are from United Kingdom websites. I don' know why.  I also notice that most of the results relate to young-people and self-harm.  That makes sense, since it appears to affect more kids than adults. So what self-injury or self-harm? Self-harm … Continue reading Self-Harm – Cutting – Self-Injury

Eating Issues

“Modern Eating” Disorders

Most people have a general understanding of the two major eating disorders.  Anorexia is self-starvation and Bulimia is purging (vomiting) after you eat.  However, up to 50% of diagnoses of eating disorder, fall into another category, mostly referred to as (ENDOS) Eating disorder not otherwise specified. This means that many eating disorder sufferers are not … Continue reading “Modern Eating” Disorders

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Gambling, Gaming and Teens

Any game of chance or skill that is played for money is gambling. For some people, gambling can be as dangerous and addictive as drugs.

PTSD - not just for veterans

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – it used to be called “shell shock” … but not so much today.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Almost everyone has experienced an intense event in their life. When an event causes a person a lot of stress, it is called a "traumatic event". People have different reactions to traumatic events.  The most common responses are anxiety, fear, grief and depression. After a few months, most people will feel better and … Continue reading Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – it used to be called “shell shock” … but not so much today.