I have a bit of experience with gambling addiction. When I was just a few days old, I was given up for adoption. In my 20's I met my birth mother. She told me that my grandfather was a gambling addict. Now, I am not referring to the classic "he lost all the family money". I am … Continue reading How do you gamble … minus the addiction?
I never heard much about bipolar disorder until I started spending time with alcoholics. No wonder since bipolar disorder and alcoholism are often linked together. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to half the people who have bipolar disorder also struggle with alcoholism. What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness. It … Continue reading What is Bipolar Disorder?
Drug Addiction and Recovery Apps are very popular right now. There are so many to choose from -- it's easy to get overwhelmed. I rounded up a small list - the focus in on the recovery of alcoholism, addiction, eating disorders, mental illness and gambling. The Alcohol Use Predictor This app is designed to be a screening … Continue reading Addiction – there is an app for that.
Do you like to watch movies? I do. I especially like films that I can relate to; subjects like: drugs, alcohol, mental illness and Trauma. Considering how many millions of American's suffer with substance abuse and mental illness, it’s not surprising that so many movies have been made about these topics. Leaving Las Vegas Depression, Alcoholism and … Continue reading Films about mental illness and addiction
Social anxiety is the fear of situations that involve interacting with other people. It is also worrying about being negatively judged and evaluated by others. This disorder is chronic and causes problems in almost all areas of a person's life. Since alcohol can reduce stress, it is a quick and easy solution ....
t may be difficult to pinpoint anxiety disorders if there are co-existing mental health disorders, physical illnesses, or substance abuse problems. Signs that someone may have a serious anxiety disorder include: fear of leaving the house, social withdrawal extreme, unwarranted fear of particular situations or things compulsive or repetitive behaviors changes in personality trouble on the job or in school family or relationship problems alcohol or drug abuse depression or suicidal thoughts frequent emotional and physical health issues
I am retraining my brain because I consistently think of people suffering from PTSD, as war veterans. It's true that 20% of soldiers who have been deployed in the past 6 years have PTSD, but it can occur after any traumatic experience. Examples are situations involving natural disasters, serious accidents, life-threatening illnesses, physical abuse, and sexual … Continue reading Anxiety Disorder (PTSD) can pretend to be Addiction or Alcoholism
Millions of people with drug and alcohol abuse problems are now eligible for treatment through the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance plans are required to cover substance abuse treatment as one of 10 “essential health benefits” specified in the law. Drug and alcohol abuse should now be approached as a disease with the same protocols of screening, detection and preventative care as heart disease or diabetes.
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
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