Denial and lying are integral components of the complex disease of addiction. Denial is a complex defense mechanism that helps protect addiction. Lying allows for the rationalization and denial to create a realm where only the addict exists. For myself, lying began long before drug use, in my childhood. I lied as a child primarily … Continue reading Denial And Lying In Addiction And Recovery
What causes addiction? Special Authored Article by Rose Locking What “cures” it? There are so many theories, and yes, some are evidence backed. But ultimately, we don’t really know as much as we should. From the causes to the cures, let’s look at some common theories on addiction treatment, and explore some popular beliefs that have … Continue reading Theories of Addiction
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
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
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.