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Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral addictions occur when someone becomes addicted to a rewarding behavior that does not involve an addictive substance per se, such as gambling, sex, shopping or eating.  Sometimes referred to as compulsive behaviors, behavioral addictions involve compulsion to perform an action despite negative consequences.  In this way people can suffer from dependence on certain actions, …

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Psychopath, Sociopath or Something Else?

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Do you have an exalted sense of self?  Are you a compulsive liar?  Would you do just about anything to get you want?  If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, you might want to consult a professional who can determine if you are a sociopath or a psychopath. Both sociopaths and psychopaths share …

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Mood Disorders & Addiction

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A common element seen in many addicts/alcoholics is the existence of a mood disorder.  A mood disorder may be primary or secondary, as a main factor in substance abuse or as the result of the chemical dependency and resultant withdraw syndromes.  Correct diagnosis, identifying any underlying problems; education, in regards to how the mood disorder …

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Addiction & Mood Disorders

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There is a strong correlation between addicts, alcoholics and mood disorders.  This is usually referred to as Axis I & II diagnosis.  Some of the more common forms of mood disorders and the terms used to describe them are described here. Clinical or Major Depression, to be distinguished from feeling down or sad, to the …

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What Puts Someone At Risk For Addiction?

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Although the use of alcohol and drugs among young people is widespread, only a relatively small percentage of people who try drugs develops addiction.  In many cases it can be difficult to identify particular markers that may lead to increased substance abuse risk and consequent addiction in adult life.  There are however, many factors we …

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Art Therapy

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  Art therapy, though fairly new as a therapeutic technique, can be traced back many centuries in various cultures, and has found a home in substance abuse recovery. It seeks to tap into one’s creative side and has been found to have a host of advantages. Clients may not find it easy to share their …

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