Why Do People Use Drugs? The Relationship Between Emotions and Addiction, pt. 3: Sadness

Why Do People Use Drugs? The Relationship Between Sadness and Addiction by Thaddeus Camlin, Psy.D. This week sadness is the topic that continues our in-depth exploration of each core emotion.  If you ever wonder, ‘why do people use drugs?’ sadness is

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Why Do People Use Drugs? The Relationship Between Emotions and Addiction, pt. 2: Anger

Why Do People Use Drugs? The Relationship Between Emotions and Addiction, pt. 2: Anger by Thaddeus Camlin, Psy.D. For the first in-depth look at each core emotion we begin with anger.  Few would object that anger is one answer to

Recovery from Addiction: Forgiving Yourself

Learning to forgive yourself in recovery is essential. Learning to forgive yourself is essential as you begin to do more self-healing in your recovery.  We often have a tendency to hold ourselves to such strict standards that we find no

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A Look at Irrational Beliefs

Irrational beliefs are those that are untrue, don’t make sense, or are harmful to us. Here are 4 common beliefs and some suggestions that might help you challenge them.

We Can Get Addicted to Anything

Addictions typically develop to substances or activities that make us feel good. For instance, alcohol can relax us and cocaine can make us feel energized and happy. Substances that influence emotion because of their biochemical effects are called psychoactive. Even substances which are not

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Labels in Addiction and Recovery

For some of us, there comes a time when we wonder if we are drinking too much, or using drugs too much. In our society, the next thought typically is, “Am I an alcoholic or an addict?”  This question naturally

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Gambling: Fun & Games or Dangerous Addiction?

How do you know if your gambling is becoming a problem? Here are 7 signs that might signify a gambling addiction. Learn to recognize the signs and get help.

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Drinking More During Fall and Winter Months

Do you drink more alcohol in the fall and winter months? Determine whether the increased drinking is a problem and what you can do if it is.

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Defend Your Recovery and Mental Health During Seasonal Changes

Shorter days, less sunlight and less time spent outdoors can cause a bit of a negative shift in our mood. Here are 6 tips to help you cope.

Recovery: Separating Using from the Stuff of Life

Long-term recovery incvolves much more than giving up your drug(s) of choice. Here are 6 tips to help you cope with life’s ups and downs without turning to drugs.