Addictions

Post-Acute Withdrawal

There are two stages of withdrawal that a person addicted to drugs and/or alcohol experience. Most people are aware of the initial stage: acute withdrawal. Moderate symptoms of acute withdrawal may include sweating, heart palpitations, muscle tension, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, tremors, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. More extreme, and sometimes life-threatening, withdrawal symptoms…

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Why Spirituality Matters in Recovery from Addiction

Historically, addiction was viewed as a personal failing, a moral flaw. Even now when most health professionals understand addiction as a disease, there is still a stigma surrounding addiction. People do not understand the behavior of someone struggling with addiction, so they assume – and may even say out loud – that something is wrong…

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Gaming Disorder: All Fun and Games?

Video games have come a long way in the last 50 years – from the very basic graphics and gameplay of “Pong” in the early 1970s to the ultra-realistic and life-like depictions that we see in today’s titles, ranging from athletic competitions to war-like simulations. The Brain’s Response It is easy to see the appeal…

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