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Explaining Addiction to a Non-Addict

Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing or a lack of willpower. If you’ve encountered obstacles with explaining what addiction feels like to family and friends, you’re not alone. Remember that your experiences with addiction are valid. To help explain addiction to a non-addict, use this guide and helpful tips to start the conversation.…

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Dangers of Doing a Detox Alone

Detoxing from drugs or alcohol at home may seem like an easy option, but choosing to detox alone comes with severe risks. Substances like opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines and other drugs can cause health complications that require constant monitoring from trained medical professionals. Safety should always be your top priority when it comes to detoxing, and…

what is dry drunk syndrome

What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome?

If you have quit drinking alcohol but still struggle with the same behavior patterns as during addiction, you’re not alone. Recovery is a process. HBO’s Addiction Project postulates that addicts only fully recover after four to five years of support after the initial sobriety period. For some addicts, especially those who opt out of follow-up treatment after becoming sober,…

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Substituting One Addiction for Another

The pervasiveness of addiction replacement shows that addiction is a disease, not a bad habit. Addiction replacement, also known as addiction substitution or transfer addiction, refers to an individual in recovery or rehabilitation replacing one addiction with another. This usually occurs when the emotional or psychological need that drove the initial addiction is still present…