Is Vaping Addictive?

I started smoking cigarettes when I was in high school. It was my first private addiction. I was at summer camp in Boston and a friend of mine smoked Marlboro Reds. We went across the street to the gas station, and she bought a pack. She offered me one, and I took it. I took it because I wanted to …

The Dangers of Cell Phone Addiction

What do all addictions have in common? What behaviors qualify as addictive? When does recreational habit cross that invisible line into addiction which there is no return? How Tech Addiction Relates to Alcoholism Alcoholism is an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior. The “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous written by Bill Wilson …

How do I know if my child is on drugs?

I knew my daughter was on drugs because her personality changed. I don’t know if this personality change is normal for all addicts and alcoholics, but it took place with my daughter. There’s a story called The Snow Queen, and in The Snow Queen, this little boy gets a chip of evil glass caught in his eye and the chip …

Debunking the “Clean in 30 Days” Myth

Substance use treatment has grown and changed significantly from its roots in the peer-treatment/self help models and sober homes of the mid-to-late twentieth century. In the earliest days of the field, addiction treatment was seen as something that would require years of both hard work and isolation from one’s “past life” as an addict. Recovery came with an expectation of …

Why Getting Sober is Difficult

Being an addict isn’t easy. We bend over backward to acquire that next drink or drug, reorganize our lives to suit our addiction better, and slowly deteriorate all while living in our temporary solution; using drugs or alcohol. Sometimes it takes hitting bottom multiple times to realize that we have a problem, and our solution can no longer be drinking …

30-Day Addiction Treatment Is Not Enough

We need to begin the discussion about 30-day addiction treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and why thirty days isn’t enough time for long-term effective and lasting sobriety. There is a saying, “We don’t get sick overnight, and we don’t get better overnight either.” Personal Experience with 30-Day Treatment I admitted myself into a thirty-day treatment center In California. I …

Video Game Addiction is Here

Video Game Addiction & Mental Illness According to the World Health Organization, video game addiction is now considered to be a legitimate form of mental illness. The organization has explained that, while games can be fun, the addictive behavior that can lie behind them is real, especially for young adults. The feeling of not being able to stop, playing for …

A Story of Relapse: Episode II

I was first introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous when I was 18. Addiction runs in my family, and my parents warned me at an early age that I might have “the gene.” This warning had little effect on me since: A. I didn’t know what it meant and B. I didn’t care. I thought I was invincible and that drug addiction …

A Story of Relapse: Episode I

The definition of relapse is, “suffering deterioration after a period of temporary improvement.” This temporary improvement is something that I’ve learned to call sobriety, and it requires consistent effort on my part to maintain. August 1st of last year is my original sobriety date and marks my first attempt at getting sober. It was a rollercoaster. First came residential treatment …

Case Management for Teens

When you are suffering from substance abuse, or are close to someone who is, chaos becomes the new normal.  At the core of addiction is arriving at a point in your life where some, if not all, of it is unmanageable.  The longer addiction goes on, the more chaotic the situation gets.  Not only does someone suffering from addiction begin …