Tag Archives: addiction

Co-occurring Disorders

Early in my career, I was a treatment provider for an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) location; I had a client who was mandated for treatment due to having several driving under the influence (DUI) convictions. In our initial meeting he stated that he was not an alcoholic, he was a ‘social drinker’, I asked…
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If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Such outcomes are typical in the American criminal justice system, even though, as Ms. Eldred’s lawyer has argued, ordering a drug addict to abstain from drug use is tantamount to mandating a…
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The Overachieving Underachiever

The Overachieving Underachiever, written by Janyne McConnaughey, PhD., holds a basis of what many young students struggle with throughout their academic career. This struggle not only encompasses today’s society but also within the familial competition to reach a higher education and gain a larger success story. Throughout McConnaughey’s article, she depicts the struggles she specifically…
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Cursed with the disease of addiction

Many people wonder why they are cursed with the disease of addiction. This question encourages the development of self-criticism due to an overload of feeling shame and guilt for actions derived from substance use. In the article The Hidden Link Between Autism and Addiction by Maia Szalavitz, a man’s story is explored through his struggles…
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The Hidden Link Between Autism and Addiction

A phenomenal article by Maia Szalavitz, a neuroscience journalist. Her work has also appeared on Time. She is the co-author of Why Empathy Is Essential — and Endangered. It’s believed that people on the spectrum don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs. New evidence suggests they do. Shane Stoner’s addiction began in 2008. He lost a factory…
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Sex Addiction

A Journey Through The Cycles of a Sex Addict The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” In other words, a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviors…
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