destructive effects of addiction

The Cost of Addiction for Pregnant Women

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When you’re pregnant, you’re not just eating for two. You’re drinking, breathing, and living for two. Therefore, it is very important to carefully consider the things that you give your body and eventually your baby. So when you eat junk, your baby eats junk too. When you smoke or drink, your baby receives traces of nicotine and alcohol too. And when you take illegal drugs, your baby gets affected as well.

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Want to Try? Here’s How Drugs Can Affect Your Life

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Media has long glamorized addiction. Shopping, alcoholism, even drug used seem to sparkle and shine when it’s scripted and in front of the camera. But as many who know first-hand the crushing consequences of addiction, all the glamour is gone when faced with the reality of this so-called disease.

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Drugs affects your brain–and your life

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Psychosis and Substance Abuse

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Can drugs drive a person crazy?

If crazy means hallucinations, delusions, self-destructive behavior, and unpredictability, then yes, drugs can make a person insane.

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Winning Back Your Spouse After Rehab

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Addiction can come between couples and break them apart–often in irreparable ways. Addiction can push very far apart people who once loved each other so deeply, to the point that they do not recognize each other anymore: one only sees the drug, while the other only sees the addiction.

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Ecsta-no: The Dangers of Party Drug Ecstasy

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Ecstasy is one of the most common names of the drug called MDMA or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a stimulant. It is a psychoactive drug that are usually taken for the experience that late-night party goers relish as they dance and revel through the night. However fun it may sound, ecstasy, also known these days as ‘Molly’, has its dangers.

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The Economics of Addiction and Decision-Making

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Many addicts, whether in treatment or not, struggle with trying to stay sober or altogether quit their substance abuse. Meanwhile, many also do not know or understand what the whole deal is. This is because people who struggle with addiction have trouble with weighing things, setting goals, and rewarding achievements. This article tackles what goes into how addicts make decisions, and understanding this can make or break their sobriety.

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10 Things That Tell You “Yes, This is Rock Bottom”

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The thing about addiction is, it never ends well. Because eventually, whatever it is that was getting us high, stops feeling good, and starts to hurt. Still, they say you don’t kick the habit until you hit rock bottom. But how do you know when you are there? – Dr. Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

Many recovering addicts, based on their own experiences, would tell you that you’ll only know you have hit rock bottom when you get there. And different people will have their own version of rock bottom as they continue on towards that downward spiral addiction brings them. This is because substance abuse, whether drugs, alcohol, or any other, not only damages the users physical and mental health–it also brings devastating effects towards their relationships, possessions, careers, and self-respect.

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Suicide: The Hidden Risk of Addiction

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Although the Philippines has a comparatively lower suicide rate than its neighboring countries, the increase in the number of Filipinos committing suicide over the last decades is something that cannot be ignored. From 1984 to 2005, the suicide rate in our country has increased from 0.46 to 7 out of every 200,000 men, and from 0.24 to two for every 200,000 women. Majority of these cases involve young people aged 24 years old and below.

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Warning Signs to Look Out for in Your Troubled Teen

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When your child reaches puberty, things become a little more difficult. Parenting your teen can be challenging enough. But when your troubled teen becomes depressed, violent,reckless, or introduced to alcohol or other substances and may even tend to abuse it–then you know you have trouble in your hands.

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The Low Down On Internet Addiction

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The interet can be very useful in many aspects of our daily life. Some can use theinternet to chat with friends and loved ones, journal their life and thoughts on blogs, and update their life through social media. However, many can spend too much time on the internet. And too much can be too bad.

In fact, psychologists have coined internet addiction as a real condition. Read on to find out.

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