In a previous blog I asked if someone could be addicted to being at a bar. I presented the example where Bert, a teenager was at a bar named Water Bar in my birth Caribbean village of Trafalgar, Dominica. Bert accused one of the adult men who was waiting outside the bar with him before... Continue Reading →
Addicted to Water Bar?
Can someone be addicted to going to a bar? Seriously, I am talking about a person who does not drink alcohol, do any drugs, or engage in any gambling or other elicit activity. Is it possible that someone’s socialization, in and of itself, can be an addiction? Or, does an addiction require some sort of... Continue Reading →
What do you think about Harm Reduction approaches to Substance use?
I know many people who believe that they are addicts, and are well aware of the damage that their alcohol and/or drug use is causing to themselves and those around them. However, for one reason or the other, they are either uninterested or unmotivated to completely abstain from drinking or using. For such people, approaches... Continue Reading →
Nearly 15 million people in America struggle with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). AUD is defined as mild to severe alcohol dependency issue, that can cause adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. The risk for AUD is increased by periods of binge drinking or heavy alcohol use, as it commonly causes neurological changes in the brain.... Continue Reading →
Addiction is a chronic disorder with biological, psychological, emotional, social, environmental, and other factors influencing its development and maintenance. An individual who struggles with addiction uses a substance or engages in prolific behavior that satisfies them enough to repeat the behavior despite monumental and detrimental consequences. Addiction may involve the use of substances such as... Continue Reading →
What is an addiction?
What is an addiction? According to the American Psychiatric Association, Addiction is a brain disease that is expressed by compulsive substance use. An individual suffering from an addiction has an urge on using a certain substance(s), such as drugs or alcohol. There are many reasons why people begin to abuse a substance(s), including: feeling pleasure,... Continue Reading →
¿Qué es una adicción?
Según la Asociación Estadounidense de Psiquiatría, la adicción es una enfermedad cerebral que se expresa mediante el uso compulsivo de sustancias. Una persona que sufre de una adicción siente la necesidad de consumir ciertas sustancias, como drogas o alcohol. Hay muchas razones por las que las personas comienzan a abusar de una (s) sustancia (s),... Continue Reading →
Dry Drunk Syndrome: What is it?
I want to start this post with transparency, I do not have my own lived experience of alcohol or substance use. I have however taken the time to research and learn about substance use in order to write and speak about it with others. I have worked with people who are actively using, people in... Continue Reading →