Addiction: Reasons People Use

Addictive substances and behaviors cause a release of pleasure chemicals that temporarily numb or distract from current feelings of depression, anger, anxiety or physical pain.  It is one way people survive unbearable pain, until they learn what is causing it and...

Do I have An Addiction

Defining the Problem In an addiction, you may have spent so much time trying to figure out how to get the substance, getting the substance and recovering from the substance that you formed a relationship with the substance.  Remember your first love?  How you felt the...

Who Develops Addictions

While we do not yet understand why some people develop addictions and others do not, we have identified several risk factors.    That is, if you have these risk factors, you may be more vulnerable to developing an addiction.  Among them are genetics, an unstable...

What is Addiction

Addiction is the continued use of a person, activity or substance in order to escape from negative feelings, despite experiencing negative consequences as a result of use.  These behaviors develop as a last-ditch effort to survive unbearable misery or physical pain. ...