Research has shown the ability of men who abuse alcohol to experience empathy, or to react to nuanced emotive facial expressions, is severely hindered. Furthermore, a recent study has shown that the reaction to ironic humor is impaired and misconstrued in the mind of the alcoholic male.
Studies show that when men consume alcohol, the brain responds more dramatically than it does in woman in how much dopamine it releases. Depending upon how reactive one is to dopamine, this can trigger abusive behavior with alcohol.
A strong level of intimacy between two partners is based on factors besides love, though love is certainly a cornerstone. Unconditional trust and a mutual understanding are imperative as foundations of a healthy, intimate relationship. However, when the scourge of addiction enters into the equation, a true intimate relationship can be undermined and severely harmed. Coupled with a tendency for many men to shy away from intimacy, an intimate relationship with a male addict can be extremely difficult.
Given the alarming reemergence of Heroin use in the U.S., we wanted to share this recent USA TODAY article about a terrifying and lethal heroin-like drug called desomophine or "krokodil" which is starting to rare its ugly head in the U.S. Two cases in Arizona are the first involving this heroin-like IV drug that originated in Russia. This substance should be avoided at All costs.
Vicodin dependency can severely derail an otherwise normal and healthy life. A brand name prescription drug that combines hydrocodone with acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol), Vicodin is highly addictive, and has effects on the human brain that are similar to heroin. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), abuse of prescription drugs such as Vicodin led to roughly 11,000 unintentional deaths in 2008, as opposed to around 2,000 unintentional deaths as a result of heroin overdoses. The relative accessibility of Vicodin, combined with its intensely addictive properties, make it incredibly dangerous should addiction develop.
Addiction treatment programs in Northern California afford an adult male client seeking rehabilitation a relaxing and calming place to pursue treatment to free himself from the grasp of addiction. Perhaps a client finds security in the ample, well-tended green space on the grounds of a facility. Or maybe true tranquility comes from watching the orange-and-pink hue of the sun rising over the Pacific coast at dawn, illuminating beaches and bluffs alike. Whatever the client’s personal preferences, the uniquely peaceful beauty of nature found in Northern California can only positively reinforce the progressive treatments that will lead to a peaceful, beautiful and sober mind.
Some addicts and alcoholics must take prescribed medication for serious medical problems. However, it is generally accepted that the mis-use of prescription medication and other drugs can threaten the achievement and maintenance of sobriety. It may be possible to minimize the threat of relapse if the following suggestions are heeded....
Methamphetamine use has unique physical and mental effects on addicts, and people who are quitting meth experience a different type of withdrawal than opiate or alcohol users. Whether you're an addict who wants to quit using meth, or you have a loved one who is struggling with a meth addiction, here is some information to help you better understand what a person who is quitting meth may go through.