How To Cope With Cravings

help resisting cravingsFrom going on a diet, trying to quit smoking or being in rehab for drugs or alcohol, we have all faced cravings of some sort in our lifetime. Anything can trigger them and the problem with addictions is that they want to return and cravings are therefore one of the hardest things to deal with.

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US Sees Drop In Drug Use

addiction in teensNew in formation from the latest monitoring the future survey shows a drop in the number of US teens abusing alcohol, drugs and even cigarets. 

The teens in the study drank less, smoked less and used fewer prescription and synthetic drugs. Even cannabis use has stabilized despite the fact that there are a growing number of American states where it is legal. 

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Benzo Fury May be Addictive to Humans

Legal HighsOne of the newer legal highs found on the market within the UK, “Benzo fury” has been found to be potentially dangerous. This particular substance is a stimulant that also possesses hallucinogenic properties.

Dr Jolanta Poacka-Juffry, working in tandem with Dr Collin Davidson recently reported that the legal high benzo fury may be dangerous to humans, largely due to one of its main ingredients. The combination of hallicunogenic and stimulating properties on the brain is a potent mix that may put users at severe risk.

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Tailor Made Replacements May Help Cannabis Withdrawal

Cannabis WithdrawalNew synthetic drugs are currently undergoing research and testing that may help cannabis users wean themselves off the substance. With street cannabis growing increasingly strong for decades, these synthetic substances may aid heavy users in restoring much needed control to their lives.

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Warning for Cambridge Heroin Users

Heroin NeedlesA huge spike in heroin overdoses in Cambridge heroin has prompted health professionals to issue a warning for all users.

At least three overdoses in the last 12 hours were reported by police and ambulance crews. The three cases have also prompted a police investigation. Chief Inspector Chris Balmer said, “We are aware that three people have been taken ill after taking drugs in Cambridge. We would urge anyone who has any information about the supply of drugs in the city to call police. We would always advise against taking any drug, however if anyone is intending to take drugs we would urge them to ensure that there is someone nearby who can look after them should they fall ill.”

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Smoking Alcohol is becoming a New and Dangerous Trend

Smoking AlcoholThere have been plenty of drinking trends over the year including beer bongs, eye shots and shotgunning drinks but a new trend called smoking alcohol has many doctors worried.

So what is smoking alcohol? When someone smokes alcohol, they take a plastic bottle, a cork, a bicycle pump and some alcohol. The alcohol is poured into the plastic bottle, the cork is inserted into the top of the plastic bottle and then the needle of the pump is pushed through the cork. Once this is done, someone need only pump up the pressure in the plastic bottle, then quickly pull the plug out of the top.

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Alcohol Abuse Strongly Linked to Lung Damage

Alcohol and Lung DamageNew research shows strong indications of alcohol abuse being tied to lung damage. The Louisiana based study has shown that, among other things, heavy drinking can damage the bodies’ ability to repair the lungs and protect them against damage from inhaled particles.

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Difficult Twenties for Depressed Teenagers

Depressed TeenagerA newly published study from the United States has shown strong connections between depression in adolescents and later difficulties in the sufferers twenties. The study shows that damaging actions and habits such as alcoholism are more likely in such individuals. "Our research shows that depressed adolescents are more likely to suffer from numerous problems over the first ten years of adulthood. These include ongoing difficulties with mental illness, alcohol abuse, poor physical health, and inadequate social support networks” said author Ian Coleman from the University of Ottawa.

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Wolverhampton Launches Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Program

Substance AbuseThe problem of alcoholism and addiction to illegal substances has recently been given serious attention within Wolverhampton, with the launching of a new contract spanning three years initially, working with the charity Nacro.  Nacro is a charity heavily experienced in dealing with crime related to substance abuse, and hopes to be part of the push within the Borough to decrease the number of cases linked to substance abuse and addiction.

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Heroin Users are Branching out into New Drugs

Heroin ProblemsRecently released research from the charity, Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI), shows 75% of heroin addicts in Dublin are also dependent on other drugs.

During a study at an MQI needle exchange, researchers found that half of heroin addicts shot up at least 6 times per week and two thirds of addicts were also using drugs like methadone, benzodiazepine tranquilisers, cannabis, alcohol, steroids and cocaine.

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Drew Barrymore: No option for her daughter to take the same path as she did, because she will be a supportive parent.

Drew Barrymore AddictionHollywood actress Drew Barrymore is known for her willingness to discuss her former drug addiction and now the ET star has vowed to take a similarly honest approach with her daughter, Olive.

In an emotional interview with US chat show heavyweight Oprah Winfrey, the new mother pledged to tell her four-month-old about the struggles she went through, including her well-documented substance abuse during her teens.

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Smoking Cannabis Makes You Lazy?

Cannabis and Energy Individuals who smoke cannabis on a regular basis may find they experience lower energy levels compared to those who do not, researchers from the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction have suggested.

Acknowledging that only nine per cent of people who use marijuana become dependent on the substance, scientists did note that the drug can still cause several problems for those people who smoke it fairly often.

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Online porn is damaging to relationships

b2ap3_thumbnail_guyAtComputer2.jpgIndividuals who watch porn on a regular basis may be putting their relationship with their other halves under unnecessary strain, the findings from a recent survey of sex experts have suggested.

According to a study conducted by Cosmopolitan magazine, some couples are experiencing problems with their romance as a result of a growing desire among young men to watch adult films on the internet.

Some 86 per cent of therapists questioned by the publication said they believe porn is having a negative effect on relationships, due to the fact it is now so easily accessible.

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Former Drug Addict Speaks about Past

b2ap3_thumbnail_drug-abuse.jpgFor individuals who have been affected by drug abuse, it may feel as if their is no escape from their demons as they become isolated from the goings on in the outside world and have no one to talk to about their issues.

Although the outcome of an addiction can end happily - with the person putting their life back together and not using drugs - or sadly, the individual succumbing to their dependency and passing away or having severe health issues, the reasons why people turn to drugs are often extremely different.

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The Complex World of Sex Addiction

b2ap3_thumbnail_sex-addiction2.jpgSex addiction is an issue that - though widely regarded as a common problem - is rarely talked about by those who are living with the condition and particularly their loved ones.

Although medical professionals have long since established the disorder is one that is very real and can affect anyone, the majority of people continue to believe is simply an excuse for being unfaithful in a relationship or watching internet pornography.

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Can the Twelve Steps Solve More Than Addiction?

By Jamie Moon

The true indication that we have real sobriety, of the kind defined later as "a peaceful, calm, contented, serene and well-balanced life," is reflected in how we live our lives outside "the rooms." If we are demonstrating anger in or out of meetings we have not truly acquired the promises. The ability to practice The Program in meetings and with those in the fellowship is easier than in our other relationships like in our family and work lives. The Buddhists call this cloistered virtue. It does not create a "bridge to normal living."

The "bridge" is The Program. Our experience shows that, even when sober, without a strong, powerful Program we become as crazy as we ever were, if we don't relapse or take a sojourn into other addictions. The Twelve Steps have been used to deal with other personal demons, obsessions and addictions. Members have found that once one addiction was "handled" with the Steps, another would often rears its ugly head. With all the other Twelve Step fellowships now, it is truly a wonderful thing. We no longer have to feel sorry for those we see suffering outside our specific program, thinking to ourselves, "You poor guy. I feel so sorry for you. You're not an alcoholic. You can never know the pure joy of recovering within the Fellowship." Today, there seems to be a "nut for every bolt," or maybe a program for every nut? We must acquire honesty, humility, and service and all of the Principles we find in the Steps. We need also eliminate self-centeredness to keep our peace and sobriety. For those who are willing to accept the Twelve Step Program as a means of recovery from any addiction, I recommend a close study of any of the myriads of material written on the experience of the Twelve Steps. Don't just read them, study them repeatedly. These books were written by addicts for addicts and are based upon the trials and experiences of our members of many fellowships. Yes. I dare to suggest that we look at the experience of those in many different Twelve Step Programs. Each edition of the Big Book includes updated experiences of current members with contemporary problems. Just maybe we can learn something from a broad range of experience. The original text of any Twelve Step Program, the Big Book, suggests that, we know only a little. An open-mind is the only way to greater understanding and growth.

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Pre-drinking poses alcohol addiction risk

b2ap3_thumbnail_drinking_alcohol_1366916c.jpgMany people start off their nights out by drinking alcohol at home before leaving the house, but are unaware of how this jeopardises their health.

That is according to a new study from Addiction Switzerland, which estimated that up to three-quarters of young people at university-age indulge in this type of behaviour on a regular basis.

Usually, it is alcohol addiction that is seen as the biggest threat to people's health, but this research suggests that pre-drinking can not only increase the risk of becoming addicted, it can also make partiers more likely to over-indulge, have unprotected sex or take drugs.

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Young Drug Users Ignore Addiction Risks

Young people in the UK are ignoring the threat of addiction and other health risks as they try illicit drugs. A new study has found that more than nine out of ten students who have tried drugs believe they are not addicted at all and that there is no danger of them becoming addicted. This is despite more than one third of students who have tried drugs having a negative experience.

In total, only 5% of students in the study believed that they might become addicted in the future. Aside from addictions, UK students are also ignoring the long term health risks that are associated with drug use. 39% of those in the study claimed to have had a bad trip, 28% said they had experienced paranoia while on drugs and 26% said their drug use had lowered their motivation. Other respondents reported anxiety and depression as a side effect of their drug use. Many commonly used drugs can have substantial negative side effects if they are used habitually. Cannabis has been linked to memory problems, teen brain development problems, lung cancer, schizophrenia and communication errors in the brain. Heroin can lead to hepatitis, Aids and a host of other health problems and prescription drug abuse has been linked to a variety of health concerns. These health problems become more likely the longer a person uses drugs but there can be problems the first time a person tries drugs. Chris Hudson, a spokesperson for drugs charity FRANK said, you don't have to be using drugs regularly for your health to be affected. Just using ecstasy once can raise the body's temperature, cause convulsions and heart problems. It's better not to take the risk." More importantly, when teens use drugs, they are risking more than their older colleagues. Young people’s brains are still forming in their teen years and drugs can interfere with this process. This makes young people’s cavalier attitude to drugs especially worrying as they have the most to lose.

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So We Move on to Acceptance, By Jamie Moon

12 step addiction recoveryJamie Moon discusses acceptance as part of the 12 steps program.Again with the Principle of Acceptance there are several questions that come to mind. What exactly do we have to accept? How do we use Acceptance in our daily lives? How and why is Acceptance a spiritual Principle? As asked earlier, how do we use this Principle to combat our many addictions? Beginning with the first question; initially we must accept our powerlessness over our addiction(s), whether they be drugs, alcohol or anything else. We also must accept our defeat; our inability to conquer our addiction(s) or the underlying causes of our addiction(s) on our own.

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Praying Only for Knowledge of God’s Will for Us and the Power to Carry that Out… By Jamie Moon

12 steps Jamie MoonJamie Moon talks about the role of prayer in recovery.In the last article we discussed what was seen in our inventory process. We found that it was our thoughts that created our life experience. That being so we need to find a way to control our thoughts. That we found was one of the major purposes of prayer and meditation. In prayer we make conscious choice as to what we think about. In meditation we wrest control of where we put our attention. Now we said in our previous article that either we take control of our mind or our mind takes control of us.

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