Is Internet and Video Gaming Addiction real?

What does the word addiction mean? According to Merriam-Webster, it is the “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” Many people view addiction being associated with substances like food, drugs, or alcohol, but we know that is…

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The Most Common Myths about Addiction

By: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC Frequently, individuals that struggle with substance use disorders battle societal stigma and array of misconceptions about addiction in general, often causing a barrier for seeking treatment. There is progress being made to reduce societal judgment and clarify the myths surrounding substance use disorders. Unfortunately, this progress is happening slowly while…

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How do we recognize the issue and treat alcohol abuse?

Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time set aside to increase awareness, understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage a focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcoholism is not defined by what or when you drink, or how much you drink, but by what happens…

Raising Awareness of Addiction

Resisting the Stigma and Raising Awareness of Addiction: A Discussion with Heather Hayes

As Heather Hayes was gathering information for her speech, A Nation Held Hostage, she created an acronym for a call-to-action in helping fight the mental illness of addiction. RESIST is built around teaching others about respecting those who are fighting the addiction battle and their families, and empowering them to overcome the fear of seeking…

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Intervention and the Trauma of Addiction: A Discussion with Heather Hayes

Lifeskills South Florida continues our discussion with Heather Hayes as she talks about intervention and trauma and the role they play in addiction. Heather discusses the complexity of interventions as they deal with impaired brain chemistry, family dynamics and the approach that must be taken to support someone with addiction. She also discusses how traumatic…