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It is widely believed that peer pressure amongst friends is only experienced during adolescence. However, it is very much present amongst adults.
Those who were susceptible to peer pressure during and towards the end of their teenage years are more likely to fall victim to the very subtle pressure from their peers in adulthood.
It is important to know that there is negative peer pressure as well as positive peer pressure.
If you have not already heard of the drug called “Spice” you can count yourself lucky as it may very easily go down in history as one of the most terrifying drugs ever made.
This laboratory manufactured chemical was accidentally discovered while looking for a different method to produce anti-inflammatory medication.
The approach used was to synthesize the compounds found in the Cannabis Plant called Cannabinoids which were designed to attach to many receptors in the body; mainly those found in different parts of the brain.
Money management doesn’t come easy for all of us – especially people with an addiction or substance abuse problem.
For those in addiction recovery, the primary outsource of their income was most likely their substance of choice.
However now in recovery, it’s important to be more financially responsible to ensure the effects of your treatment remain as the building blocks for a long and healthy addiction recovery.
It’s the 1st of December, and a lot of us are relieved that in just a few days, we’ll be on holiday. Soon we’ll be relaxing in the sun, celebrating the fact that we made it through 2016 in one piece.
Unfortunately, the holiday season is a time that often sees drug addiction and alcoholism flaring up.
People with substance abuse problems, may end up drinking or using drugs more often to cope with the pressures and stress of this time of the year.
Addiction and emotional immaturity are closely linked, with many addicts turning to using or drinking in order to escape their realities. The lack of emotional maturity is usually explained in terms of an attachment trauma or “relational” stress during childhood.
When there is a lack of appropriate direction and support from parents during childhood, a person cannot internalise suitable emotional controls, meaning they do not learn to control their internal emotional responses.
During addiction recovery, addicts begin to develop emotional skills they never had before.
During the first year of your addiction recovery, there may come times when you feel you aren’t achieving the goals you had planned for yourself.
The first year can be challenging and it may feel as if you want to give up. However, during these times it is important to remember how far you have come and just how much better your life is free from substance abuse.
Step Away Rehabilitation Centre has developed a list of a few goals that we feel you can use as reminders and to help you stay on track of your recovery in the days and months to come.
Functioning alcoholics are often not seen by their peers and loved ones as being alcoholics, because as their name suggests, they are functioning.
Unlike a dysfunctional alcoholic, functioning alcoholics generally appear to have their lives together. They are able to perform at their job, pay for expenses and maintain their overall day to day tasks.
In fact, because they are able to maintain their lives so well, people including themselves, will often overlook their drinking completely.
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