Author Archives: Wade Coggeshall

Family counselor talks interventions at Fairbanks

One thing Bruce Perkins has learned, over many years and thousands of interventions, is that it’s a myth that you can’t help someone with a substance use disorder (SUD) into recovery unless they want it. In recovery himself, the Muncie-based family counselor and interventionist decided to study therapy after getting sober. Since then, he’s or...

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What are the symptoms of addiction?

Addiction is a disease with a range of harmful conditions and behaviors. Recognizing these signs can help a person with addiction receive the treatment they need. Doctors currently diagnose addictions under a category known as “substance-related and addictive disorders.” The main symptom of an addiction is a problematic pattern of use...

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What is addiction?

Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm. The term addiction does not only refer to dependence on substances such as heroin or cocaine. A person who cannot stop taking a particular drug or chemical has a substance depen...

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Top eight most dangerous drugs

There are two primary factors which allow us to better understand what makes a drug so dangerous: 1. How much harm it causes to the body and mind. 2. Its risk of addiction. We can further separate harms to the body and mind into short-term and long-term effects. Short-term effects of drug use are the immediate consequences that work against your ...

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The genetics of alcoholism

Alcohol is the #1 drug in the world. It’s consumed everywhere, from places of work to places of worship. But what can be causing alcoholism? And do your genes have something to do with it? Maybe. Genes are passed on by our parents, and some of those genes contain predisposition towards alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcoholism. But just how much ...

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