Everything Health Guide to Addiction and Recovery Control Your Behavior and Build a Better Life

ISBN-10: 1598698060

ISBN-13: 9781598698060

Edition: 2008

Authors: Linda L. Simmons

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Publication date: 11/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Introduction
The Nature of Addiction
Abuse Versus Dependence
How Addiction Works in the Brain
Effects on Other Biological Systems
Emotional Effects of Addiction
Psychological Effects of Addiction
Identifying Addiction
Risk Factors
Symptoms
When the Line Has Been Crossed
Self-Evaluation
Recognizing Addictive Behaviors
Denial
What Causes Addiction?
The Question of Willpower
Genetic Factors
Biological Factors
Environmental Factors
Family Relations and Learned Behavior
Psychological Factors
An Addictive Personality
Cultural Lures and Addiction
Advertising Is Everywhere
Why Advertising Is So Effective
The Curiosity Factor
Peer Pressure and Social Expectations
Influence by Celebrities
Ethnic and Cultural Differences
Dealing with External Pressures
Seeking Help
Alcohol Addiction
What Is Alcoholism?
The "Social Drinker"
The Effects of Alcohol on Moods
How Alcohol Affects Women Versus Men
Reading the Signs and Symptoms
Talking to a Loved One about His or Her Problem
The Road to Recovery
Choosing to Take the Twelve Steps
The Myth of the "Dry Drunk"
Substance Addiction
Introduction to Drugs
Common Substances of Abuse
How the Body Reacts
Knowing the Signs and Symptoms
The Criminal Element
Talking to a Loved One about His or Her Problem
Overcoming Substance Addiction
Rehab and Recovery
Nicotine Addiction
Got a Light?
The Physiological Effects of Nicotine
The Psychological Component
The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
The Most Difficult Addiction to Break?
Talking to a Loved One about His or Her Problem
Treatment Options
Prescription Drug Addiction
But the Doctor Prescribed It!
When the Risks Outweigh the Benefits
Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
Drastic Measures to Get Drugs
Talking to a Loved One about His or Her Problem
Getting Help
Food Addiction
When Food Becomes More than Nutrition
Signs of Food Addiction
Behavioral Contributions to Food Addiction
Societal Pressure
Are All Foods Addictive?
The Lure of the Drive-Through Window
Talking to a Loved One about His or Her Problem
Treatment Options
Behavioral Addictions
When Does a Hobby Become an Addiction?
Impulsive Behavior Versus Addiction
Shopping/Spending Addiction
Exercise Addiction
Other Behavioral Addictions
Effects on Family Members
Talking to a Loved One about His or Her Problem
Seeking Help
Gambling Addiction
It's Just Entertainment!
Watch for the Signs
Gambling Is Good for the Economy, Right?
Internet Gambling
The Effects on Families Are Not Fun
Confronting the Game
Treatment Options
Relational Addictions
Love Addiction
Serial Dating
Sex Addiction
Relationships from a Distance: Cybersex
Chat Room Addiction
The Danger of Relational Addictions
Talking to a Loved One about His or Her Problem
Seeking Help
Pornography Addiction
Don't All Men Like to Look?
Entertainment or Addiction?
The Effects of Pornography on Relationships
Legal Implications
Treatment for the Addict
Support for Partners of Pornography Addicts
Technology and Addiction
The New Complication in Addictions
Video Game Addiction
Addiction to Cell Phones and Other Technological Devices
Internet Addiction
The Lure of Anonymity
Talking to a Loved One about His or Her Problem
Seeking Help
Roadblocks to Treatment
Dealing with Denial
Budgeting for Treatment
Finding the Right Treatment for You
Locating Qualified Professionals
What if Treatment Threatens My Job?
Talking to Friends and Family about Treatment
Getting Support
Additional Treatment Options
Detoxification
Medications Used in Addiction and Recovery
Alternative Treatment Options
Faith-Based Treatment Programs
The Risks of Treatment
Recovery
Become Knowledgeable about Recovery
Changing Thinking Patterns
Technological Aids
Avoiding Relapse
Effective Use of Support Systems
Utilizing Community Resources
The Face of Healthy Recovery
Relapse Prevention
Be Prepared
Recognizing Triggers
Managing-and Recovering from-Slips
Be Aware of High-Risk Situations
Evaluating Relationships
Developing Healthy Self-Esteem
Keep the Support Going!
Real-Life Considerations
Someone Has to Pay the Bills
Who's Going to Take Out the Trash?
Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Effective Time Management
You Can Be a Good Parent and Help Yourself
Restoring Credibility in the Community
How Addictions Affect Family Members
Damaged Family Bonds
Dealing with Difficult Emotions
Communication Is Key
Constructive Fighting
When Roles Are Reversed
The Effects of Financial Hardships
Rebuilding Trust
Establishing New and Healthy Family Relationships
Hope for a Balanced Life
The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection
Good Self-Care
Personal Growth
Meaningful Work and Passionate Play
Making Room for Therapy
Developing Satisfying Relationships
Leave the Past Behind and Look to the Future
Appendix A
Appendix B
Index
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