Do you know someone who is eating themselves to death?
When we see someone clutching their chest, we don’t hesitate to call 911 to get them professional help. Why are we so hesitant to get professional help when we know someone is poisoning themselves with food? The signs of obesity are just as obvious as a heart attack and the consequences are just as fatal. […]
Warning signs of relapse
The holiday season is a challenging period for those in addiction recovery. Many recovering addicts relapse during this time of year so it is vital to recognize the warning signs and interrupt the process. Any return to addictive behavior can lead to a relapse. Warning signs of relapse occur before addictive behavior begins. There are […]
Binge Eating Disorder: To eat or not to eat – sometimes it’s not a question
Most of us are guilty of overindulging in food from time to time – just watch people at buffets or during the traditional Thanksgiving meal for proof. For most of us, the occasional high calorie overindulgence is an infrequent occurrence. For some, it is the hallmark of a serious eating disorder. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) […]
Alcohol Addiction: Signs of alcoholism
For most people, drinking alcohol is a pleasant social activity. However, approximately 1 out of every 13 people in the United States abuse alcohol, have alcohol dependency issues or are alcoholics. Alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholism or alcohol dependency. Alcohol abuse includes drinking too much at one time or continuing to binge drink regularly. […]
Prescription Painkiller Abuse: A growing epidemic
Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment. Prescription painkiller abuse is a serious problem and a growing epidemic in the United States. Prescription painkiller addiction often begins benignly. For some people, use escalates slowly. They start with the amount of medication that is prescribed to them. After extended use, the […]
Shopaholics quiz: Do you have a shopping addiction?
Oniomania sounds like an obsession with onions, but it is actually the uncontrollable desire to buy things. Many Americans are afflicted with an addiction to shopping and/or compulsive overspending. Those with this addiction, sometimes referred to as shopaholics, experience the highs and lows of other addicts such as drug addicts or alcoholics. Compulsive shopping can […]
Reality star confesses to battling Bulimia
“The Hills Made Me Bulimic” declared Stephanie Pratt, a cast member of the MTV reality show, on the cover of the June 17, 2009 edition of US Weekly magazine. Stephanie, clad in a bikini, was featured alongside her startling proclamation. “The Hills” is a reality show on MTV set in the Hollywood Hills of Los […]