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    Different Types Of Addiction and How Residential Rehabilitation Can Help

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Learning to recognize an addiction and deciding to seek help is one of the first steps in reclaiming your life and moving past a chemical dependency. Get informed about alcoholism and sex addiction and how they relate to each other with these sites below:

    • Alcoholism is a lifelong disease affecting up to 14 percent of Americans, most of them men. Learn more about alcoholism diagnosis and treatment with this article from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
    • Alcoholism is more than just a battle of self-control. This Forbes article covers recent medical research revealing a brain wave influencing alcoholism.
    • Addictive behavior often manifests itself in various forms, and sex addiction can also branch out into drug addiction or alcoholism. Read through this article from Time for more details.
    • Love and addiction correlate to many of the same chemicals in the brain, perhaps contributing to widespread controversy about sex addiction. Find out how love affects the brain and how it relates to addiction with this slideshow from HowStuffWorks.com.

    The specialists here at Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar in Oregon are here to provide ongoing rehabilitative care to help victims of addiction move forward. Visit us online or contact (503) 298-4393 to learn more about our facilities, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more advice on addiction treatment.

    How to Identify Signs of Depression and Get Chemical Dependency Treatment

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Depression is a powerful mental disorder that affects individuals differently, often making the signs of depression difficult to spot. While excessive drug use or alcohol abuse isn’t always a sign of clinical depression, they can be early warning signs. This video clip provides a brief description of common depression symptoms.

    Frequently using alcohol or drugs as an escape when you are alone or to cope with feelings of shame may indicate clinical depression. Only a qualified medical specialist can provide an accurate diagnosis, but knowing the warning sings can help put irrational behaviors into perspective.

    Astoria Pointe and our sister clinic, The Rosebriar, specialize in providing comprehensive rehabilitative treatment and aftercare throughout the Pacific Northwest for those suffering from addiction. Call (503) 298-4393 to receive a confidential admissions consultation.

    Four Misconceptions About Alcoholism

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Although alcoholism is a scientifically recognized disease, there are many misconceptions about the impact it has on the body and about treatment for alcoholism. Learn about some of the most common misconceptions about alcoholism below:

    Drinking Excessive Amounts of Beer Isn’t as Bad as Hard Liquor While beer may have less alcohol ounce per ounce compared to hard liquor, consuming large quantities of beer negates this effect. A standard drink such as 12-ounce bottle of beer (5% alcohol by volume) contains the same amount of alcohol as a single shot of 80-proof liquor or five ounces of wine.

    It’s Easy to Control Drinking For many people, it’s easy to have drink with friends or a glass of wine during dinner and think nothing of it, but several factors influence the likelihood of developing alcoholism, including genetic predisposition, social pressure, gender, and frequency of drinking. Alcohol is a depressant and it immediately impairs the ability to think rationally or accurately gauge awareness, often leading to a vicious cycle of “just one more” after even a single drink.

    Alcoholics Could Sober Up If They Wanted To It’s tempting to think of alcoholism as a simple lack of impulse control, but it is a disease and its triggers are more complex than self-control. Like most addictive behaviors, alcoholism can result in a vicious cycle of temporary emotional euphoria and physical recovery. Compounded with the negative effects of an increasing tolerance and chemical withdrawal, a psychological and physical dependence on alcohol can make quitting extremely difficult.

    Alcoholism is Untreatable Alcoholism is classified as a mental disease, but there are still many underlying physiological factors. It is a chronic condition, which means that alcoholism treatment is a lifelong process. Diabetes requires medication, cancer requires ongoing treatment, and so too does alcoholism require a supportive network of rehabilitative professionals.

    Astoria Pointe is a rehab clinic in Oregon that is dedicated to helping addicts rebuild their lives through ongoing care and holistic treatment. We also offer a dedicated women’s clinic, The Rosebriar, to provide comprehensive and personalized care to all of our female patients. Call (503) 298-4393 today to speak to an admissions specialist about our drug and alcohol rehab programs.

    Exploring the Similarities and Differences Between Love and Sex Addiction

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Sex addiction remains a controversial topic for many people, and is one of the least understood forms of addiction, limiting treatment options for sex addiction. So how can you tell when it’s a real connection and when it’s addiction? Read on for some guidance:

    Brain Chemistry A growing body of evidence indicates that sex addiction, much like other forms of addiction such as drug abuse or alcoholism, is manifested through intricate brain chemistry and obsessive behavior. Both addiction and love are linked to the same pleasure chemicals in the brain, namely serotonin and dopamine. Some studies show that a chemical called vasopressin may even influence infidelity. Combined, these traits may adversely influence behavior leading to endlessly pursuing the “high” that sex provides.

    Consequences Relationships are full of ups and downs, and impulse control often suffers with both love and addiction. However, the primary difference between addiction and natural emotion is consequences. Addictive behavior persists long after a few bad choices cause harm to oneself and those around them. One may become caught up in uncontrollably chasing a sexual high outside of the relationship, regardless of the level of physical or emotional connection to a significant other.

    Impulse Control Sex is risky behavior, and uncontrollably pursuing sex may manifest itself in other risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse. Classic signs of drug and alcohol abuse involve using chemical substances, legal or illegal, as an emotional crutch during difficult times. Although they may temporarily provide a feeling of numbness or euphoria, the problems causing emotional distress will still be there when they wear off.

    Astoria Pointe specializes in personalized, holistic treatment methods for those suffering from chemical dependency and addiction in Astoria, Oregon and the surrounding areas. Our women’s rehab clinic, The Rosebriar, ensures comprehensive and safe treatment for our female patients. Contact an admissions specialist at (503) 298-4393 to take your first step.

    Helping a Relative Get on the Path to Addiction Treatment

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Helping a relative who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is challenging; you may wonder how you’ll ever convince your loved one to go to a rehab center or join a 12-step group. Watch this video for tips from a licensed psychologist on working with your addicted relative.

    Dr. Coral Arvon says the best way to help is to set firm boundaries and avoid giving money. Arvon suggests gathering friends and family members together to tell your relative how the addiction is affecting everyone’s life. Once the addicted person has admitted there is a problem, it’s time to suggest a rehab center or 12-step program.

    If you need advice on getting help for an addicted relative, call Astoria Pointe at (503) 298-4393. At Astoria Pointe men’s rehab center and The Rosebriar center for women, we have medical staff and counselors who oversee all phases of treatment to get your loved one back on the path to a healthy life.

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