addictions

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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This is a cross post from © 2013 ChooseHelp.com who welcomes republishing of their content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the author, David Earl Johnson, LICSW. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License. How to Break a Bad Habit, Like Cigarette Smoking Bad habits come in many different forms. There are minor and major bad habits. Minor bad habits include procrastination, fidgeting, overspending, and nail biting for example.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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Tragically another music icon ends an incredibly creative life at age 27. Besides the uncanny fact that so many (10) incredibly talented musicians who died at 27, there is the other apparent truth that they all had everything their peers could have wanted. They were incredibly successful, had huge fan base, and were selling albums and tickets to concerts galore. What could possibly have gone wrong? Ms. Winehouse said living dangerously generated her creativity, and she was often photographed half-dressed, wild-eyed and disheveled.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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I quit smoking 28 years ago. The final effort started the previous year on “Great American Smokeout“, 29 years ago. I’m very glad I succeeded. I used to joke that quitting smoking was easy, I’d done it 100s of times. Unfortunately it was all too true. I struggled with attempts to quite smoking over most of my adult years. It’s a major bad habit, with the further complication of addiction to Nicotine.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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I really enjoy reading the blog Kellevision.com. She says it like it is and seldom misses the point of what she’s writing about. She identifies a problem in programming for homelessness and proposes a set of concepts to help clarify the situation. Image via Wikipedia “Many of the “barriers” faced by the chronically homeless are not external. They are self-inflicted. Repeatedly failing to pay one’s utility bills is not a barrier.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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We spend billions on imprisoning the largest proportion of our population than any other nation. Too many of those imprisoned are petty drug offenders. In prison, they some learn how to be more effective criminals and then are turned loose to re-offend. Too many are very young. Petty drug offenders often need CD treatment, not prison. Many are simply supporting the habit that keeps them from a more productive life. However, petty criminals can become hardened career criminals just from the experience of prison.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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Valium is widely known as an addictive drug that is still occasionally prescribed for anxiety. Long-term use of Valium takes risks with a drug with perhaps the worst withdrawal syndrome of any addictive drug. Now there is evidence that the addictive effects occur with the very first dose of the drug. Psych Central News “… a single drug or alcohol dose is sufficient to generate an initial stage of addiction.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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There has been a long standing myth about marijuana that has been around since the 1960s. The myth says marijuana is less harmful to you than alcohol and tobacco. At best the myth is misleading. At worse, it becomes part of the denial based self-justification for marijuana dependence. Marijuana today is 100 to 1000 times the strength of marijuana of the 1960s. Studies from that era are simply no longer applicable.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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While still excluded from the DSM IV TR, Internet addiction has graduated to a subject worthy of research. And not surprisingly, like all other addictive behaviors, what I like to call “temporary feel goods”, are associated with a lot of other diagnoses. Avoiding negative emotions has serious consequences, beyond even addictions. CNS Spectrums “Internet addiction were more likely to have MDD, dysthymic disorder, social phobia and adult ADHD than their unaffected counterparts.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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It would appear that one of the most abused drug among teenagers maybe available at home in the medicine chest. Prescription drugs were reported abused by a disturbingly high proportion of high school students. If I recall my numbers correctly, the usual proportion for life time alcohol abuse at about 60%, marijuana abuse in the 25% range, cocaine and sniffing glue around 10%. Nearly 1⁄2 high schoolers have abused prescription drugs and about half of them had given or sold the drugs to others.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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There is a secret that is just not talked about in a lot of circles. Drug abuse is not solely the scourge of poverty. In fact, drug abuse among poor minorities is dropping. Drug abuse among educated white middle aged women is higher than it’s ever been and growing. Along with it, aging baby boomers are well represented in the latest crime wave. New York Times When releasing last week’s Monitoring the Future survey on drug use, John P.