Articles by aemetha

Historically many of the terms used to describe what we most commonly refer to as addiction have been used interchangeably. The American Psychiatric Association has flirted with all of these terms at various times. Concern was raised that the terms addiction and dependence carried a negative connotation and contributed to stigma, and in its most recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) it now calls the...
Before I get into this subject, I need to first clarify something. Some people draw a distinction between spirituality and religion, others see them as the same thing, and others still do not believe in either concept. Throughout this article when I refer to spirituality I am talking about what works for you, what you believe. It is not the purpose of this article to disabuse anyone of their own particular beliefs, only to discuss if it may be applied to recovery from addiction. This...
In the past, substance use disorders have been considered a reflection of the sufferers’ lack of willpower (Vaughn & Perron, 2012). This assessment does not represent the complete picture however. Approximately 50% of sufferers of severe mental disorders experience problems with substance use (Rosenthal, 2015). We also know from research (Rosenthal, 2015) that the development of mental disorder often precedes the development of a substance use disorder, and that sufferers of different types...
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