Antisocial Behavior and Addiction

Antisocial Behavior and Addiction

There is a strong connection between antisocial tendencies and addiction. Not only are people who are antisocial more prone to addiction, but addiction can also lead to antisocial behavior. Social withdrawal is more common than many people realize. There are a lot of people who are “antisocial”, preferring to spend time alone than in the company of others. Those who spend increasing amounts of time alone, and prefer to be socially isolated, have often experienced traumatic events in their life that lead them to withdrawal from social situations and interaction with others. What is Social Isolation and Antisocial Behavior? While spending time alone is healthy, spending undue amounts of time alone isn’t. There’s a big difference between an introverted person (who enjoy their time alone and feel drained when spending too much time with others) and a person who isolates themselves socially. Social withdrawal in the form of isolation can lead to extreme cases of antisocial behavior. When a person socially isolates themselves, they might spend days alone at a time and avoid contact with others. Any interaction with others is most often fleeting and meaningless, with close relationships with friends and family tending to become nonexistent. Social isolation and antisocial behavior is quite often something that develops over time. A person doesn’t just decide to become antisocial one day. Once they do, however, this behavior tends to endure in a person for a long time. Antisocial behavior and social isolation are often a result of shame, depression, insecurity, social anxiety, and fear of abandonment. The very causes of antisocial behavior are extremely similar to the reasons people become...
Marijuana for PTSD: Why Vets Want Legalization

Marijuana for PTSD: Why Vets Want Legalization

The effects of war can have lasting impact on those involved. It’s estimated that some 20 percent of people returning from war suffer from some serious psychological trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an extremely severe anxiety condition, is something that can progress after a person has experienced an upsetting and disturbing incident. War, and engaging in active combat, is one of the major reasons people develop this often-incapacitating condition. What are the Symptoms of PTSD? The symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating. Insomnia, sleep deprivation, depression, stress, and anxiety become common. Nightmares and flashbacks are normal and can lead to severe fear and panic. Typical symptoms of PTSD include: Being easily startled Experiencing severe guilt or worry Depression Frequently feeling intense and on-edge Loss of interest in activities a person once enjoyed Insomnia or difficulty sleeping Fearful thoughts Flashbacks People suffering from PTSD will often unwillingly play the traumatic incidents they’ve experienced repeatedly in their mind. They simply cannot turn off the memories of the event that has triggered their PTSD. This can lead to serious emotional imbalance, keeping a person in a painful cycle that can eventually ruin their life. Because PTSD can be completely debilitating, even with the medicine prescribed to take away a person’s pain, many vets are turning towards alternatives to help with some of the crippling feelings associated with PTSD. Medical marijuana has shown great promise in helping treat the symptoms that accompany PTSD…without leaving people addicted and suffering from negative side effects. For the countless people who suffer from PTSD, marijuana has shown to bring tremendous relief to the terrible symptoms associated with...
Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, And Ibogaine Treatment

Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, And Ibogaine Treatment

Although cocaine is mostly used recreationally, there are still a percentage of people who get addicted to its alluring effects. It’s actually one the most commonly used substances in the US after heroin. The high it offers is quick and intense, giving users a calm sense of confidence. As one of the most popular “party” drugs around, cocaine can seem harmless enough. That is until you’re using long after the party is over. What is Cocaine? Cocaine (or coke) is a stimulant derived from the coca plant native to South America. It’s a strong drug that stimulates the central nervous system, with a high that lasts about 30 minutes. Coca leaves have been used for thousands of years by natives throughout South America, a plant that has offered a surge in energy with no addictive effects. Cocaine (the substance derived from the coca plant) offers this energy in a synthetically made form that can prove to be extremely addictive to those who can’t resist the euphoric effects it offers. Cocaine instantaneously offers an energetic high, filling a person with self-confidence and mental alertness. What is Crack Cocaine? Cocaine comes in another form as well. Crack cocaine (or crack) generally isn’t recreationally used like cocaine, but offers an intense high that easily gets people hooked. Crack is made by mixing cocaine with baking soda. This combination forms into a rock when heated up and is smoked with a glass or metal pipe. The effects of smoking crack can be felt as quickly as ten seconds, with a high that lasts only a little longer. Crack works quick, which means people...
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