Addiction is almost always a touchy subject, and acknowledging it is a very tough call to make. For alcoholics, addressing addiction is made even more difficult by one undeniable fact: alcohol is everywhere. It’s nearly impossible for a person to go about their day without being exposed to the radio ads, TV spots, billboards and social media crowing of the alcohol industry — and because of this constant media saturation, many people simply accept alcohol, and even its abuse, as a regular part of the woodwork.
The end result of our culture’s attitude toward alcohol is a worrying percentage of our population struggling with the specter of addiction. Here are the stats:
- An estimated 17.6 million Americans struggle with alcohol abuse or dependence
- Every year, 88,000 deaths are attributed to excessive alcohol use
- At any given time, up to 40% of U.S.
You’re probably familiar with the dangers of taking drugs, but were you aware that withdrawal can kill you? It’s true. Drugs are dangerous in many ways. They can cause your vital systems to function improperly or to not function at all; they can consume your life with addiction, and they can irreparably damage your brain. But one additional risk of drug abuse is withdrawal.
When your body is used to the presence of a certain substance and then you take it away, it can be hard to adjust. As the high starts to wear off, you want more. When the drugs are no longer in your system, you don’t feel quite right. Taking more drugs seems to solve this problem.
But if you want to quit an addiction, it’s time to detox. Get those drugs out of your body, and take back your life.
Although many people associate Eye Movement Desensitization and Recovery (EMDR) with the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR therapy is effective in many other situations. It doesn’t have to be reserved strictly for people suffering from trauma. EMDR is often an effective method for helping people overcome everyday problems.
What Is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy is an integrated therapy that identifies traumatic events and reprocesses or reframes them in the client’s mind using eye movement or other stimuli. A simple, eight-phase approach is used by therapists to identify the issue to be addressed, explore the emotions around the issue, reframe and reprocess it. Desensitization, installing new and powerful positive beliefs, and achieving closure while reaffirming release of the negative feelings helps people overcome trauma and other blocks.
What Makes EMDR Therapy Effective?
There are multiple theories as to why EMDR is effective, but no one fully understands why it works.
Among high school, college and professional athletes, the pressure is on to run faster, punch harder and play longer. While drug use in sports has been going on for as long as sports have been around, the current surge of performance-enhancing drugs dates back to the 1960s. Today, drug use in sports is common, with many good players jeopardizing their health, lives and livelihood by abusing performance-enhancing drugs.
Drug Athletes and Drug Use: Then and Now
Drug use in sports dates all the way back to ancient Greece. Even the word “doping” comes from the root Dutch word “doop,” a reference to a thick opium juice thought to dull the pain of sports injuries so athletes could play longer. Even the Greeks experimented with diets and herbs to enhance sports performance.
Today’s athletes use a combination of legal, legitimate science and illegal performance-enhancing drugs to be the best in their sport.