As our understanding about the causes of addiction increases, so, too, do our methods for treating addictive behavior. What was once thought of as a lack of will power is now known as a disease that can only be treated through medical and psychological methods. But even with advances in medical science, it’s hard to know what to do when your addicted loved one refuses help.
The root of addiction is caused by biological and genetic issues, but over time, substance abuse also changes the way a person’s brain functions. This complicates the issue of getting off drugs or alcohol because the part of the brain that handles impulse control gets damaged, making it even more difficult to practice good decision making.
If you have a friend or loved one who might be dealing with addiction, it’s hard to know how to help them get treatment.
In recent months, we’ve seen the giant ride-sharing company Uber partner with various organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and local law enforcement agencies to raise awareness about drunk driving in more than 25 US cities. The ride-hailing company has frequently claimed it has conducted surveys that show more than 80% of people report Uber helps them avoid drunk driving.
The company itself says that cities where Uber operates have “fewer drunk drivers on the streets.” While this might be true, a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has found contrary results. There is no apparent impact on the drunk driving fatalities in cities where there is Uber.
Results of the Study
The growth of Uber and Lyft has been incredible over the years. More and more people are opting to take Uber to get to their destinations.
When you get married, dealing with the aftermath of a childhood with addicted parents is probably one of the last things you think you’ll be doing for your spouse. Especially if your new husband or wife is not an addict themselves. However, the effects can run deep, and often require a lot of patience and work on the part of both halves of the couple.
First things first, you’ll want to understand what growing up with parents with substance abuse issues is like. Just because your spouse has a parent with addiction, does not mean that they themselves have a mental illness. They are still dealing with the repercussions of a difficult childhood fraught with instability. These effects often run deep throughout your partner’s entire life. As a child, they may have experienced some social issues, depression and low self-esteem. Growing up in a family dynamic where fear and anxiety have a regular presence has a profound effect on how romantic relationships develop in adulthood.
The fall can be a wonderful time of year, but it brings with it the looming specter of winter with its shorter days and colder weather. It can be a difficult time of year for people with seasonal affective disorder, and people with depression often struggle during the winter months as well. If you have problems with addiction, these seasonal blues can be especially difficult.
If you have a history of addiction, the winter blues could potentially lead to relapse. A relapse prevention plan is an important part of recovery, and it’s important to be more diligent when the risks are higher. Fortunately, there are a variety of measures you can take to help offset the effect of the change in seasons and help prevent depression from worsening or a seasonal depression from taking hold.
Taking Care of Yourself
It seems pretty simple, but self-care goes beyond the basics when you’re coping with addiction.