There is a lot of research out there on behavioral addiction, including exercise addiction, as it is a very common behavioral addiction associated with body dysmorphia and eating disorders. But what about athletes do they fall under any sort of exercise addiction patterns?
Thanks to USARA, every year in Salt Lake City there is a celebration of recovery and the community surrounding it. USARA- Utah Support Advocates For Recovery Awareness presents Recovery Day 2016 this September 10th. USARA is Utah’s addiction recovery community organization that’s mission is to celebrate, advocate, support, and educate on behalf of drug and/ or alcohol addiction recovery, and Utah’s recovery community.
In 2014, after his second DUI, Michael Phelps put his swimming career on hold to check into rehab. This beloved Olympian is reported to likely suffer from binge drinking, which brought about more curiosity as to what classifies someone as a binge drinker. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL or higher (typically about 4 drinks for women, and 5 drinks for men in a 2 hour period).
Today people around the world will participate in International Overdose Awareness Day in order to raise awareness of the current drug epidemic, and to help enlighten the public of the dangers of drug use. This day provides us with an opportunity to educate the public about the dangers of drug use, as well as allows people who have lost loved ones to the disease of addiction mourn and share their stories.
Most new wonder drugs turn out to be not so wonderful once we get to know them better, which was the case of the family of drugs known as the benzodiazepines. They were the “Wonder Drug” of the 1960’s. The introduction of these seductive wonder drugs were welcomed with open arms, and began being used for anxiety, to soothe psychotic patients symptoms, to help alcoholics quit drinking, to take the edge off depression, and to aid with insomnia and sleep disorders. Benzodiazepines were reputed to be safe, and everyone was fairly oblivious to the risk of their dependence and addiction.