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A Growing Addiction: Plastic Surgery

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The growing trend of plastic or cosmetic surgery, has been on the rise for quite sometime now, as our society becomes more and more visually oriented. Don’t get me wrong, plastic surgery is not always a bad thing. Like anything in life, the benefits of plastic surgery can be over done.

 Children, for example, who are born with severe deformities, can have their entire lives turned around and be given the chance at a good social life as they progress into adulthood.

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What about those people who don’t have physical deformities though? All those beautiful women who find so much wrong with themselves?

Studies show that two-thirds of people who get plastic surgery return for a second surgery or more. Some people who feel that they can attain a “perfect” look will turn to plastic surgery again and again after the initial fear is gone.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is often the origin of plastic surgery addiction. BDD can cause people to have a skewed perception of themselves and feel that they look bad aesthetically, no matter how many cosmetic surgeries they undergo.

People who suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) often feel the need to be beautiful in order to be happy. However, since people who suffer from BDD have an unattainable or unrealistic sense of beauty, they will often enter into a never ending cycle of plastic surgery addiction.  

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Plastic surgeons who are ethically and morally responsible will always look for signs of sexual addiction in patients. Although it may affect their overall income, it is important that surgeons talk to their clients and make sure that they do not suffer from BDD.  

Just like any other Addiction though, it takes time and effort to achieve results. Sticking with your Recovery rountines are very important to overcoming.

Admitting that you have a problem is always the first and most important step towards reaching your Recovery. Enlist the help of your family and friends and let them know that you need help. With the help of those you trust ,you can break the cycle of cosmetic surgery and be on your way to a brighter and more healthier future.

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January 29, 2009 at 8:07 am

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Problem solved? The New Anti-Addiction Pill

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The search for pharmacology to treat addiction is not new. There are a handful of drugs, some developed as far back as the mid-1900’s, others in the last decade or so, that are being used to help addicts quit. For example heroin addiction, there’s Methadone and Buprenorphine, both of which bind to and activate opioid receptors in the brain. For alcohol, Antabuse, which makes people physically ill if they drink, has been on the market since 1948, although it isn’t widely used.

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Naltrexone is just one of the drugs which is used to stop alcoholism. Although Naltrexone was originally developed for treating opioid addiction, in 1994, the drug was approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence.

Last April, The F.D.A. approved an injectable, longer lasting form of Naltrexone called Vivitrol. However, it is a dispute whether or not the treatment will work since Vivitrol is only available as a monthly injection which must be performed by a doctor. This makes the treatment both costly and inconvenient.

“The biggest thrill is that this drug, which has already proved safe for people trying to stop smoking, is now a potential drug to fight alcohol dependence,” said Selena Bartlett, a University of California, San Francisco neuroscientist who led the study. Details appear this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pfizer provided the drug for the study, but was not otherwise involved in the research.

For many, the thought of an Anti-Addiction pill is a huge step forward in the fight against addiction, but we must remember the most important part of overcoming any sort of an addiction in the inner want and need to change. Because without this, no pill will ever overcome.

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January 28, 2009 at 8:00 am

Cutting: Knowing and Understanding Self-Harm

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Self-injury (SI), self-harm (SH) or deliberate self-harm (DSH) is deliberate infliction of tissue damage or alteration to oneself without suicidal intent. Although the terms self-injury or self-harm have been used to refer to infliction of harm to the body’s surface, the term self-harm may be used to include the harm inflicted on the body by those with eating disorders.

Some scholars use more technical definitions related to specific aspects of this behaviour. These acts may be aimed at relieving otherwise unbearable emotions, and/or sensations of unreality and numbness.

 

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Self-harm is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as a symptom of borderline personality disorder and depressive disorders.

It is sometimes associated with mental illness, a history of trauma and abuse including emotional abuse, sexual abuse, eating disorders, or mental traits such as low self-esteem or perfectionism, but a statistical analysis is difficult, as many self-injurers conceal their injuries.

The relationship between self-harm and suicide is a complex one, as self-harm behaviour may be potentially life-threatening, with or without suicidal intent. However, attributing self harmers as suicidal is, in the majority of cases, inaccurate.

Non-fatal self-harm is common in young people worldwide and due to this prevalence the term self-harm is increasingly used to denote any non-fatal acts of deliberate self-harm, irrespective of the intention.

There are a number of different treatments available for self-injurers which concentrate on either treating the underlying causes or on treating the behaviour itself. When self-injury is associated with depression, antidepressant drugs and treatments may be effective.

Alternative approaches involve avoidance techniques, which focus on keeping the self-injurer occupied with other activities, or replacing the act of self-harm with safer methods that do not lead to permanent damage.
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January 27, 2009 at 7:09 am

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Celebs in Recovery

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Celebrities today are becoming more and more destructive. Coming in and out of Rehab, getting pulled over, being arrested for Narcotic possession, the stars are out of control these days! Lindsey was found passed out in a hallway, Paris had the most widely publicized arrest and jail time, even Heather Locklear got arrested for driving completely WASTED on prescription meds!

How can these celebs allow themselves to be so embarrassed and possibly destroy their careers that many would die to have. They take advantage of the fact that they are in the public eye and they think they can do no wrong and that they will never have to serve such a maximum sentence as us peasants. They are in fact given much lesser sentences than anyone else in the world would if caught driving under the influence. This is exactly why they continue on the paths that they do. Paris Hilton could not have gotten any more press than she did when she went to jail last year. The world practically fell to shambles and I even had girl friends who wept over it! The second she got out she was on Larry King the next day talking about how horrible her jumpsuit was and how much “closer” she came to God. Oh please.

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Nicole Richie was arrested Dec. 11 on charges of driving under the influence. Authorities in Burbank, Calif., received 911 calls about a car fitting the description of Richie’s black Mercedes sport utility vehicle that was driving the wrong way on State Highway 134. Police said that Richie’s car was stopped when they arrived, and that the actress failed a sobriety test.

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Heather Locklear, 47, was arrested Sept. 27, 2008 in Santa Barbara, Calif., on suspicion of driving while impaired. Law enforcement officers determined that alcohol was not involved; however, a large amount of prescription medication was found in her purse and was clearly beyond comprehension level.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office released this June 4, 2007 photo showing Paris Hilton after the 26-year-old heiress turned herself in to begin her three-week stint at the Century Regional Detention Facility. Hours after strolling the red carpet in a strapless black dress, Hilton traded her designer duds for a jail-issued jumpsuit. Hilton is serving time for violating her probation and driving with a suspended license after being charged with driving under the influence.

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Lindsey Lohan, who had just finished a second stint in rehab for substance abuse treatment, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and possession of cocaine early July 24, 2007, authorities said.

These girls really have to get their lives straightened out before its too late. Driving the wrong way up an interstate at night with no lights on in an Escalade under the influence of seven Vicodins probably isnt Nicole Richie’s safest bet. She could have killed someone or herself, and those types of selfish actions are what causes families and friends grief and despair. Hopefully these stars will realize how good they have it and shape up!

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January 26, 2009 at 7:29 am

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Ecstasy Use on the Rise.

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Having a new major drug developed, is rare to happen as only once a century you can find a new major drug come into the world, and no other drug has spread more rapid than MDMA or Esctasy.

This is an important video on Ecstasy use. In order to fully understand this drug, you must go beyond the Superman symbol.

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January 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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In The Rooms: A Global Recovery Community.

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Another great way to help in the road to recovery is In The Rooms.

This is the premier, most comprehensive online social network for the Recovery community worldwide. Their mantra is known as H.I.T.C.H. which means to Help, Inform, Touch, Connect and Heal those already in Recovery, seeking Recovery and the family and friends whom support Recovery around the globe.

The site has so many different people from all walks of life and helps connect you to others who share a similar story of addiction. With thousands of personal profiles, users can choose to join a particular fellowship is he/she desires. Virtual meetings, speaker libraries, daily meditations and affinity groups help make this the best online social network for the Recovery community worldwide.

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Diana from Naugatuck, Connecticut recently discovered In The Rooms and couldn’t be happier with all of her new and helpful friends. Heres what Diana had to say.

“I just wanna say how happy I am to have found this site! I was told about it by another AA Member who I met on my first night in the meetings. I hope and pray that the encouragement and support that I have already received will not be in vain. Thank you ALL for being a part of my new FAMILY!!”

No matter whether your seeking help, are in recovery, or simply family and friends of Recovery In The Rooms is a must have when it comes to social networking.

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January 21, 2009 at 9:00 am

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fattest one of all?

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Eating disorders are so common in America that 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with one. These stats are pretty staggering especially if you are a parent of a teen in today’s world. Learning the different types of Eating disorders can help you to better recognize the symptoms.

The most common types of eating disorder are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa (usually called simply “anorexia” and “bulimia”) Here are the symptoms of both.

Anorexia

  • becomes very thin, frail, or emaciated
  • obsessed with eating, food, and weight control
  • weighs herself or himself repeatedly
  • counts or portions food carefully
  • only eats certain foods, avoiding foods like dairy, meat, wheat, etc. (of course, lots of people who are allergic to a particular food or are vegetarians avoid certain foods)
  • exercises excessively
  • feels fat
  • withdraws from social activities, especially meals and celebrations involving food
  • may be depressed, lethargic (lacking in energy), and feel cold a lot

Bulimia

  • fears weight gain
  • intensely unhappy with body size, shape, and weight
  • makes excuses to go to the bathroom immediately after meals
  • may only eat diet or low-fat foods (except during binges)
  • regularly buys laxatives, diuretics, or enemas
  • spends most of his or her time working out or trying to work off calories
  • withdraws from social activities, especially meals and celebrations involving food

Also common, Binge eating disorder is a newly recognized condition that probably affects millions of Americans. People with binge eating disorder frequently eat large amounts of food while feeling a loss of control over their eating. However a person does not usually purge afterwords.

Fortunately, people with eating disorders can get well and gradually learn to eat normally again. Eating disorders involve both the mind and body and can be difficult to overcome but with the right help and treatment getting back on the track towards a healthy lifestyle can in fact be achieved.

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January 20, 2009 at 5:01 am

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