Lee Weber
AUTHOR BIO: Lee W. is a writer, mother, and lover in long-term addiction recovery. Her challenge is balance, maybe because she’s a Libra.

Why do People Become Addicted? – By Lee Weber

If you are reading this, you probably have a friend or family member who is addicted to something, gambling, drugs, alcohol, even sex or the internet. Maybe you are probably wondering how did they ever wind up in such a bad place in their lives. Therefore, if you are asking the question why do people become addicted? You are really wondering what causes addiction. If you want to better understand addiction so that you can react better to the person you are worried about, we hope to help explain addiction basics for you here. At the end we will answer all your questions about this topic. We will be discussing the following: What Is Addiction? Statistics, Is Addiction Common? How Do People Become Addicted? Addiction´s Effects In The Brain Why Do People Become Addicted? Signs Of A Problem: Am I Addicted? Why Cannot Addicts Say NO? Any Help For And… Continue reading

Genetics and Addiction: Am I Born This Way? – Lee Weber

Genetics can indicate addiction development, but it is not the only factor to determine susceptibility. What we know is that the presence or absence of some genes can increase the possibility of one to become dependent. Even though science try to find the biological differences that have effect on some people, it doesn’t mean that you are born as addict. What it actually means is that certain genes can affect your willingness to quit once you start using drugs, or cause more severe withdrawal symptoms while coping with addiction. On the other hand, genetics can also influence people to hardly become addicted by making them feel sick when using some substances. In this article we explain: How can the family history have influence on us to become addicted Are there possible ways to predict our addictive behavior by looking at our genes? What are our chances to prevent development of… Continue reading

Overcoming Social Stigma Around Addiction Treatment – By Lee Weber

  Several studies have found that substance use disorders are more highly stigmatized than other health conditions. Through the stigma, social groups discourage and marginalize the condition, which seriously affect the people at risk. For example, stigmatizing attitudes regarding certain behaviors (e.g. substance use during pregnancy) and groups (e.g. injection drug users) are widely accepted, culturally endorsed, and enshrined in policy or criminal law. Experts believe that stigma does two main things: Increases substance use among younger adolescents. Decreases motivation for people to seek help. Here, we’ll take a look at what the stigmas are. We’ll also explore what YOU CAN DO when facing a drug problem. Finally, we invite your feedback at the end. In fact, we’ll try to respond to your real life question with a personal response! Dangers of Social Views on Addiction The first thing to know about addiction: people who are facing addiction suppress feelings… Continue reading

Addressing Emotional Abuse in Addiction Recovery – By Lee Weber

  There are people who try to control other people’s actions by behaving in an abusive way. Often, the abuse manifests through humiliation, fear, guilt or feeling of embarrassment. So, how can we deal with current or past emotional abuse in recovery? We explore the issue here. Then, we invite your questions ro feedback at the end. What Is Emotional Abuse, Exactly? Emotional abuse is defined as is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child or person. It is mostly expressed verbally by: critisizing disapproval of another person’s action(s), or constant expression of dissatisfaction This type of behavior, especially when it appears in primary relationships with loved ones, can destabilize self-confidence and sense of self-worth. Emotionally abused individuals see no way out, experience a growing fear of being alone, and ususally tend to accept the abusive situations and behaviors as normal. But, how can you recognize if… Continue reading

Your Loved One’s Alcohol Problem and CRAFT (An Intervention You’ve Never Heard Of) – By Lee Weber

  In this article you will learn to recognize Alcohol Use Disorder for yourself or a loved one. Then, know how to approach it and where to seek help using CRAFT, the Community Reinforcement and Family Training method. Here, we explain the symptoms, the condition, and where you can turn for help. Read and learn more. The Definition of a “Problem” Hangovers. Missing social, work, or school obligations after a party. Regretful behavior. All of these come with drinking. But are they signs of a drinking “problem”? By definition, unhealthy alcohol use includes any alcohol use that puts your health or safety at risk or causes other alcohol-related problems. If your loved one’s pattern of drinking results in repeated significant distress and problem functioning in his/her daily life, then they likely need professional help. Technically, Alcohol Use Disorder is a pattern of drinking that involves problems with controlling alcohol intake.… Continue reading