A codependent person derives their self-esteem from caring for another, not themselves. They are overly involved and immersed in the person’s life. There can be issues of feeling guilty if they do not go along with the other person, and even putting themselves in an abusive or controlling situation. Their guilt, in turn, can lead to acts that “enable” the addict to maintain and carry in his addiction.
Knowing whether someone you love has a problem with alcohol or drugs isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds. Despite the stereotypes of the staggering drunk or the emaciated addict, most people who overuse alcohol and drugs become adept at disguising their behavior. Shame, embarrassment, and fear of consequences are powerful motivators. And in many cases, the person who’s drinking too much or using drugs doesn’t want to recognize or admit that he’s not in control of the situation.
If you talk openly and freely with your kids about drugs and answer questions honestly about things they want to know, you will have a better chance of keeping them from trying drugs. The one thing you do not want to do is lecture.
Addicts will more than likely recognise the certain people, places and things that prompt us to use. The problem is that these triggers are stored at an unconscious level and we find we feel cravings despite our efforts. A study conducted at the University of Cambridge has shown that working on the memory could lead to preventing relapses in addicts.
Ambergris, otherwise known as whale vomit is one of the hundreds of possible additives used in manufactured cigarettes.
Benzene is a known cause of acute myeloid leukemia, and cigarette smoke is a major source of benzene exposure. Among U.S. smokers, 90 percent of benzene exposures come from cigarettes.