Sex and Meth Addiction: Causes, Effects, and Recovery

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Sex addiction is a debilitating and potentially life-altering struggle that you might already be familiar with. It can affect your friendships, romantic relationships, and if you are having reckless, unprotected sex, your health can be at risk as well. But what you might not realize is sex and meth addiction often go hand in hand. When you combine the two, they work together to draw you into an insidious downward spiral. Short-Term Effects Perhaps you’ve heard about the effects of crystal meth when used to enhance sex, or perhaps you’ve already started using in order to experience those benefits for yourself. When you use crystal meth the levels of dopamine in your brain spike, which causes a highly addictive level of euphoria. This euphoria can lead to an increased libido, as well as increased levels of stamina. This higher drive for sex, coupled with the ability to keep the experience lasting longer, is what makes your sexual encounters falsely feel as if they’ve been kicked into overdrive. The dopamine can also cause you to have lowered inhibitions and when coupled with arousal, can lead to you to make reckless choices when it comes to sex. Seeking out new and anonymous…

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Recovering From Sexual Abuse

Recovering From Sexual Abuse

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While sexual abuse treatment options are plenty, recovering from sexual abuse still entails a difficult and painful process. Here’s what you can do to cope with the trauma, based on guidelines from the APA. It Takes Time to Heal You won’t be okay for a while and you need to accept that. You need time to adjust. Be patient with yourself. Don’t rush yourself through the recovery process, thinking you’re strong enough to do so. You’ll recover sooner if you don’t force it. Create a Support System It is vital to make sure you’ve got a support system to help you through the tough times ahead. Social support is important in your recovery. Taking a proactive approach to talk to family and friends will help you break down the wall of shame that is often associated with abuse. Talk About It Talking about the experience can help you take away the power the abuse has over you. By talking about it with people you trust, they’ll begin to understand what you went through, and as a result be better informed in how to approach you or talk to you about the matter. Find a Support Group While talking about the…

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Is Your Loved One a Crystal Meth Addict?

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Crystal methamphetamine better known by it’s street name crystal meth, is a stimulant that has properties which allow for the person partaking to have an intense amount of energy for an extended period of time. It’s highly addictive and too much dependence on the drug could lead to terrible physical and psychological effects. Symptoms Below are a few of the signs of crystal meth addiction: High blood pressure and rapid breathing High body temperature Dilation of the pupils caused by the drug Sweating profusely A lack of appetite Paranoia or growing irritability Doing repetitive tasks that have no meaning Dry mouth and halitosis Headaches These are just some of the physical symptoms, says Drug Abuse. Other signs also include Anxiety, growing depression, ever-present fatigue, seizures along with respiratory issues and problems. Also, as a result of the consistently high heart rate, users often end up experiencing cardiac arrest and in severe cases, death. Long-Term Health Damage Prolonged use of the crystal meth can also lead to: Vision impairment or permanent damage to the eyes Highly irregular sleep patterns Mood disorders Reproductive health problems Compromised sexual performance Dental health issues Treatment The first phase of crystal meth addiction treatment is detoxification….

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Our newest addition to the Blue Tiger Team!

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Our newest addition to the Blue Tiger Team! Stacy Korfist, LMFT, CEDS-S, CSAT-S, CDWF Stacy has worked in the behavioral health field for the past 25 years and is passionate about integrating wellness, experiential and neurobiology approaches within treatment. Her specialties include trauma & betrayal, eating disorders, intimacy/attachment disruption, sex/love addiction and rhythm-based recovery. In addition, she has a special focus on ADHD, high-conflict personalities and positive psychology. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. Stacy has widespread experience as Administrator, Consultant and Clinical Supervisor at a variety of treatment centers and levels of care. In 1999, she became the Founding Program Director and designed the first eating disorder program for Center for Discovery, now a national organization. She was Lead Therapist at The Masters & Johnson Institute for Trauma and Dissociative Disorders at Del Amo Hospital in the mid 1990’s. Subsequently, Stacy has served at four eating disorder programs and numerous substance abuse/mental health treatment centers. Currently she provides supervision/consultation to therapists pursuing their CSAT and CEDS certifications. She is a lifelong learner and utilizes Brené…

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Sex Addiction: Signs and Treatment

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People who suffer from drug abuse often exhibit several signs such as dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes, increased pulse, erratic behavior and mood swings. On the other hand, people who suffer from alcoholism demonstrate a lack of inhibition, growing dependency on alcohol to perform daily functions and zero control of over their actions or emotions. A sex addict however, might have the outwardly appearance of a perfectly normal person—no bloodshot eyes to call out a warning, no increased pulse to lead you to believe that an addiction is already taking over your life. Sex addiction, if left untreated, can lead to a whole lot of damage, in the same way that drug or alcoholism and drug addiction can. Sex Addiction Psych Guides lists down a lot of forms that sex addiction can take. This can include an avid interest in pornography, practicing prostitution, excessive bouts of masturbation or fantasy that could involve deviant sexual fantasies, and the strong desire to practice exhibition or voyeurism, among other things. Essentially, it includes any sexual pursuit that seems to grow out of control. For instance, if you’re a fan of pornography, you like watching it a few times in the course of a week….

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Is It Love or Love Addiction?

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“Love makes the world go round, Love lifts us up where we belong, All we need is love” are what movies, books and songs all say. Pop culture is obsessed with love because it is a generally relatable experience. The problem is that there is a big difference in healthy relationships with love in them and relationships based on the need for love. A lot of people find themselves asking “is it love or love addiction?” Complete emotional dependency on the relationship you are in and the love you share could be love addiction and you just don’t know it. If you find yourself entirely convinced that your loved one will solve all your problems and that everything will be ok as long as you are together with someone, you could be experiencing love addiction. The Condition Love addiction is often times goes hand in hand with sex addiction. Both conditions share a lot of similarities—that is, they use love and sex as an unhealthy crutch to deal with situations. However, while the main issue with love addicts is their dependence on an unrealistic notion of love and their unhealthy obsession with the object of that love, sex addicts tends…

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