I Finally Lost the Rest of My Weight

I used to weight 230 pounds. I was diagnosed with an illness, and steroids were one of the treatments. I packed on the pounds, and I was so relieved to finally be off of them. I was able to lose about 60 pounds in no time through sheer will and determination, but I was stuck with the last 20 pounds that I wanted to take off. I was not sure if I was having a relapse or what, but I was just always tired. I had read where Exoslim, a supplement that helps people lose weight, also helps people with their energy levels, so I decided to purchase some.

I did go online first to read more about it first. I wanted to be sure that what I was putting in my body was okay to do so, especially after what happened after I took the steroids. Continue reading I Finally Lost the Rest of My Weight

Chapstick Addiction – Are You Addicted to Chapstick?

Chapstick is a registered trademark of a type of lip balm manufactured by Pfizer consumer Healthcare. The brand has become so popular that the term chapstick is used as a generic term to refer to any lip balm or lip gloss packaged in a lipstick style tube. Chapstick addiction or lip balm addiction refers to a psychological addiction which leads one to get nervous when they realize they haven’t carried the lip gloss. One of the habits that indicate one is addicted is the frequent act of reaching out for their lip balm.

Chapstick Ingredients

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Chapstick or lip balm is made of the following ingredients; camphor, arachidyl propionate, carnauba wax, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, cetyl alcohol, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, isopropyl lanolate, fragrance, lanolin , isopropyl myristate, phenyl trimethicone , light mineral oil, methylparaben, oleyl alcohol, octyldodecanol, paraffin, white wax , propylparaben, titanium dioxide and propanol. The list is not exhaustive because different brands will have more ingredients. The ingredients stated are the general ones found in a regular chapstick tube.

 

Chapstick Addictive Ingredients

Is chapstick addictive? This is a common question that has conflicting answers. Most manufacturers insist that their products don’t have any addictive ingredients whereas some users claim they have fallen to the addiction of the chapstick. The ingredients that cause this addiction are said to be the ones that don’t solve the problem of dryness. It is good to note here that the chapstick addiction does not refer to chemical addiction but it refers to the psychological addiction. Some of the ingredients that lead to addiction are camphor, menthol and phenol which give a soothing feeling but don’t solve the dryness issue. This will read to a vicious cycle of applying the lip gloss to get relief. Other ingredients that lead to addiction are Silicone oil, some type of fragrance and Salicylic acid. These ingredients either lock out moisture or suck moisture from your lips. This will lead to the constant need to re-apply the lip balm.

 

Chapstick Addiction Quiz

These are questions which aim to help a chapstick user know whether they are addicted to the lip gloss or not. These are usually yes or no answers. Some of these questions are:

  • Do you always carry chapstick wherever you leave the house?
  • Do you feel compelled to reach for your chapstick wherever you see someone else applying lip balm on their lips?
  • Do you feel that chapstick relieves stress?
  • Do your friends tease you on your use of the chapstick?
  • Do you consider yourself addicted?

There are many chapstick addiction quizzes you can access from the internet. If your answer to most of the addictive question is yes, then you are addicted to the lip gloss.

 

Chapstick Addiction Cure

All cures of chapstick addiction are simple and easy to implement. The need of chapstick is brought about by dry and chapped lips. One of the easy ways to counter this is to drink enough water. Apart from drinking water, you can take fruits and veggies rich in water to supplement the water you drink.

Another easy remedy is to avoid licking your lips. Saliva dries your lips leading to the need of applying the chapstick. It will be a challenging behavior to break because it is unconscious especially if you were used to a tasty flavored chapstick.

Include greens in your meals. Greens like spinach and lettuce are known to reduce skin and lip dryness. These greens increase cells turnover and they keep the skin supple thus deterring dryness.

Exfoliate while showering. This is an easy process that you can include when taking your shower. You simply take a soft cloth and buff off dry skin in a circular motion. This process is recommended when showering because when showering your lips get damp hence making the process easier.

You can also change from wax based products to petroleum based products. The petroleum based products are effective because they help trap moisture thus reduce the chances of your lips getting dry.

 

Chapstick Addiction Anonymous

Just like other forms of addiction, there are support groups that have been formed to help those who are suffering from chapstick addiction. There are many such anonymous groups online that give addicts an avenue to share information. Chapstick addiction anonymous online groups’ helps addicts to understand their condition and they are able to access valuable information that will help them overcome the habits.

Useful citations

  • http://www.allthetests.com/quiz09/quiz/1091815917/Chapstick-Addiction-Quiz
  • http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/are-you-addicted-lip-balm
  • http://www.lipbalmanonymous.com/

Sex Addiction – Forms and Phases of Compulsive Sexual Behaviour

Sex addiction is a global problem today. It affects very many people. Other addictions include: addiction to alcohol, gambling, drugs, and food as well. Many people view this specific addiction as ‘strange’ when compared to other ‘normal’ addictions like alcohol and drugs. This is because there may not be any visible effects of sex addiction, like it is the case for the other types. If one has an alcohol addiction, for instance, it’s very easy to tell, even from subtle things like the smell of alcohol. It is not easy to identify a person with an addiction to sex.

Definition of Sex Addiction

Addiction to sex is best defined as compulsive behavior where sex is involved, which leads to disruption in normal everyday living. Sex addiction is also referred to as sexual dependency or sexual compulsion. No matter what label it is given, this behavior ultimately characterizes an individual’s life.

 

Effects of Sexual Addiction

To sex addicts, sex becomes a priority and this could lead to strain on relationships with people in the family, friends, and other people too. It may also affect one’s efficiency at work, as well as how one relates to their colleagues. The people and the things closest to someone come second, while sex takes first place. Sex slowly becomes the center of who they are. They will give up everything else to engage in this behavior that is not only unhealthy, but is also shameful in most cases. Sex addiction is usually secretive, and that makes it even the more difficult for the addicts to stop as they cannot own up.

 




Forms of Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction has many facets, thus cannot be defined based on only one behavior. When all or some of these behaviors have become characteristic of an individual’s life, then the person can be said to be addicted to sex:

  • compulsive masturbation
  • compulsive relationships where sex is involved
  • pornography
  • prostitution
  • exhibitionism
  • voyeurism
  • indecent phone calls
  • child molesting
  • incest
  • rape
  • Internet pornography
  • cybersex

 

The Phases of Sexual Addiction

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It is really mind-boggling that sex addiction makes the deepest form of human intimacy become something so shameful and embarrassing, by all standards. There are four phases in the cycle of this very addictive behavior:

  • Preoccupation

In this phase, a person will be completely engrossed in sexual thoughts.

  • Ritualization

This is the second phase where the addict’s own special routines lead up to the sexual behavior. The ‘ritual ‘ intensifies the preoccupation, adding arousal and excitement.

  • Compulsive Sexual Behavior

During this phase, the individual actually performs the sexual act. The individual is not able to control his behavior, and it’s impossible to stop at this point.

  • Despair

This phase immediately follows the performance of the sexual act. The addict gets a feeling of utter hopelessness, after performing the sexual act.

 


Overcoming sex addiction is not the easiest thing. For an addict to fully recover from this shameful, secretive behavior, they must seek help from medical practitioners, and be co-operative. A very strong will is required to fight the addiction, and to bounce back even in times of relapse. Despite being extremely hard, overcoming addiction is very much possible.

Addiction… A Disease or Dis – Ease?

The Disease of Addiction

Addiction manifests itself in many forms and there are many different types of addiction that are recognized in today’s society. Some of the more common addiction types are formed when a person becomes dependent on alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex or any other compulsive or pathological behaviors. In this article we will be looking at addiction as  a disease, the different stages of the disease including treatment, the addiction cycle and the wheel of change.

The following video serves as a good introduction to understanding addiction and substance use disorder and starting with the actual addiction definition, sets up this page nicely.

 

Various theories about drug addiction, alcoholism and addiction in general have emerged over the times and the most commonly accepted one happens to be the Disease Model.

Addiction basically is a disease that has certain causes, symptoms, and that can be treated in certain ways. Moreover, the disease also has different stages, starting from the adaptive or early stage and right till relapse. In between this there are other stages, the middle, the final or late stage and the treatment stage.

The term “Disease” is not popularly used these days since it creates an impression of being unwashed or dirty. However, it is important to understand its relation to the addiction terms. It is “Dis – Eased”, which suggests a mind which is “Not at Ease.”

The following video shows just how powerful this disease of addiction really is.

 

Though it is not totally necessary to describe each of the stages, understanding them would surely be helpful.

In this article I hope to describe the signs and symptoms of each stage in the addiction process as well as exploring some treatment options.

  1. Adaptive, Early or the Starting Stage
  2. The Middle Stage
  3. The Late or Final Stage
  4. Addiction Treatment
  5. Relapse or Returning to Drug Abuse or Drinking

 

1. The Early or Starting Stage of Addiction

The symptoms of the early or the starting stages of alcoholism or addiction are an increased tolerance towards the drugs or the alcohol. The body also starts getting adapted to these substances, but these physical changes might not be noticeable.

As there is an increase in tolerance, the addict is able to consume larger quantities of drug or alcohol, and still there is hardly any effect and the person can continue to function quite normally. This tolerance is not a result of the addict taking too much drugs or drinking too much alcohol, but because the addict can now consume a greater quantity owing to the physical changes that his or her body is now experiencing.

It is not easy to detect the beginning stage. As far as appearance is concerned an addict might easily be able to take a large quantity of drugs or drink lots of alcohol, and yet there will be no noticeable signs of intoxication, hangovers or any other ill-effects. It is difficult to differentiate between a starting stage addict and a non-addict who might drink heavily or might consume drugs only occasionally.

Even while at work there will hardly be any noticeable impact of the drugs on the addict’s conduct or performance, so even here it is very difficult to identify. In the early stage the addict will not notice any problem arising from his or her drug or alcohol dependence and thus if anybody would make attempts to show him or her possible side effects, he or she would likely laugh it off. The addict does not even have any idea of what is happening within his or her body.

The video directly below explains the stage of early addiction.

 

2. The Middle Addiction Stage

Though there is not a very big difference between the beginning and the middle addiction stage, but certain characteristics certainly hint at the beginning of a new stage.

The benefits or pleasures that the addict was so long deriving from taking drugs or alcohol is now replaced by some destructive aspects. Earlier taking drug or drinking alcohol was just to enjoy a high but now it is taken to bear and fight the difficulties and pain and that earlier drinking and drug consuming has resulted in.

Dependence is one of the noticeable symptoms of the middle stage. The body of the addict starts getting used to a higher amount of drugs in the starting stage. Together with getting used to higher amount of drugs, the body starts displaying withdrawal symptoms when it does not get alcohol or drugs.

Craving is yet another characteristic that is noticeable in the middle stage. The drug or alcohol addicts, at this stage, have developed a strong urge towards taking drugs or alcohol, and controlling this urge becomes very difficult. With the tolerance and physical dependence of the addict increasing it becomes almost impossible for the addict to control taking drugs or drinking alcohol, and he or she keeps on craving the same.

Losing control is the middle stage’s third noticeable characteristic. The addict is no more able to limit his or her alcohol consuming or drug taking times, places and patterns to an extent that is socially acceptable. It is due to the decrease in tolerance and increase in withdrawal symptoms that the addict now suffers from. It now becomes difficult for the addict to handle high amount of alcohol or drugs as he or she earlier could, but still needs a higher amount just to avoid withdrawal.

Blackouts are also one of the characteristics of the middle stage. The addict or alcoholic, as you might be assuming, does not pass out while taking drugs or alcohol. The addict does function very normally but fails to remember what he or she had seen or done. It becomes difficult for the addict to remember these things because his or her brain either stored memories improperly or did not store it at all. Such blackouts might also be seen in the beginning stages of addiction.

In the middle stages the harm starts getting noticed. The addict has to fight withdrawal symptoms, lack of control and cravings. Even during work it becomes quite evident because of: being absent regularly, poor performance, improper behavior with other workers, lack of concentrations, accidents, improper demeanor and overall appearance, and a higher sick leave usage. At this point the addict might have to suffer from disciplinary action in his or her workplace.

The video directly below explains the stage of middle addiction.

 

3. The Late or Final Stage of Addiction

At the final deteriorative or the late stage the damage that the body suffered owing to the toxic effects of alcohol or drugs clearly gets noticed, and the addict now starts suffering from many different health concerns. It definitely is the most disturbing and difficult stage of addiction.

In the final stages the addict might be seriously ill, might always be mentally confused, or might keep on taking drugs or alcohol too frequently. The regular consumption of drugs or alcohol largely affects the vital organs of the addict and owing to this the addict now suffers from various psychological and physical problems. The ability of the addict’s body to fight diseases or health problems lowers greatly, and he or she suffers from an extremely unstable mental condition.

There are various health problems that the drug and alcohol addict starts suffering from at this stage and some of them are kidney failure, heart failure, hepatitis, fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, malnutrition, brain damage, pancreatitis and infections in the respiratory system. Some of these health problems are reversible.

Even after knowing about the various side effects and difficulties that regular consumption of drugs or alcohol can bring about, why does an addict or alcoholic still continues with his or her ways? The answer here is very simple. When in the beginning stages, the tolerance of the addict is increasing, and this makes him her believe that he or she is not at all sick. When the addict reaches the middle stage he she starts getting dependent on alcohol or drug without even realizing. All that the addict knows is if he or she continues taking drug or alcohol then he or she will not have to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. So just to avoid the troubles and pain of withdrawal the addict keeps continuing with his or her addiction. When the addict actually reaches the final stage he or she mostly is irrational and does not even have the ability to decipher what is actually happening.

Together with suffering from the effects the various changes brings about, the addict also has to face the strongest outcome of addiction, which is denial. The addict never agrees to the fact that he or she has a problem, and in fact he or she will most likely deny the fact. Now, this denial has a very important role to play. If he or she agreed to the fact the there is a problem, he or she would probably ask for help when suffering from the various consequences that taking drugs or drinking alcohol brings about. Though denial cannot be said to be a physical disorder or one of the physical symptoms of addiction, but it definitely does describe the way the addict thinks or behaves, and is indeed real.


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