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Who Benefits Most From Drug Counseling?

Who Benefits Most From Drug Counseling?

Posted on July 22nd, 2014

Treatment programs for opioid addiction sometimes include group or individual counseling sessions in addition to medication and other forms of care. According to the results of a large-scale, federally sponsored project called the Prescription Opioid Addiction Treatment Study (POATS), this counseling does not seem to do much good. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of U.S. researchers reexamined POATS in order to clarify these findings. The researchers concluded that drug counseling does work for some opioid-addicted patients/clients when these individuals actively stick to their overall program regimen.

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Which People Have Highest Odds of Quitting Drinking?

Which People Have Highest Odds of Quitting Drinking?

Posted on July 18th, 2014

People with serious drinking problems may have overlapping symptoms of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, symptoms related only to non-addicted abuse or symptoms related only to alcoholism. After trying to quit, many of these individuals experience a short- or long-term relapse back into active alcohol consumption. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of American and Spanish researchers used data gathered from a large-scale U.S. project called the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) to determine if it’s possible to predict which people affected by alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism have the highest chances of trying to quit drinking and successfully establishing drinking abstinence.

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Ways to Help a Loved One Avoid Relapsing

Ways to Help a Loved One Avoid Relapsing

Posted on July 17th, 2014

After the hard work of addiction recovery your loved one is ready to come home. You are looking forward to having them back and putting life on a forward trajectory. However, at the same time, there may be a concern in the back of your mind. Fear of potential relapse could be casting a shadow over your bright hopes for the future.

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How To Treat Doctors With Addiction

How To Treat Doctors With Addiction

Posted on July 16th, 2014

Addiction is a problem for many people, but for doctors struggling with addiction, the issue is multiplied. Doctors have many risk factors for addiction and for many reasons are less likely to admit to having a problem or to ask for help. The consequences for a doctor treating patients while intoxicated or going through withdrawal could be disastrous. A doctor with an addiction is a unique situation. He or she requires special attention and care to help both the addict and to prevent harm to patients.

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What Is The Link Between an Empty Nest and Depression?

What Is The Link Between an Empty Nest and Depression?

Posted on July 15th, 2014

Middle-age is a time of life that brings change for many parents. One of those changes happens when a young adult moves out of the family home. Some parents experience what’s been dubbed “empty nest syndrome,” an informal term for the sadness, grief and loneliness felt after a child leaves home. For some, these negative feelings can persist and make them vulnerable to developing depression.

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Working Toward a Successful Recovery From Addiction

Working Toward a Successful Recovery From Addiction

Posted on July 14th, 2014

Even with all of the right tools in place, individuals with addiction often find themselves relapsing soon after completing a treatment program for substance abuse. Relapse is a common occurrence, and those attempting to cease using drugs or alcohol can become discouraged as they find themselves in a seemingly endless cycle of recovery and relapse.

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Sexual Shame and Its Impact on Addiction

Sexual Shame and Its Impact on Addiction

Posted on July 12th, 2014

Shame is the feeling of being inherently flawed, defective, and unworthy of love. Sexual shame occurs when this belief is fostered by traumatic sexual experience, usually in either childhood or adolescence (but also in adulthood). This trauma can be overt, covert, or even societal in nature. In other words, people who are sexually abused nearly always carry around a great deal of sexual shame, as do people who feel icky about too much trust and affection (even when that doesn’t turn overtly sexual), as do kids who are societally denigrated because they are gay, bisexual, gender dysphoric, etc.

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How Addiction Impacts the Family

How Addiction Impacts the Family

Posted on July 11th, 2014

When it comes to addiction, we often think most about the addict. He is struggling with a chronic illness that is incredibly difficult to treat. He has likely suffered in many ways, including health consequences, financial problems, job loss and/or other impacts on his life. But what about his family? How does addiction impact parents, children, siblings and everyone else close to the addict?

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Don’t Let Children Moving Back Home Derail Your Recovery

Don’t Let Children Moving Back Home Derail Your Recovery

Posted on July 10th, 2014

After finishing college or graduate school, many young adults find themselves unable to get a job in their field of expertise. Stuck with low-paying internships or waiting tables while they figure out their next move, it is common for these young adults to move back home to save on rent. A clash of cultures is inevitable, but what happens when you’re in recovery and your adult child is actively using? Worse yet, what if you can see the tell-tale signs of addiction in your own home, in your own child?

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Aerobic Exercise Boosts Alcoholism Treatment

Aerobic Exercise Boosts Alcoholism Treatment

Posted on July 9th, 2014

Doctors and public health officials have long noted the benefits of aerobic exercise for the average person’s mental and physical well-being. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, researchers from five U.S. universities explored the benefits of aerobic exercise for people affected by alcoholism. These researchers concluded that aerobic exercise can substantially improve the drinking behaviors of such individuals and also increase the effectiveness of primary alcoholism treatment.

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7 Tips for Staying Positive in Recovery

7 Tips for Staying Positive in Recovery

Posted on July 8th, 2014

Getting clean and sober is a tremendous accomplishment. It takes time and effort, and sometimes a fair amount of pain and struggle. But over time, the struggle fades and the day-to-day living becomes routine once again—you regain enough trust from your family to go back to functioning in the new normal way. You get your 90 meetings in 90 days completed. You regain some respect at work. Life goes on.

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Pleasure Predicts Alcoholism

Pleasure Predicts Alcoholism

Posted on July 4th, 2014

“A few of us are meeting for drinks after work. . . .”

Undoubtedly you have heard this or a similar invitation, especially if you are single, somewhere in your mid-twenties or mid-thirties, and you are holding down a good job.

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Young Adults Seemingly Unaware of Dangers of Driving High

Young Adults Seemingly Unaware of Dangers of Driving High

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

A study conducted through the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a troubling look at the cavalier attitude some young people have toward marijuana use and driving. The study surveyed 315 college freshmen hailing from two separate state institutions in Washington and Wisconsin. Of those surveyed, one out of five told researchers that they had used marijuana within the past 30 days.

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Classic ‘Man’s Man’ Likely to Drink More, Study Finds

Classic ‘Man’s Man’ Likely to Drink More, Study Finds

Posted on July 2nd, 2014

Masculinity is a general term for the personal and social attributes attributed to teenage boys and men. As is true with other societies throughout the world, many young men in the U.S. feel the need to fulfill common social expectations for masculine behavior. In a study published in May 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from Canada’s University of Western Ontario examined the impact that a classically masculine outlook has on the beliefs that young men hold about alcohol use, in addition to examining masculinity’s impact on the odds of participating in heavy episodic drinking, also known as binge drinking.

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