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Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Part 1

Why Me?

Posted on August 30th, 2014

by Carolyn Hughes

There are times when life brings disappointment, adversity and tragedy, and when it does “Why me?” is a natural question to ask. But if “Why me?” has become a regular feature of your thinking, then you could be living with a victim mentality.

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Addiction Affects Everyone

How to Talk to Your Addicted Loved One

Posted on August 30th, 2014

If you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you know how challenging it is to talk to that person. When you try to confront him about his problem you may encounter any number of deflecting techniques: avoidance, anger, guilt, aggression or anything else that prevents you from having a serious and productive conversation. Talking to an addict requires patience, good planning, honesty and sometimes the assistance of a professional. If you need to confront your loved one about his addiction, here are some tips to get you started:

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Binge Drinking Reduces Impulse Control, Increases Risky Sex Behavior

How Do Relationships Influence Young Adults’ Risks for Alcohol Problems?

Posted on August 29th, 2014

In the U.S., young adulthood is associated with high rates of alcohol consumption, as well as high rates of alcohol-related harm. While men drink more often than women, women also have significant risks for such problems. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from two American universities used information from a long-term project called the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to determine how the drinking behaviors of a young adult’s partner in a relationship influence his or her odds of developing alcohol problems a few years later.

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Why Holistic Treatment Should be Considered When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Get Back to Nature to Support Recovery

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Being outside and enjoying nature have great restorative powers. You don’t have to take a weeks-long wilderness adventure to reap the benefits that the great outdoors offers. Simply spending time in a park or working in front of a window with a view of a green space can work wonders for your mind, lower stress and help your recovery. As you work through your recovery and toward the ability to resist cravings and the urge to relapse, make nature a part of your process.

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Aerobic Exercise Boosts Alcoholism Treatment

Helpful Tip: Include Exercise in Your Recovery

Posted on August 27th, 2014

It seems like a simple idea, and maybe like an unnecessary thing to worry about when you have bigger issues to deal with, but exercise could be very important to your recovery from addiction. Some of the latest research into addiction treatment indicates that healthy lifestyle changes can help recovering addicts resist the urge to relapse. Furthermore, exercise as one of those changes can give you a natural high to replace the artificial one you have been chasing. These are just two of the many reasons to include some kind of exercise in your recovery program.

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How Addiction Impacts the Family

Stop Playing the Addiction Blame Game

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Addicts often blame everyone but themselves. To admit having a problem and then taking responsibility for it are both very difficult to do. The truth is that attitude is very important when it comes to addiction recovery and blaming external sources for problems is counterproductive to successful sobriety. Blame never leads to real change. It is simply a way to remove responsibility and complain about a situation without confronting the challenges ahead. For addicts, the blame game is one that desperately needs to be overcome if healing is to happen.

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How to Help Your Kids Understand Addiction

Posted on August 26th, 2014

For children, the concept of addiction as a disease is a tough one. In fact, it’s not always easy for adults to understand either. As a parent it is your job to talk to your kids about addiction if someone in their lives has a substance abuse problem. Whether it is a parent, a sibling or a more distant relative, you have to help your kids try to make sense of what seems so difficult to understand. Start a discussion about addiction at a level that is age-appropriate and then make sure your kids have the necessary coping strategies to deal with having an addict in the family.

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How Does Family History Impact Risk for Drinking Problems?

Posted on August 25th, 2014

All professionals who deal with alcohol-related issues know that a family history of diagnosable alcohol problems can significantly increase a person’s chances of developing his or her own pattern of problematic drinking. However, researchers are still exploring the ways in which such a history manifests in the present. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a team of U.S. researchers used measurements of situations in which people will consider buying alcohol to uncover some of the dysfunctional, alcohol-related behaviors that can pass through generations of families affected by alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism.

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What Are the Key Characteristics of Daily Marijuana Users?

What Are the Key Characteristics of Daily Marijuana Users?

Posted on August 23rd, 2014

Anyone who uses marijuana has a significant chance of developing a diagnosable case of marijuana addiction (known technically as cannabis use disorder). As a rule, the risks for addiction rise sharply in people who use the drug every day or almost every day. In a study scheduled for publication in October 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from two U.S. universities sought to determine if daily marijuana users have certain uniting characteristics. These researchers concluded that habitual users of the drug typically have a few core characteristics in common.

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When You Love an Alcoholic

When You Love an Alcoholic

Posted on August 21st, 2014

When you come to the full realization that your partner is an alcoholic, it’s like a light bulb suddenly turning on. You realize that you can explain his anger, his neglect, his irrational behaviors, his lies and his secrecy. He has a problem. He is an alcoholic. And yet you still love him. You want to stand by him. Maybe it’s for the kids, for the relationship you once had or for other reasons, but standing by and loving an alcoholic isn’t easy. Here are some things to know as you love and support the alcoholic in your life:

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Biological Triggers for Cocaine Relapse Found

 Biological Triggers for Cocaine Relapse Found

Posted on August 20th, 2014

When it comes to treating drug addiction, relapse is arguably the core issue. The initial detoxification phase is challenging, but the threat of relapse continues for a long time afterward, and can easily undo all of the previous hard work. For cocaine in particular, there are problems because there are no medical treatments to work alongside the core psychological care. There have been many initial pieces of research investigating potential pharmacological approaches, but a new study has provided a novel insight into why relapse occurs, and could offer genuine hope for preventing it. Interestingly, the finding concerns the brain’s opioid receptors, even though cocaine is not an opioid drug, and the prime area of focus is a type of amino acid created naturally within the brain.

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Stress Often to Blame for Alcohol Use Disorder

Stress Often to Blame for Alcohol Use Disorder

Posted on August 19th, 2014

Stress is a common fact of everyday life. However, in addition to unavoidable daily stress, some people get exposed to major stressful events that can have a lasting impact on their mental health and well-being. In a study slated for publication in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of New Zealand researchers tracked the impact that exposure to seriously stressful events has on a young adult’s chances of developing alcohol use disorder. The researchers concluded that major stress can substantially increase the odds of experiencing the symptoms of this condition.

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Cocaine Addiction Linked to Genetic Risks for Depression

Posted on August 17th, 2014

Depression is the accepted term for a range of conditions, known technically as depressive disorders, that center on the presence of disruptive, “down” emotional states. There is considerable evidence that at least some of the risk for depression stems from genetic variations that affect the body’s use of a key chemical called serotonin. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from three U.S. institutions conducted testing designed to determine if people affected by cocaine addiction have an unusual susceptibility to genetically based, serotonin-related depression.

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Women Who Have Ever Abused Prescription Drugs Are Riskier Drivers

Women Who Have Ever Abused Prescription Drugs Are Riskier Drivers

Posted on August 16th, 2014

Risky driving is a term used to describe any driving-related behavior that increases your chances of breaking the law, getting involved in a motor vehicle accident or otherwise endangering your health and safety or the health and safety of others. People who participate in this kind of driving frequently die at an earlier age than people who drive safely. In a study published in late 2013 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch investigated whether teenagers and young women who abuse prescription medications have increased risks for participating in risky driving. 

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Potentially Deadly N-Bomb Mimics Effects of LSD

Posted on August 15th, 2014

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has blamed at least 19 deaths since March 2012 on a synthetic drug known as N-bomb. The drug mimics the hallucinogenic and euphoria-inducing effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Its most common street name comes from a series of the chemical ingredients that make it up, N-BOMe, although it is also sometimes referred to as Smiles.

One of the most disturbing features of N-bomb is its apparent ability to attract young people into experimenting with it. All of the 19 confirmed casualties associated with the synthetic drug have been people between the ages of 15 and 29, and N-bomb is known to be used among teenagers as young as middle school age.

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