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Month: August 2009

An Interview with Richard Rogg, Founder of Promises Treatment Centers

Prior to opening Promises Treatment Centers in 1989, Richard Rogg worked in real estate. When he realized that his heart was in the addiction field, he made the switch. “I was very passionate about Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps, and I had a vision of providing the best treatment and environment for people recovering …

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Promises Urges Parents to Watch for Binge-Drinking Issues as Students Start College This Fall

With the increase in college binge drinking and alcohol-related problems, it is imperative for parents to warn their young adults about the dangers of binge drinking before they return to school this fall. Los Angeles, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) August 27, 2009–Binge drinking on college campuses in the United States is on the rise, as are its …

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Study Measures Adolescent Marijuana Use and Perceived Risk

Marijuana use among adolescents is an important element to measure. It is also important to understand their perception of risk when engaging in this activity as it can have a significant impact on their likelihood to engage and the frequency of use. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) released a report: Marijuana …

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Preventing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Beta Blockers

By Colin Gilbert Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that results from a person’s exposure to a terrifying event. Military combat, car accidents, or other near-death experiences are often at the root of the PTSD, which manifests itself in nightmares, cold detachment, or intense flashbacks. Traditional forms of therapy have long been considered …

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Clinical Depression Causes Early Malfunction in Brain’s Reward Center

Clinically depressed people are less capable of finding pleasure in activities they used to enjoy, a recent study shows. Research published in the August 26 issue of the NeuroReport shows reduced brain function in the reward center of the brain in depressed individuals, when compared to healthy subjects. To investigate the effects of depression on …

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Mexico Legalizes Possessing Small Amounts of Drugs; Encourages Treatment

Mexico enacted a controversial law today that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs while encouraging government-financed treatment for addiction free of charge. The Associated Press reports that the law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities will no …

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New Research Identifies Greater Hope for Schizophrenia Patients

While schizophrenia can often be the butt of tasteless jokes, in reality it is a devastating disease for victims and their families. While there is no biochemical test that can identify this disorder, scientists believe that it is caused by the interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. A recent Science Daily piece recently examined …

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