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Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ ‘Dracula’ Salary Delayed Due to Addiction

Celebrity status and addiction appear to be natural bedfellows, and in many cases the problem is allowed to continue unchecked until the individual reaches a breaking point. In some cases, the one “rock bottom” moment is enough to shock the star into making a concerted effort to get better. In the case of Jonathan Rhys …

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Ritual Prevention Therapy Good Addition to OCD Treatment

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a potentially debilitating mental health condition that centers on unpleasant, repetitive mental fixations, as well as ritualistic behaviors designed to reduce the potency of those fixations. Doctors commonly try to control the symptoms of OCD with antidepressant medications called SSRIs; however, these medications fail to produce an adequate benefit in substantial …

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Naltrexone in High Doses Best for Opioid Addiction Treatment

Naltrexone is the name of a medication that counteracts the effects of opioid narcotic drugs and medications inside the brain and body. Doctors commonly use the medication to help opioid-addicted people stay drug-free during recovery. In a study published in November 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, an American research team assessed the …

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Risky Alcohol Use in Teens: It’s Nature and Nurture

It’s a well-known fact that alcoholism runs in families, and for years scientists have been trying to single out which genes and which environments have the greatest impact on alcohol dependence. Recently, certain genes have been identified, but alcoholism is a complex condition that involves an interaction between genetic and environmental factors. One interaction that …

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International Increase in Suicides Caused by Worldwide Economic Crisis?

In September the online open-access medical journal BMJ published a report prepared by a group of researchers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United Kingdom who had collected and analyzed information about suicide rates in more than 50 countries. These mental health statisticians were interested in finding out if there had been any noticeable increase …

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When Do the Holiday Blues Become Something Major?

The holidays are often escorted by the holiday blues, so do not feel alone with this winter funk. But how do you know if you’re feeling a seasonal condition or a more lasting depression? “Comparing the holiday blues to a depressive disorder is like comparing a cold to pneumonia,” says Robert Hales, chairman of the …

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Science Unsure Whether Internet Gaming Is a Mental Disorder

Internet gaming disorder is the name of a proposed mental health condition designed to give mental health professionals the ability to diagnose a dysfunctional, addictive pattern of playing video games, especially games played over the Internet. Tentatively, it belongs to a group of disorders known as behavioral addictions or process addictions. The American Psychiatric Association …

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Return to Dust: Bane of the ’70s, PCP Now a Supporting Player in the Saga of Aaron Hernandez

This post has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the criminal case against Aaron Hernandez. The powerful street drug PCP, largely unheard of since its violent heyday in the 1970s, may go higher profile as the saga of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez continues to unfold. Hernandez, already charged with murder …

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Yoga at Promises Scottsdale

Child Pose; Chaturanga; Downward-Facing Dog; Warrior One; Warrior Two; Tree Pose; Savasana. These are yoga terms that guests at The Sundance’s treatment center become familiar while in treatment. During rehab yoga is a part of the natural recovery program that targets healing the mind, body, and spirit of our guests. The benefits of yoga can …

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The Dangers of Process Addictions

Addiction has long been limited to the abuse of chemical substances that leads to physical and emotional dependence. While still debated by some experts, many now agree that there are indisputable similarities between traditional substance addictions and what are called process addictions. These are addictions to any kind of activity or behavior, and do not …

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