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Month: October 2014

Addiction Recovery and “The Anonymous People”

A film has made the rounds in the recovery community, touting the importance of choice in declaring one’s status as a “Friend of Bill W,” as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been euphemistically called for decades. A secret handshake of sorts has linked those who spend hours a week in rooms where they find support and …

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Cocaine Adulteration and Risks for Dangerous Infection

Manufacturers of the illegal street drug cocaine commonly cheapen or adulterate their products with other substances in order to save money and make their drug supplies go farther. Since roughly 2003, one of the substances most frequently added to cocaine has been levamisole, a medication banned from human use in the United States. Cocaine users …

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Why Synthetic Marijuana Harms Brain More Than Pot

Synthetic marijuana is a chemical-plant material mixture that contains synthetic cannabinoids, manmade compounds designed to reach the brain through the same pathway as the main cannabis/marijuana ingredient THC. One of the potential consequences of using synthetic cannabinoids is the onset of psychosis symptoms highly similar to those found in people with the severe mental illness …

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Words to Avoid When Talking About Addiction

There are some common words that we all associate with addiction. Whether you have a connection to addiction or not, you probably recognize words like junkie, clean, dirty, sober, abuse and addict. Words like junkie and dirty carry obviously derogatory connotations and can be stigmatizing, but experts say that even some of the other common …

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Renowned Tech, Sex and Addictions Expert Robert Weiss to Conduct Advanced Clinical Training Classes in London

On Nov. 10 and 11 in London, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, renowned psychotherapist in the areas of tech, sex and addiction, and founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, will present advanced training on complex sexual addiction and recovery issues, including the effect of digital technology on sex and relationships.

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