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Month: August 2015

Addiction Specialist Takes Potshot at Alcoholics Anonymous

Are 12-step programs really effective against alcoholism? Dr. Lance Dodes, a psychiatrist who specializes in treatment for substance abuse, claims most emphatically that they are not. His critique appeared in written form in 2014, in a book he co-authored with his son, freelance writer Zachary Dodes, called The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind …

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Integrate Treatment for Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder

Researchers from the University of Connecticut and Elements Behavioral Health find that complex PTSD is not simply a subtype of BPD and suggest the disorders be addressed together. People affected by borderline personality disorder often have diagnosable symptoms of a form of post-traumatic stress disorder called complex PTSD, according to recent findings from the University …

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Do Impulsive Cocaine Users Develop Unusual Brain Changes?

Cocaine is a potent stimulant drug of abuse known for its ability to substantially alter the brain function of heavy and/or habitual users. Some cocaine users have a personality trait called impulsivity, which makes them unusually likely to act in rash or reckless ways. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Drug …

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Marijuana Linked to Hostility, Impulsiveness in Even Casual Users

People who consume the addictive drug marijuana have increased chances of acting in hostile and impulsive ways, the American authors of a new study report. Marijuana is widely thought to reduce one’s chances of acting in aggressive or violent ways. However, according to the results of a study published by a team of American researchers …

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5 Signs That Your Child Is at Risk for Social Media Addiction

If you have a child who is active on social media, you should be aware of the potential for addiction. Anyone can become addicted to using social media, and even more troubling is its association with substance abuse. To protect your child, you need to be aware of the possible harm that these seemingly innocent …

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Addiction as a Problem of Disordered Intimacy

 Two young men who were sexually exploited as children need to own the consequences of their self-destructive behavior. From a distance, Twig and Lenny may seem like they have their lives together. The couple is frequently spotted in designer clothing, stepping out of town cars, sitting VIP in the hottest clubs, partying it up with …

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