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Month: August 2017

Dependent Personality Disorder in Men

By Cynthia Sass (byline) Dependent Personality Disorder is characterized as an excessive reliance on another person to satisfy one’s own emotional and physical needs. There is an overwhelming desire to be taken care of and, essentially, to be told what to do and how to feel about even the simplest things. Making everyday decisions are …

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What’s Really in Cocaine? Dangerous Cutting Agents Used to Extend Profit

Did you know that cocaine is sometimes used for legitimate medical purposes, primarily as a topical anesthetic? Most people don’t know this, because cocaine is mostly used as a recreational drug. When sold to people for recreational purposes, cocaine can be very dangerous. The dangers of using cocaine can include impaired judgement, engaging in risky …

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Firefighters & Addiction: When the Heroes Need Help

Many firefighters struggle with alcoholism or drug addiction. A 2012 study found that 56% of firefighters reported binge drinking in the past month. Other research shows that 29% of firefighters showed possible or probable signs of problematic alcohol use. There is a good explanation for why so many firefighters drink excessively or become addicted to …

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How Is Suboxone Different From Methadone?

Suboxone, which combines the medications buprenorphine and naloxone, is a drug used in medication assisted treatment (MAT) for drug addiction to opiates (like heroin) or opioids (like prescription painkillers). Like suboxone, methadone helps diminish withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings and is used in MAT programs to treat opioid and opiate addiction. Suboxone is somewhat different …

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After Rehab: A Sobriety Plan for Young Adults

By Frank Sanchez, PhD, LMFT, Clinical Director, Promises Young Adults Program Rehab is just the start of the recovery process from a drug or alcohol problem. It’s important to have a plan in place that can help people navigate real life when residential treatment is completed. Recovery for the young adult population is very different …

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Why Young Adults in Recovery Need a Fresh Start

By Frank Sanchez, PhD, LMFT, Clinical Director, Promises Young Adults Program Maggie knew she needed help with her drug problem and advocated to be in rehab, but she was having extreme difficulty with her family members. There was a toxic relationship with her older sister. Her mother had severe mental health issues. Her father tried …

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