Brain Function can Recover after a Year of Abstinence from Methamphetamine

A new study shows that it takes at least one year for brain functions to improve in methamphetamine users. It supports the idea that brain function can recover after a year of abstinence from methamphetamine. These findings should help recovering abusers and their families understand that it can take an extended period of time for…

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Risk Factors for Addiction

Addiction is a dangerous and chronic disease that can damage your relationships, physical and mental health, and overall quality of life. All psychoactive substances, including prescription medications and legal substances, have the potential to cause addiction. Like other diseases, addiction becomes progressively worse over time. Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t have a specific known cause, although there…

Depressed or Anxious? Tips to Help You Deal with Depression and Anxiety

According to Mental Health America, depression affects more than 19 million Americans per year. Depression often co-exists with other conditions such as anxiety. Clearly, depression and anxiety are widespread problems in this country, and anyone who suffers from the conditions understands why. Persons suffering from depression and anxiety are often prescribed medications in conjunction with…

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Difference Between CBT and DBT

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) are both effective in treating both mental disorders and drug or alcohol addiction. These evidence-based methods include both individual and group therapy led by a licensed treatment specialist. However, there are some differences between CBT and DBT. Ultimately, Dialectical behavioral therapy is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy.…

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Signs of an Alcoholic

Sometimes we are not the best judge of our own behavior or condition. Such is the case when it comes to gauging our relationship with alcohol. Going on a weekend bender once or twice a year does not necessarily make you an alcoholic. Going on a bender every weekend and sipping a few throughout the…

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Benefits of a Family Program

When addiction occurs in the family, it creates a wide range of problems and conflicts which no one in the home is equipped to handle. Eventually, issues arise that far exceed substance abuse. For instance, neglect, abuse, financial problems, stress, and emotional turmoil take their toll as the family unit disintegrates. For this reason, there…