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Can I Get Addicted to Marijuana?

As more voters decide to make recreational marijuana legal, its safety naturally comes into question. At the top of the list is the question of addiction. Marijuana has long been considered non-addictive, especially when compared to drugs like heroin or cocaine, but is that really true? You may be surprised to hear that you can …

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Strength of Therapeutic Alliance Key in Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that the strength of a client/therapist bond called the therapeutic alliance significantly impacts the success of treatment for borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often treated with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a form of psychotherapy specifically intended to reduce suicidal behavior in people affected …

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Getting Loud About Facing Addiction

It’s billed as “the day the silence ends.” On Oct. 4, top-name performers, political leaders, and tens of thousands of people who care about resolving a public health crisis that kills 350 daily will converge on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the UNITE to Face Addiction rally. Staged by the nonprofit group Facing …

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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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