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Addiction Treatment Failing Transgender Community

Addiction is a widespread problem among members of the transgender community, but addiction treatment often fails to meet their needs. Despite the fact that an estimated 30 percent of transgender people—quite possibly more—suffer from some form of addiction, many treatment providers are inadequately prepared, or not prepared at all, to successfully treat transgender patients. There …

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A Look Inside the 3 Stages of Addiction

Thanks to a growing body of research, addiction is now understood as an acquired disease of the brain. But it’s a finding that many still have trouble wrapping their minds around. To those on the outside of the illness, addiction seems pretty straightforward: A person indulges too much in a substance that boosts their mood and …

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New Mental Health Finding May Unlock the Secret to 12-Step Success

New research into mental health may explain why the 12-step model for treatment first developed in the 1930s by Alcoholics Anonymous still helps many people find sobriety from drug and alcohol addiction. Studies show, after all, that recovering addicts in 12-step groups are significantly less likely to relapse: those who attend 12-step groups are twice …

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Some BPD Traits Run in Family Bloodlines

Recent findings from a Canadian and American research group indicate that certain traits possibly linked to the onset of borderline personality disorder run within family bloodlines. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is officially defined by the presence of at least five out of nine verified symptoms. However, people with the disorder may also share traits not …

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Illicit Drug Use Among the Elderly Widespread, Overlooked

As the baby boomer generation reaches old age, their drug problems are staying with them, with substance abuse among the elderly becoming an increasingly common concern. When it comes to seniors, the focus is typically on alcohol, prescription drugs, caffeine and nicotine, missing the deceptively common problems with illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin and marijuana. …

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