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Why We Hurt Ourselves and Others — and How to Stop

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies. Even worse, we aren’t always willing to acknowledge the damage we cause to our own well-being. For example, imagine a man whose upbringing was overshadowed by a parent’s alcoholism. He determined he wouldn’t fall into the same addictive patterns, yet he thinks nothing of drinking daily as an adult. …

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Take These Steps to Beat Your Gambling Addiction

Gambling is a habit that can ruin your life. For most people who gamble, the activity is just a hobby or an occasional form of entertainment. If you have a tendency to be impulsive, seek risks and become addicted, you may find that gambling becomes a bad habit you can’t stop. Before long you find …

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What Are the Best Treatments for Amphetamine Overdoses?

A team of American researchers has identified several treatments that can help people recover from various symptoms of an amphetamine overdose or an overdose triggered by an amphetamine-related substance. Amphetamines are powerful stimulants that can produce a range of serious, severe or life-threatening symptoms related to the onset of an overdose. In a study review …

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Brain Shrinkage Seen in Women With Late-Stage Bipolar Disorder

Recent findings from a team of American researchers point toward a telltale shrinkage in brain size in women who have late-stage bipolar I disorder. Current evidence indicates that the effects of various bipolar illnesses can grow substantially worse over time, and researchers note clear differences between early-stage cases of these illnesses and late-stage cases. In …

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What to Do While Your Spouse Is in Rehab

While your spouse is in rehab for addiction, you may feel helpless and lost, unsure of what to do to help him or yourself. Instead of stewing in sorrow, self-pity or guilt, take action and take steps to heal and to be prepared for his return after rehab. Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict. It …

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The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery

The mindfulness movement has its roots in Eastern philosophies and meditation techniques such as those found in Tibetan Buddhism, Indian yoga and Chinese Taoism. The common thread connecting these philosophies is the idea of slowing down, focusing on the breath, the present moment, and directing one’s attention to the immediate experience of life. The goal …

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