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Should Families of Drug Addicts Try Financial Tough Love?

Mark Kerrigan, brother of American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, has been accused of killing his father in an alcohol-induced rage. Kerrigan’s problems with addiction have been ongoing for years, and his parents even sued him for more than $100,000, reportedly to push him toward seeking treatment. John Quinones and Christine Brozyna of ABC.com explore this …

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Six Myths about Prescriptions Drugs

Can you imagine the world without antibiotics? It is not an exaggeration to say that the development of penicillin changed the course of history. Drugs and vaccines have made it possible to treat intractable diseases and even eradicate some of the most devastating diseases. Then there are pain medications. One of the earliest pharmaceutical grade …

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Is Mild Depression a Concern?

Is mild depression a concern? We know that major depressive disorder (MDD), or clinical depression, is a major problem for 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and young adults may be among those most affected. An estimated 3 million 12- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. report they have suffered at …

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Situational Depression vs. Clinical Depression

Depression affects roughly 10% of U.S. adults at some point in their lives. There are several different types of clinical depression or depressive disorders that can be diagnosed and treated, as well as a short-term, more transitory type called “situational depression.” There is an important distinction to be made between situational depression vs clinical depression. …

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Addiction Recovery & the Negative Effects of Not Letting Go

Addiction recovery is a long and involved process for all concerned – not just the addict. But whether you are the addict in recovery, or the family members, friends or co-workers, one thing is certain: there’s no point in continually focusing on the bad memories. That just clouds the situation and makes healing for everyone …

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Coping with Opioid Withdrawal

Misuse can quickly progress to abuse and physical dependency. When you develop a physical addiction to opioids, coping with opioid withdrawal is difficult. Detox symptoms can become painful and overwhelming. Difficulty coping with opioid withdrawal symptoms is a major reason why it’s hard to recover from an opioid addiction without help from a treatment center. …

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Words Used to Describe Substance-Abuse Patients Can Alter Attitudes, Create Stigma

A new study finds that changing the words used to describe someone struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction may significantly alter the attitudes of health care professionals, even those who specialize in addiction treatment. Science Daily reports that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that health professionals’ answers to survey questions about a hypothetical …

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