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Unconditional Positive Regard: How a Therapist’s View of a Client Can Affect Treatment

Sitting in a counseling center waiting room, heart pounding, palms moist with nervous perspiration, a client awaited an initial appointment with her therapist. Her husband had told her in no uncertain terms that she needed to engage in treatment to deal with the addictions that had plagued her and beleaguered her family for years, including …

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DMT Abuse in Teens

In terms of substance abuse, teen statistics show that many young people are trying more different types of drugs than ever before. Among these is one called DMT, an abbreviation for dimethyltriptamine. This isn’t exactly a new drug, as it is a natural compound that has been used by natives of the Amazon region for …

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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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How 30 Days Clean Turned Into Five Years

James Swanwick is an Australian-American investor, TV and podcast host, former SportsCenter anchor on ESPN, and Hollywood correspondent. He is the creator of the “30 Day No Alcohol Challenge” that teaches people how to quit alcohol for 30 days. James started a 30-day challenge in March 2010 and kept going. He hasn’t had a drink since. He …

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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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How NOT to Get Someone Into Rehab–Are You Doing This?

  How do you get someone into rehab? You’re not the first person stumped by this question.When a loved one is in the grips of addiction, family and friends often find themselves stuck in a cycle of fear, panic, anger and despair. Desperate for the addict to change, loved ones may try a myriad of …

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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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