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Why Doctors Dread Treating Addicts

When patients fill out an information sheet at a doctor’s office, they are typically asked if they ever had a problem with drugs or alcohol. If you answer “yes,” you probably hope or expect that the doctor will be knowledgeable about the disease of addiction.

Professionals Treatment at Promises Welcomes New Executive Director

SallyAnn Cross, LCSW, joins Professionals Treatment at Promises as executive director. Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014 – Professionals Treatment at Promises welcomes SallyAnn Cross, LCSW, as its executive director. In this role, Ms. Cross will oversee the addiction treatment program for professionals as well as collate systems and processes and streamline quality assurance …

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The Secret to Happiness? Drinking Less Alcohol.

Men who moderate their alcohol intake generally lead happier, more fulfilling lives, a 75-year long Harvard study shows. In 1938, the Grant Study set out following 268 Harvard undergraduate men in order to determine what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. Dr. George Vaillant, who directed the extensive and detailed project for over 30 …

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How Does Alcoholism Damage the Brain?

Alcohol produces its most prominent effects by making significant changes in the brain’s normal chemical environment. In a person with alcoholism, some of these changes persist over time and lead to lasting, disruptive structural and behavioral problems. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal PLOS One, a team of researchers from Spain …

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How Do I Tell a Friend He Has a Drinking Problem?

Seeing a friend spiraling into self-destruction is never a pleasant experience. Not only will you be witnessing somebody you care about hurting him or herself, you’re also thrown into the uncomfortable position of having to decide what to do about it. It might not be the most appealing notion, but real friends look out for …

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Staying Sober When You’re Surrounded by Drugs

By Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW One of the most challenging aspects of getting sober, regardless of your drug of choice, is exposure to drugs and reminders of drug use in daily life. Alcohol, for example, is omnipresent. Characters in movies and television shows are often portrayed with a drink in hand. Advertisements make imbibing seem …

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5 Key Elements of Recovery from Depression and Substance Abuse

For 20 years, I battled with a cycle of depression that went from manageable low moods to periods of isolation and despair. Yet it wasn’t until I had a complete breakdown that I started to challenge my mental health status. When I did, it turned out to be the first step to overcoming depression and …

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Introduction to Self-Guided Mindful Relaxation

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), first pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, is quickly becoming standard practice in addiction recovery programs across the U.S. Initially adapted from Buddhist and yogic meditation and relaxation techniques to support standard psychotherapy as a way to combat and control stress, it’s not hard to connect the dots and understand …

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The Shame Game

Are you playing the shame game? Keeping secrets, hiding a drug problem or disguising alcohol abuse are all warning signs that you could be. And feeling embarrassed, guilty or remorseful will ensure you keep playing. The Negativity of Shame Shame can impact every aspect of your life so it’s important to know how to recognize …

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