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12-Step Programs Work for All Ages, Study Finds

Twelve-step programs are support or mutual-help groups designed, in part, to help people recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol achieve and maintain substance abstinence. For Americans affected by alcoholism and alcohol abuse (alcohol use disorder), participation in these programs is the most common step taken toward outside assistance. Some health professionals worry that …

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No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Overcoming Alcohol Addiction

Addiction to alcohol usually has one of two starting points. Either the person gets involved with alcohol because he or she thinks it makes life more fun, or the person starts drinking in order to dull unpleasant thoughts and feelings. The person who overdrinks in an effort to intensify life usually won’t benefit from the …

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Focusing on ‘The Now’ in Addiction Recovery

By Sean P. Egen If you or someone you love is involved in the recovery process, you understand that one of the biggest challenges can be picturing a life free of the abused substance(s) or behavior. Not wrapping your mind around the concept of a simpler, more fulfilling life lived unburdened by the negative effects …

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Pulses of Light Make Rodents Stop Drinking

Researchers have clearly established that a chemical dependence on alcohol occurs when repeated alcohol use changes the brain’s chemical requirements. However, they have never fully understood how alcohol exposure produces its characteristic alcoholism-related effects. In a study published in late 2013 in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Science, researchers from several U.S. institutions explored the …

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Women Open Doors in Addiction Treatment

The history of addiction and treatment has largely been the realm of men. Addictive substances have been around for thousands of years, and men have mostly been the ones to participate in their consumption. As a result, more men have been addicts throughout history, and required treatment, than women. This does not mean that women …

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ ‘Dracula’ Salary Delayed Due to Addiction

Celebrity status and addiction appear to be natural bedfellows, and in many cases the problem is allowed to continue unchecked until the individual reaches a breaking point. In some cases, the one “rock bottom” moment is enough to shock the star into making a concerted effort to get better. In the case of Jonathan Rhys …

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