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Screening Questions Help Primary Care Physicians Detect Substance Abuse

Primary care practitioners seldom encounter medical conditions they can’t identify. Backed by precise diagnostic tools such as X-ray machines, MRI scanners, computerized tomography and DNA testing, 21st century doctors, nurses and physician’s assistants are able to uncover a broad range of diseases, injuries, syndromes and conditions. But despite modern medicine’s many advances, detecting substance abuse…

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Bullied Teens Seek Comfort in Alcohol, Drugs

Being the target of bullying is a serious problem for many of today’s teens.  It can lead to significant emotional pain and trauma, and isn’t something that a teen merely needs to “get over.” The emotional impact of bullying can leave lasting scars.  Sadly, some teens turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to…

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The Signs of Alcoholic Denial

Today many treatments for alcohol addiction are available and recovery is possible. The bad news is that in order to become well, the person affected must admit that a problem exisits. Denial presents the greatest obstacle to recovery. By it, a person insulates themselves from any need to change. The first form of denial is…

Physical Versus Psychological Addiction

Addiction includes more than substance dependency. The term encompasses behaviors as well. Addiction is present when a person has lost control over their use of a substance or their own actions. When a person’s thoughts become consumed with using or behaving to the extent that most of their mental and physical energy is spent pursuing…