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Does Evidence-Based Therapy Work?

September 27, 2016

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, evidence-based therapy approaches are treatment programs that have been scholarly or scientifically researched and replicated by more than one study for proven effectiveness.1 These types of therapy approaches are used to help make treatment work more effectively for patients, whether or not it's used in conjunction with medication. Measurements of Effectiveness The criterion for the effectiveness of any psychological therapy for addiction treatment is that it leads to a reduction in the use of an addictive substance, plus the patient shows improvements across a range of areas of functioning, such as physical…

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Eating Disorders Among Women

Eating disorders are not a fad. They’re not a phase or even a lifestyle choice. They are serious and complex illnesses that affect both physical and mental health, and they're potentially life-threatening. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 20 million women suffer from an eating disorder, generally stemming from body dissatisfaction.1 NEDA points out that up to 60 percent of girls between the ages of six and 12 are concerned about their weight or worried about becoming too fat, and 46 percent of girls aged nine to 11 are "sometimes" or "very often" on a diet. Of elementary…

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How Alcohol Effects Women

September 22, 2016

While men drink more than women and are addicted to alcohol at a higher rate, women tend to develop an addiction more quickly than men, and the physical and mental health problems associated with chronic alcohol abuse occur more quickly and intensely in women. Women and men differ in a number of ways when it comes to developing an addiction, getting treatment, and recovering for the long-term. How Alcohol Affects Women Differently Than Men When it comes to drinking alcohol, men and women have crucial biological and behavioral differences that govern how they drink alcohol and respond to it, how…

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The 12 Step Program: A Beginner’s Guide

Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the best-known organizations in the world and is the originator of the now-famous and widely used 12-step model of recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous groups and other 12-step fellowships can be found in virtually every corner of the U.S. and in scores of other countries. In many high-quality addiction treatment programs, participating in AA is an integral and essential part of recovery. The Twelve Steps: A Way of Life The Twelve Steps are a group of spiritual principles that act as a clear, actionable guide for a way of life free of addiction. Moving through the steps…

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Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

September 20, 2016

Substance abuse during pregnancy puts the fetus at risk for a wide range of problems that can last a lifetime, including birth defects, behavioral problems and a variety of medical conditions. Different substances cause different problems for fetal development, and understanding how a particular substance can affect a child may be the impetus a mother needs to seek help for a substance use disorder. Alcohol and Pregnancy Almost 9 percent of pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 44 drank alcohol in the prior month in 2011, and 2.7 percent binge drank, or consumed more than four drinks on…

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Alcoholism in Men: What You Need to Know

Men are more likely than women to drink excessively, and they're more likely to develop alcoholism as well. Of the 16.3 million American adults who had an alcohol use disorder in 2014, 10.6 million were men, accounting for 9.2 percent of all men in that age group, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.1 Why Men Are More Susceptible to Alcoholism Than Women Men are about twice as likely as women to develop alcoholism, according to a study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The research attributes the reason to a larger dopamine release in men when…

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The Evolution of Addiction and Treatment Through the Ages

September 15, 2016

The consumption of alcohol, opioids, cannabis and cocaine have roots in ancient history. The Bible references Noah's drinking habits and intoxication, and the use of opium in Syria in the 7th century B.C. is well-documented in ancient medical texts. Ancient Incas living in the Andes three thousand years before Christ chewed coca leaves to counter the physical effects of thin mountain air, and the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung wrote about cannabis in 2727 B.C. The consumption of alcohol, opioids, cannabis and cocaine have roots in ancient history. Addiction has a long, sordid history in the world and in our country.…

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Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Detox

September 8, 2016

No matter how long you've been struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, treatment can help you break free of your addiction and make a fresh start. The process of addiction treatment begins with detox, which allows your body to get rid of the toxins that result from ongoing substance abuse. Detox has many effects and benefits—some are noticeable right away, while others don't reveal themselves until later on in your recovery journey. In this article, we'll look at both the short-term and long-term effects of detox. Understanding the Detox Process To appreciate the various effects of detox, it's important to…

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Societal Pressures Contribute to Eating Disorders

September 6, 2016

Eating disorders are a growing problem in today's society. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia involve distortions in body image and self-esteem that drive women to use food to express a variety of inner conflicts. These disorders generally occur in women, but some men are affected, as well. A number of societal pressures can be linked to the development of eating and food issues. The Psychology of High Achieving Women often experience the pressure to achieve excellence on a number of levels. The family may have a strong internal scripting for achievement that can put tremendous pressure on individuals to do well…

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How Societal Pressures Impact Addiction in Women

September 1, 2016

Several factors are involved when women develop addictions. Physical makeup and psychological reasons related to societal pressures both play a part in substance use and abuse in women. Physically, women are more markedly affected by drugs and alcohol compared to men, so when they use substances for relief from stress, they can become more easily addicted. Women face higher risks at lower levels of consumption than men, due to differences in average weight and metabolisms(1). According to research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, psychological reasons also play a factor in women being more prone to addiction when compared…

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