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Alcohol and Breast Cancer: Study Reveals New Link

August 22, 2016

Doctors have noted five medical conditions that are of great concern to women: heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases. Scientific research has identified particular risk factors for each disease, which helps inform women about steps they can take to protect themselves. Among the major health concerns they’re facing, breast cancer may be on the minds of women more than any other. This is quite understandable, since it can have far-reaching implications for mental and physical health. It is also second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death for women. Alcohol consumption is estimated to…

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Facts

May 4, 2016

Neonatal abstinence syndrome results when a fetus develops an addiction to opiates. If a mother abuses heroin, oxycodone or other opiate drugs, these drugs pass through the placenta and into the baby's system. When the baby is born and the drug is no longer available, withdrawal symptoms set in as early as one to three days after birth, or up to ten days later, according to Stanford Children's Health. Symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome The symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome may vary, depending on the type of opiate the mother was using, the dosages, the length of time she'd been…

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Dependence vs. Addiction: What’s the Difference?

August 14, 2015

Differentiating between a physical dependence on a substance and an addiction helps determine the best way to handle a loved one's substance abuse. In some cases, a loved one does not actually abuse drugs or alcohol due to an addiction; instead, her body craves the substance or she abuses the drugs due to the physical reactions that occur when she does not use the substance. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (1) says that addiction and dependence have similarities, but they are also very different. What is Dependence? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica (2), physical dependence refers to the tolerance…

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How Does Reinforcement Stimulation Create Addiction?

July 27, 2015

Reinforcement stimulation is a very real factor in our daily lives. Whether prompting us to eat more fast food or develop a debilitating substance abuse problem, reinforced stimuli drive how we live and breathe. When it comes to the world of psychology, reinforcement is a general term that refers to anything that increases the likelihood that the same behavior will repeat itself. A primary aspect of any type of reinforcement is that it has a certain impact on behavior - it will strengthen or increase the behavior in question. Anything that strengthens or increases the frequency of a given behavior…

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Top Tips For Helping Your Spouse to Seek Substance Abuse Treatment

January 30, 2015

Substance abuse treatment can be a life-saver for individuals whose relationship with drugs or alcohol has gotten out of control. It can also be essential for starting the healing process for their families and loved ones. After all, the road to substance abuse and addiction involves not just the addict but everyone they interact with. When Substance Abuse Treatment Becomes Necessary... By the time families and loved ones realize that substance abuse treatment might be a necessary next step, they may feel like they’ve exhausted all of their coping mechanisms: the months or years of confronting or avoiding the problem,…

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Will I get a job after substance abuse rehab?

January 23, 2015

Many women go back to work after substance abuse rehab and have successful careers. You may worry that taking time away from your job to enter rehab might allow your skills to become rusty from disuse. This is far from the truth- in fact, taking the time away to go to a substance abuse treatment centre to tackle your addiction will not only cleanse your body of toxins from alcohol or drugs, but also your overall health and well-being will probably be better and sharper. However, going back to work can lead to some unexpected challenges along the way. Tips…

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What to Expect at Substance Abuse Treatment

January 9, 2015

Substance abuse treatment can seem frightening or intimidating if you are not sure what to expect. If you have never been to a treatment center or if your ideas about what treatment may be like come from media portrayals, take the time to learn what your experience will really be like. The reality is that treatment offers a warm and welcoming environment with the most effective methods of care to help you regain control. The Treatment Center Your substance abuse treatment center will be a clean, safe, warm and inviting place where you can feel comfortable and at ease in…

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5 Things Celebs Have Taught Us About Substance Abuse Treatment

September 24, 2014

Substance abuse treatment is often a hot topic in celebrity news. This actually comes along with some great benefits for the recovery community, as we have been able to learn so much from their experiences. Here are five things famous figures have taught us about substance abuse treatment. 1. Substance Abuse Treatment Takes Time. Substance abuse treatment requires time, hard work and commitment for success. Clients who leave their treatment programs early or only commit to very short periods of time for treatment are usually featured in the headlines soon after for relapse. There is no quick fix or magic…

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Can Substance Abuse Treatment Save My Family?

May 2, 2014

Substance abuse treatment can turn your family life around. If you are struggling with substance abuse and addiction, seek treatment to work on yourself as well as the vital dynamics in your household. Substance Abuse Affects Families It’s so difficult for family members to handle watching and interacting with a loved one who is abusing substances. If you are the person abusing substances in the home, remember that your family cares about you but they also know that the substances have become your top priority. It is a saddening process to watch and it has detrimental effects on you as…

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10 Ways to Achieve Substance Abuse Treatment Success

April 3, 2014

Substance abuse treatment requires more than just showing up for the program activities and therapy in order to be successful. Here are 10 ways to increase your chances of substance abuse treatment success! #1:  Be Honest in Substance Abuse Treatment. Be totally honest during your substance abuse treatment program. Psychotherapy cannot be so effective without the truth and the real facts. Nothing said in treatment is meant to make you feel bad but is designed to help you get better! #2: Get Connected. Make an effort to interact with your substance abuse treatment peers to provide one another with support.…

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