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Alcoholism in Men: What You Need to Know

September 20, 2016

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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Changing Your Outlook: How CBT Works

November 21, 2015

Many addiction treatment centers incorporate some form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) into their treatment plans. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a technique based on the theory that changing a person's thought patterns can help them change their behavior. Originally developed to help recovering alcoholics avoid relapse, this therapeutic technique has since been adapted to address a wide range of disorders and behaviors. CBT has proven to be particularly effective as a component of addiction treatment. It helps patients establish positive thought patterns, it teaches them how to resist peer pressure, and it's one of the most cost-effective forms of treatment. The…

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Diagnosed With Substance Use Disorder…Now What?

November 18, 2015

With any diagnosis comes hope for recovery, but for those on the outside looking in, it can be difficult to know how to react. If you have a loved one, a co-worker, or a friend who has been diagnosed with a substance use disorder, you may have questions about the diagnosis or the disorder, and you may be wondering how you can offer support. This guide is for you. What is a Substance Use Disorder? A substance use disorder is diagnosed when the use of alcohol or drugs - or both - causes significant impairment, including health issues, serious relationship…

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The Consequences of Addiction

November 16, 2015

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the circuitry of the brain and has social, psychological, biological, and spiritual consequences. But many addicted people are seemingly apathetic towards these consequences. This is largely due to the impaired executive functioning of the brain caused by addiction, which skews perceptions, interferes with emotional responses, and causes problems with judgment, all of which reduce the ability to recognize destructive behaviors and identify significant problems with interpersonal relationships. Denial is Central to Addiction According to addiction and codependency expert Darlene Lancer, denial is a core symptom…

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Reasons to Choose a Florida Model Treatment Facility

November 13, 2015

If your loved one has a severe drug or alcohol addiction, chances are you're looking into long-term residential treatment for him. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this type of treatment involves 24-hour care during a 6- to 12-month stay in what's known as a therapeutic community. In addition to treating the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of addiction, these treatment communities view addiction in the context of social and psychological deficits and focus on helping people with addictions develop a sense of personal responsibility and accountability and lead enjoyable and socially productive lives. The Florida Model is…

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Quitting Nicotine: What to Expect and How to Make it Easier

November 11, 2015

The World Health Organization defines withdrawal syndrome as a collection of symptoms of various types and with varying degrees of severity that occur when someone stops using a psychoactive substance that they've taken for a long period of time or in high doses. The WHO indicates that withdrawal syndrome for any given substance is the defining characteristic of a dependence on that substance. The withdrawal syndrome for any given substance runs a typical course over a particular time frame. The severity of the symptoms and their duration depend on the type of substance and the amount that's in the body…

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Reverse Tolerance and Drug Sensitization

November 9, 2015

Drug sensitization, or reverse tolerance, is the opposite of developing a tolerance to drugs or alcohol. Alcohol Tolerance occurs when regular drinking or drug use causes changes in the brain's function and structures, and the metabolism adapts to the regular presence of drugs in the body. As a result, it takes increasingly higher doses of a psychoactive substance to get the same effects that a smaller dose produced before, according to HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol. Reverse tolerance, on the other hand, occurs when it takes smaller doses of a drug to become intoxicated. What Causes Reverse Tolerance? According to…

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What is a 12-step Program and Does it Work?

November 6, 2015

Most people have heard of some of the popular 12-Step programs used in addiction recovery; however, not everyone knows what these programs are really about. A 12-step program is made up of a set of guiding principles that define a course of action for handling problems such as drug addiction and alcoholism. The 12 steps have been proven to be an effective complement to standard addiction treatment, and most recovery programs encourage clients to take part in a 12-step group during and after rehab. Understanding the 12 Steps For participants in a 12-step program, the first step in the process…

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K2, Spice and Weed: Understanding Synthetic Marijuana

October 30, 2015

Synthetic marijuana goes by a variety of names: K2, spice and fake weed are just a few of the most popular terms. While K2 may be marketed as a safe and legal alternative to pot, this synthetic drug is far more dangerous and can even be deadly. Despite federal attempts to ban K2 from gas stations and other store shelves, the drug remains readily available. State legislators are trying to crack down on this growing drug problem; in fact, New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan declared a public health emergency in 2014 in response to a rash of overdoses in the…

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The Relationship Between Manic Depression, Suicide & Addiction

October 28, 2015

If you have a loved one with manic depression who also suffers from a substance use disorder, you probably know all too well the self-destructive behaviors associated with these co-occurring illnesses, including an increased risk of attempted suicide. The most important thing you can do to help your loved one is to understand how manic depression, addiction, and suicide are related and what the research says about the best way to treat someone with these co-occurring disorders. Once you arm yourself with this information, you'll likely find a renewed sense of hope, and that alone can help both you and…

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