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How Science is Decoding Addiction and its Impact on the Brain

Even before the Temperance Movement took hold in the early 20th century or the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous shortly thereafter, most people considered addiction to be a moral failing. The thinking assumed that a lack of character and willpower was the spiritual germ that led people to destroy their lives with alcohol, drugs, gambling and […]




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Is There a Difference Between 12 Step and Non 12 Step Programs?

Though the scientific and medical communities came to the same consensus approximately 40 years ago, it bears repeating; addiction is a chronic, sometimes fatal disease that alters the chemistry of the brain. It causes compulsive, drug seeking behavior despite negative consequences or an individual’s intense desire to stop abusing a given substance. Yet, unlike other […]




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What’s the Difference Between CBT and DBT?

Advances in medicine and healthcare, even in the last 50 years, are far too numerous to name. People live longer, healthier lives than at any time in modern history. Treatment for mental health disorders, as well as substance abuse and addiction, have also benefitted from these advances. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are […]




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Suboxone and the Black Market – Why Patients Have to Buy it on the Street

For the estimated 2.2 million Americans suffering an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, federal regulations have it made it difficult to get legal access to a medication that can save their lives. Suboxone eases the physically painful squeeze of opiate addiction when administered properly so patients can start treatment and rebuild their lives. Most […]




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Evidence Based Treatment for Addiction: The Emerging Truth

Society’s understanding and acceptance of addiction as a complex, chronic, relapsing disease of the brain has slowly begun to take hold. As researchers delve deeper into the neuroscience of drug dependence and alcoholism, the clearer it becomes that addiction is not a moral failing or a spiritual defect. Changing an 80-year-old approach to treatment based […]




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Is AA The Next Step After Treatment? Living Sober With 12-Step Facilitation

You put your life on hold for 30-days or more to live in a residential alcohol or addiction treatment center, you got clean, you feel great and you and your family are happy. Is that all there is? Not a chance. If you recovered at a non 12 step treatment facility, chances are good they […]




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You Want To Conquer Your Addiction, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. ~Galileo For many people addicted to drugs or alcohol, treating the causes and symptoms of the addiction will prove to be unsuccessful unless they are a willing participant in their recovery. The first step should always be gaining the recognition and […]




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The Benefits of Journaling and Writing Therapy

First, let’s thank those ancient geniuses for coming up with an alphabet. While they might not have realized it at the time (it was only an experiment after all) writing can be a powerful therapeutic tool to help us examine our feelings, change our behavior and even heal our emotional wounds. Recent data is proving […]




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8 Disorders and 3 Activities that Equine Therapy Benefits

“I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation,” wrote Jane Smiley, an American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner. Her words capture the soothing and restorative affect that horses can have […]




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4 Ways to Ditch Stress For Good with Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Who hasn’t remembered a difficult situation they faced in life, and realized after the fact that their response to it only made matters worse? Or the opposite scenario, which is gazing into the unknown future and feeling anxiety and fear over a situation that hasn’t even occurred yet? Author, Randy Pausch, writes, “No matter how […]




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