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Dr. Gabor Maté, Renowned Addiction and Trauma Expert, Joins The Calo Programs Distinguished Council

A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté, is the latest expert to join The Calo Programs Distinguished Council. Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Dr. Gabor Mate’ We share the mission to increase the awareness and understanding of the […]

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Co-Occurring Disorders: Anxiety And Addiction

Anxiety And Addiction: What You Need To Know Though anxiety and addiction are not necessarily linked, having both can cause symptoms of each to worsen, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. In particular, co-occurrence of substance abuse is common for those people affected by social anxiety. Mental illness may be caused by […]

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‘Diseases of despair’: The roles trauma, mental illness and inequity play in the opioid crisis

  Jason Roberts watched his mother die of a brain aneurysm on Christmas Eve when he was just 4 years old. Joe Nickelson’s mom overdosed on cocaine on Halloween when he was 12. She never fully recovered. Tom Johnson lost his dad when he was 10 and fell into a deep depression. All three men […]

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The Nuts and Bolts of Emotional Sobriety

One of the cornerstones of alcoholism recovery is what’s called “emotional sobriety.” The idea is that alcoholics and other addicts, if they hope to stay sober over the long haul, must learn to regulate the negative feelings that can lead to discomfort, craving and—ultimately—relapse. It’s a lifelong project, a whole new way of thinking about […]

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The Rise and Fall of Craving

We can outsmart the relapse tendency if we know how it works. A couple of years ago I came across a paper in Addiction Biology called “Recent updates on incubation of drug craving: a mini-review.” The studies it summarized show that drug craving has a distinct timetable. I want to review and comment on these findings. They can […]

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Dual Diagnosis vs Co-Occurring Disorders. Is There a Difference?

This isn’t a riddle, so let’s be clear right from the start. There is no difference between a dual diagnosis and a co-occurring disorder (COD). They are two different terms for the same condition. Instead of comparing apples and oranges, it’s more like comparing apples and apples. Whatever term you prefer, this condition occurs when a person is […]

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The Chemical of Pleasure: Dopamine

    What is Dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter responsible for a variety of functions in your body. It controls movement, pleasure, pain, emotional responses, and motivation. Your brain also uses dopamine for hormone regulation, motor control, and memory. Creating a balance of dopamine is essential to your mental and physical health. While excess levels […]

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Addiction and Dual Diagnosis: Why Substance Abuse and Mental Health Go Together

By Joe Koelzer     One of the most popular and prevailing myths about addiction is that it’s simply a failure of willpower. Spouses, friends, and family members plead with their loved ones, “Why can’t you just stop using?” Yet the individual with an addiction doesn’t have a good answer, though they’ve asked themselves that same […]

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Is There a Correlation Between Substance Abuse and Suicide?

Click here to view original web page at intheforefront.org As of October 26, 2107, the opioid addiction crisis is officially a nationwide public health emergency. This epidemic is one that touches too many households, and it’s time to have more serious conversations about its impact.When you love someone with an addiction, you’re in constant fear for […]

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Mental illness and addiction, a difficult double diagnosis

Author: Kristin F. Dalton  Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 Click here to view original web page at www.silive.com The existence of both mental illness and a substance abuse problem is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. (Shutterstock) STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — At the crossroads of mental illness and substance abuse treatment are unstable, vulnerable and complex […]

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What is really going on?

Reader beware, there is a graphic image included in this article. Dear Advocates, Addicts, Ambassadors, Grieving Family Members, and Society, Please give me a moment of your time. You see, I knew that the war on drugs was at an all time controversial high point but currently I feel like I really want to throw […]

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What do you do if your spouse has a mental illness?

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