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The Value of 12-Step Programs and Other Peer Support Groups in Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When your loved one is struggling with a mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder, dual diagnosis treatment is essential to ensuring your loved one receives the care they need to heal from both disorders simultaneously. However, dual diagnosis treatment should go beyond clinical care and invite participation in peer support programs to encourage the best outcomes. […]

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How can Beliefs Influence Addictive Behavior?

Did you know that your beliefs can keep you in an addictive loop? When approached carefully, beliefs can subtly and logically tricked into submission. In fact, beliefs have limitations which can be changed or released when the timing is right. The Power Of Belief The power of belief was described in the book, Pygmalion in […]

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6 Signs Dual Diagnosis Treatment May Be Right For You

When we look at someone who is struggling with substance abuse, we often pin the onus of their addiction to the actual use of the substance itself. However, the actual abuse of drugs and alcohol is more often than not a symptom of a much deeper issue. For those who are struggling with mental disorders and […]

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

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 question a hundred times. […]

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Relax: How CBD Can Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety can stop you from enjoying activities, holding down a job, maintaining relationships, and succeeding in school. By  Julie Godard   Do you ever have the feeling that things just aren’t right? Are you in tears over a job interview or a party? Stress over a job interview or other important event is normal. Being so […]

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“Skittles”

Thirty years ago very little was known about the human psyche. We have come a long way in understanding human brain development and illnesses since that time. However, in today’s age, the new fad is to see how many new names we can design for pre-existing psycho diagnosis. There is a new prognosis for everything […]

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20 ways to reduce anxiety and live a happier life

1  Take slow, deep breaths A lot of people have a tendency to either breathe too much or not enough under extreme stress. A good rule to follow is to inhale for four seconds, hold for seven seconds and then exhale for eight seconds. Focus on counting, not on your problems. 2  Seek out nice smells There’s […]

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Why Meditation Can Help You Overcome Depression for Good

Doctors and psychiatrists are well-versed in the science of antidepressants. They’ve established a body of research showing how levels of certain brain chemicals fluctuate to affect mood, and they can chemically stabilize someone’s mood with pills. But truly healing from depression involves many intangible factors such as diet, the support of family and friends, belief […]

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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) For Addiction Treatment

  Substance abuse and drug addiction claims many people each year. It is characterized by an urgent need to continually seek substances, even when a person knows such a pattern is harmful. This need is driven by changes in the brain caused by harmful substances. When a person is afflicted with addiction, his brain composition […]

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Addiction: The Horizon Problem

There are many mental disorders that involve our inability to assess instant gratification in contrast to long-term consequences. This article is about impulsivity versus reflection and planning in relation to drug abuse and addiction. One of the fundamental and insidious problems with substance abuse is the horizon problem. This is the common inability among humans […]

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Study: In heroin addiction, glial cells play key roles in regulating the motivation for the drug

Scientists studying addiction know that heroin and other opioids induce plasticity in brain cells. Now, University at Buffalo researchers have made the novel discovery that in certain types of brain cells, drug-induced plasticity can work to reduce, rather than boost, motivation for heroin. By providing new insights into how addiction changes the brain, the research […]

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Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

  Jack O’Connor became addicted to opioids when he was a teenager. Greta Rybus for NPR When Jack O’Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines. “This will fix me,” O’Connor thought as he went to boot […]

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