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Archives for July, 2012


5 Therapies To Try Before Giving Up On Recovery

When people arrive at an addiction treatment center, they typically don’t want to be there. They’re agitated and apprehensive, and they doubt whether they even have a problem, especially one that is as bad as their families, employers or the courts believe.

In many cases, the last thing they want to do is sit down for talk therapy or attend a support meeting, though both are essential elements of treatment. What they do...
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It’s All About the Dopamine, and Other Misconceptions About Addiction

Addiction science has come a long way, but old ideas are still hanging around. Regrettably, one-third of Americans still regard addiction as a moral failing or a lack of willpower rather than a treatable disease. People still want to see addicts punished rather than rehabilitated, and addiction remains more stigmatized than depression, schizophrenia and other mental health conditions.

Widespread misunderstanding about addiction exists even in the treatment field. Despite all of our sophisticated brain...
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What Is Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment, Anyway?

Last month, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University released a five-year study assessing the state of addiction treatment in the Among other findings, CASA reported that only one in 10 people in need of addiction treatment get it, and of those who do, most “do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.”

Evidence-based care does exist in a minority of treatment centers,...
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Stopping Haters from Derailing Your Recovery

One unexpected benefit of finding your way into recovery is that you pretty quickly learn who your real friends are. During active addiction, you are ironically both socially isolated and part of a drug-abusing community. You may spend a lot of time together and feel a bond based on your shared preoccupation with drugs. But that doesn’t mean those people are your friends.

Not surprisingly, when an addict gets clean, their “friends” don’t always...
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