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More Than Just Talk: How Psychotherapy Can Help Rewire the Brain


The human brain is constantly changing. Our gray matter is responsive to music, mayhem and medicine, adapting with exposure to these and other stimuli, including psychotherapy. Science has shown that many forms of psychotherapy, whether used in conjunction with medications or without, can actually cause physiological changes in the brain that result in better treatment outcomes for people with trauma, addiction and other mental health disorders.

Through functional neuroimaging scans, researchers involved in...
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Addiction

Profile of a Drug Overdose Victim


When you think of a drug overdose victim, chances are you think of someone inexperienced with drug use who takes more than they can handle, or a person who unknowingly takes a purer strain of drug than they’re used to. Those assumptions, however, aren’t reflected in current statistics. So what is an accurate profile of a drug overdose victim?

WHO: Statistics show that the people most at risk of drug overdose are people you...
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Addiction

For Former Addicts, Grief and Loss Can Haunt the Holidays


The holidays are a time to get together with loved ones, to reminisce about old times, and to anticipate the future — all things designed to bring joy. But if you have addiction in your past, these activities carry the potential to prompt different feelings: grief and loss.

That’s because addiction leaves so much damage in its wake, and the nostalgia and sentiment of the holidays seems to shine a spotlight on...
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Recovery

Grieving the Loss of Addiction

An addict who has tried to kick their habit for years finally makes their way into recovery. What could they possibly have to grieve about?

Actually, recovering addicts have a lot to grieve. The activity that has been the central focus of their lives is now something they can never do again. The only comfort they have known is gone, and their life requires a complete overhaul. That’s a lot to take...
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Recovery

5 Lessons Addicts Can Learn from Weight Watchers

The 22 million Americans addicted to drugs aren’t as “different” as they may think. Added to their ranks are nearly 150 million obese or overweight Americans who are compelled to eat in much the same way addicts are driven to get high.

Although it has taken awhile for science to catch up with human experience, we have learned that certain foods affect the brain in similar ways as drugs...
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Recovery

5 Sober Ways to Celebrate Your Recovery

Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and graduations are widely celebrated, sometimes in grand fashion. We make a big fuss over getting a driver’s license at 16 and aging in to the right to drink alcohol at 21. But these aren’t the only, or necessarily the most important, occasions worthy of observance. After all, when the work is as hard as recovering from addiction, every milestone merits recognition.

Addicts are sometimes reluctant...
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