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Addiction

For Addiction Treatment, Not All Mindfulness Strategies are Created Equal

When included in addiction treatment and relapse prevention programs, mindfulness and meditation strategies have been shown to reduce anxiety and help to prevent relapse. But mindfulness and meditation are separate practices and even within meditation, not all styles produce the same results. Which is best?

“Anxiety is universal to the human condition, but addicts experience it to an extreme because they have real problems. Meditation...
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Abuse, Neglect and Alcohol Addiction: How Your Childhood Influences Adult Drinking

Somewhere south of a sunny childhood are emotional and physical abuse and neglect. There are four possible combinations: emotional abuse, emotional neglect, physical abuse, and physical neglect. If one or more of these describe your childhood, maybe you’ve worked hard to put all that stuff behind you -- but a study on early view at the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows it’s not that easy...
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Study: Addiction Treatment Stops Family Fighting

I’m an addict in recovery. I speak freely about it and without shame. I’m not the man I was before treatment. I am the self I was always meant to be. A huge part of my change was due to my kids. What happens when an alcoholic parent gets treatment? In this parenting season, in the days between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors looked at family...
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How Safe is Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis?

In California, Hawaii and Washington, the percentage of fatally injured drivers with cannabis in their systems grew an average percent after medical marijuana laws increased access to the drug. Now with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the question of how cannabis impacts driving is even more immediate. Opinion and evidence have been mixed.

For example, in what it calls a review of the scientific evidence, the marijuana advocacy website
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