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April 8, 2015

The Health Benefits of Having a Pet

The Health Benefits of Having a Pet Companion animals make us feel better. It isn’t just that your cat, dog, gerbil or horse loves you unconditionally, whether you made a mistake or are sick or depressed. Companion animals actually improve our health in measurable ways. Prevention shares some of the research on pets and improved […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
April 6, 2015

The Food Additive that’s Making You Fatter

The Food Additive that’s Making You Fatter Struggling with your weight? Us too. It seems like even when we eat the proper amount of calories, good nutrients and exercise vigorously and regularly, the weight still wants to stick around. It’s frustrating. However, recent research suggests that some of the additives in our foods, particularly emulsifiers, […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
April 3, 2015

Creating Narcissism: How Your Parenting Could Lead Your Child to Addiction

Creating Narcissism: How Your Parenting Could Lead Your Child to Addiction It’s a complaint that many people make about the younger generation(s) – that they are self-obsessed and entitled to the point of being narcissistic. Certainly it is not true of every young person, but it is a troubling trend. However, recent research has suggested […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
April 1, 2015

The Germanwings Discussion Is Worsening the Stigma of Mental Illness

The Germanwings Discussion Is Worsening the Stigma of Mental Illness When a plane goes down, we all want to know why. When a plane is purposefully crashed by its pilot, the only answer that makes sense is that “He must have been crazy.” How does someone kill themselves and 150 other people? The problem is […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 30, 2015

Changing the Shape of the Brain Helps Addicts Recover

Changing the Shape of the Brain Helps Addicts Recover One field that is radically changing addiction treatment is neuroscience. Learning that the brain is highly plastic, that is that it can change both in form and function, has revolutionized addiction treatment, giving us more and encouraging therapies to help addicts recover. The brain is not […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 27, 2015

Psychedelics May Improve Mental Health: Let’s Do the Research to Find Out

Psychedelics May Improve Mental Health: Let’s Do the Research to Find Out If there was a low cost drug that could make a major improvement in the symptoms of addiction, depression, and/or PTSD, had no known side-effects (when used in a clinical setting at approved doses) and was needed only once or twice to improve […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 25, 2015

Depression Worsens Memory

Depression Worsens Memory When you’re depressed, it’s hard to think about anything but feeling depressed or situations that reinforce your depression. Negative thoughts take hold and spiral out of control. Depressed individuals ruminate on negative thoughts seemingly without end. All of this focus on negativity can cause loss of short-term memory. After all, if you’re […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 24, 2015

Why AA is Bad Science…and What It Means for Your Addiction Treatment Options

Why AA is Bad Science…and What It Means for Your Addiction Treatment Options In an excellent piece in The Atlantic, writer Gabrielle Glaser gives an exposé on the lack of scientific evidence on the efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the preponderance of evidence that shows that not only does the lauded program fail to […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 23, 2015

Consciousness and Addiction Recovery

Consciousness and Addiction Recovery For thousands of years, philosophers, theologians, and even more recently, scientists, have theorized about consciousness, particularly, where it exists in the body. Recent research suggests that at least part of the phenomenon of consciousness may be a cooperative activity in several parts of the brain. However, consciousness is likely more than […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
March 20, 2015

Can the Poor Really get their Addiction and Mental Health Needs Met?

Can the Poor Really get their Addiction and Mental Health Needs Met? An article in the UK’s The Guardian shares Steve’s story, the story of a homeless, alcoholic man who cannot gain access to England’s bureaucratic healthcare system and ultimately, instead of getting help, ends up in jail. Sadly, much the same thing happens in […]

Abuse, Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Alcoholism, Behavioral Addictions, Complementary Therapies, Current Events, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse