Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds

Feb 20 8:41am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study finds.
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Risky Drinking

Feb 20 1:00am A hangover free life
So this premiered on HBO in the US in December 2016.  Luckily for us the documentary Risky Drinking has now appeared on Youtube so we can watch it too 🙂 Here’s a synopsis/review from Esquire: To qualify as a risky drinker, a woman has to drink more than three drinks in one day, or more … Continue reading Risky Drinking → The post Risky Drinking appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Why You Should Care About the Repeal of ObamaCare

Feb 17 1:53pm Alcoholism – Rehabs and Drug Rehab Options
Addiction and mental health reform has been a slow moving process in our society, but it seemed like we were finally going the right direction in terms of funding and policy. That is, until the presidency changed hands. Now, with the recent repeal of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), people are wondering if we’ve taken two […]...
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Dear Addiction: A Breakup Letter

Feb 17 1:39pm Alcoholism – Rehabs and Drug Rehab Options
Closure is extremely important after a long relationship. It allows you to find peace within yourself and resolve issues that may have hindered your personal growth down the road. It also gives you trust that everything in your life will eventually fall into place. Addiction is essentially a long relationship – albeit a toxic one […]...
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Improve services to address addiction related unemployment (this is not a love song)

Feb 17 1:00pm A hangover free life
So maybe not the sexiest pre-Valentine subject matter but important none the less – and an excuse to feature a Banksy which is always a bonus! 😉  This was a report on service provision to address addiction related unemployment featured by Alcohol Policy UK in December. Over to Alcohol Policy UK: Dame Carol Black’s review … Continue reading Improve services to address addiction related unemployment (this is not a love song) → The post Improve services to address addiction related unemployment (this is not a love song) appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Being a Super Hero is exhaustingand dangerouswork if you are the parent of an addict or alcoholic

Feb 17 3:51am Parent Pathway
One of our readers commented on a previous blog post that, “Staying out of the way is a tough one.  Especially for someone like me.  I have spent my life rushing to be a hero.  Here I am to save the day.  Finally, someone reminded me that what I save, when rushing to clear the […]...
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A look at substance abuse after 2016

Feb 16 11:29am Blog – Veronica Valli
By Alek S. Addiction is a problem that has been around for as long as there has been civilization. However, based on the understanding of the disease model of addiction, epidemics that are related to addiction have come and gone, throughout time. Today, we find ourselves in the midst of an addiction epidemic that has […] The post A look at substance abuse after 2016 appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Mouse studies offer new insights about cocaine's effect on the brain

Feb 16 10:40am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have determined how a specific protein regulates the brain's response to cocaine. Their findings provide fresh insights into the neurobiology of addiction, and could lead to the development of better interventions and treatments.
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Adolescents with weak working memory and progressive drug use at risk for later addictions

Feb 16 9:45am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Drug use in adolescence is often linked to later substance-abuse problems, but a new study suggests that a key risk factor is a combination of weak working memory and difficulties with impulse control.
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Relationship Killers: Anger | Resentment

Feb 15 6:25pm BreakingTheCycles.com
Anger | resentment – both can be relationship killers explains today’s guest author,  Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT.  Darlene is the author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, and her latest eBook is titled, Dealing with a Narcissist, 8 Steps to Raise Self-Esteem and Set Boundaries with Difficult People. She can […] Author information Guest Author The post Relationship Killers: Anger | Resentment appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.
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Is an Addicted Loved One Bullying You?

Feb 15 6:01pm Alcoholism – Rehabs and Drug Rehab Options
Earlier that morning, Janelle told her mother she was the best mom in the world. Coincidentally, the compliment came after Linda gave her daughter $50 to buy groceries. A few hours later, however, Janelle’s tune had completely changed. Linda refused to give Janelle a ride to her “friend’s” house to buy drugs. She also refused […]...
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Manifesto for Children of Alcoholics Launched Today

Feb 15 1:23pm A hangover free life
Another email from Liam Byrne today launching the children of alcoholics – manifesto for change yesterday, so on Valentine’s Day no less …. Dear Friend Today the All-Party Group launches the first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics. Thank you for all your help in putting this together! The hard-hitting manifesto, published to coincide with International … Continue reading Manifesto for Children of Alcoholics – Launched Today → The post Manifesto for Children of Alcoholics – Launched Today appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Building your arsenal for the next drug or alcohol crisis

Feb 15 3:09am Parent Pathway
Most parents with a kid, no matter what age, who struggles with addiction, find themselves constantly investigating, thinking, consulting and planning what to do next. With every relapse or major bump in the road, you stop and take a look at what actions have been taken thus far and what you feel is the next […]...
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What Does Quiet Abuse Look Like?

Feb 14 6:07pm Alcoholism – Rehabs and Drug Rehab Options
When you hear the term “abuse,” what images come to mind? Bruises? Shouting? It’s important to realize that abuse doesn’t always involve physical harm, nor does it have to be loud. In fact, it frequently happens with little to no noise at all – and leaves no visible wounds. Sometimes Silence Can Be Deafening Quiet […]...
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'Hair of the dog' wont cure that hangover

Feb 14 4:36pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
The notion that having a drink can cure a hangover has been around since the 16th century. That doesn't mean it's true.
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4 Ways To Love Yourself

Feb 14 12:00pm SOBER COURAGE
I remember being very lonely in my early recovery. I felt broken and I was in lots of pain. By the end of my drinking I had alienated all my friends and there was no one left that would put up with my alcohol induced behavior. My reckless behavior had also left me feeling ashamed and worthless.... Read More...
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Do children inherit drug protection from parents exposed to nicotine or drugs?

Feb 14 9:27am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
A father's nicotine use may have a significant impact on children's risk of some diseases. In a study published in the online biomedical sciences journal eLife, Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, and colleagues at UMass Medical School, demonstrate that mice born of fathers who are habitually exposed to nicotine inherit enhanced chemical tolerance and drug clearance abilities.
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How To Stop Being So Hard On Yourself Especially If Youre Not Sure How To Be Any Other Way

Feb 14 9:25am Growing Up Chaotic
Has anyone ever told you that you’re too hard on yourself? And have you responded with some version of: “Yea, I know I am. I’m just not sure how to be any other way.” For ACOAs or anyone that grew up in dysfunction, being relentlessly hard on yourself is unfortunately common. The connection between the […] The post How To Stop Being So Hard On Yourself – Especially If You’re Not Sure How To Be Any Other Way appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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Guest Post: How Self-Forgiveness Allows Me to Let Go of My Perfectionism

Feb 14 1:00am A hangover free life
What better day is there to feature a guest blog post about perfectionism? 🙂 I wasn’t really aware of it but for most of my life I had this mentality that if I couldn’t do something perfectly I just wouldn’t do it all. This meant that sometimes I would perform to my optimal ability and … Continue reading Guest Post: How Self-Forgiveness Allows Me to Let Go of My Perfectionism → The post Guest Post: How Self-Forgiveness Allows Me to Let Go of My Perfectionism appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Nicotine Changes How Nicotinic Receptors Are Grouped on Brain Cells

Feb 13 3:23pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Nicotine the primary compound found within tobacco smoke is known to change the grouping of some subtypes of nicotinic receptors, but the mechanisms for nicotine addiction remain unclear.
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Surprising link between athletics and addiction

Feb 13 3:13pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
While investigating the idealized benefits between sport and addiction, researchers found that the prevalence of substance abuse in some sports communities, in fact, creates a greater risk of addictions for people already vulnerable to them. Surprised by the number of participants, researchers interviewed a range of subjects including a gymnast, a rower, a martial artist and a significant number of athletes involved in team sports -- especially hockey.
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Depression linked to e-cigarette use among college students

Feb 13 1:12pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
The emergence of e-cigarettes as a nicotine product has left scientists with many questions about their impact on health, including how the product interacts with depression. A new study has found a connection between depression and initiation of e-cigarette use among college students.
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Marianne Williamson on spirituality

Feb 13 5:18am Blog – Veronica Valli
Sometimes I have a post in mind and then I realize that someone has said everything so much better than I ever could. Marianne Williamson is one of the greatest teachers of applied spirituality that I know. She describes herself as a ‘spiritual activists’. Don’t you love that? I’ve seen Marianne speak in person at […] The post Marianne Williamson on spirituality appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Common Models of Drug and AlcoholAddiction Intervention

Feb 10 5:36pm Family First Intervention
  Drug and alcohol interventions come in several forms that mental health professionals tailor to the individual. The type of intervention that your medical professional selects will depend on your unique experience with addiction. Learn the most common models of drug and alcohol intervention and which one might be the right fit for your loved […]...
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How Group Therapy Made My Recovery Easier

Feb 10 2:00pm SOBER COURAGE
by Carl Towns  Overcoming alcoholism after so many years was the hardest thing I’ve ever been able to do in my life. Dealing with an addiction to a substance that is legal made things a lot more difficult for me. My family was obviously the first to point out that I was having a problem. I... Read More...
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Friday Sober Jukebox: Right Here Right Now

Feb 10 1:00pm A hangover free life
So I’ve been reflecting a great deal in the last few weeks.  It’s been triggered by changes in events, seeing T2 Trainspotting and a trip to my old spiritual home Brighton.  I’ve been struggling to stay in the present – right here and now and so I’m getting it down on paper.  Just like Spud … Continue reading Friday Sober Jukebox: Right Here Right Now → The post Friday Sober Jukebox: Right Here Right Now appeared first on A hangover free life.
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A siblings view of addiction as a family disease

Feb 10 11:11am Parent Pathway
When I first heard that alcoholism is a family disease, I balked at that notion. I did not consider how all my thoughts and energy fields were directed on them: to get them to stop, to get them to see the light, to rescue or make excuses for them. I did not see my behavior […]...
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Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week | February 2017

Feb 8 6:38pm BreakingTheCycles.com
One in four children live in families with a parent addicted to alcohol, according to the National Association of Children of Alcoholics. Unless you have been a child in a home with untreated, unhealthily discussed alcohol misuse, it’s difficult to image what it’s like to be a child in such a home. Devastating. Scary. Shame-filled. […] Author information Lisa Frederiksen Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!, Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't, and Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions. She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult...
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Commercial weight-loss drug could help treat opioid addiction

Feb 8 11:15am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists are working to come up with new therapies to curb America's opioid epidemic and aid hospitals, doctors and public health officials in this fight. Now one team reports that the commercial weight-loss drug lorcaserin, when given to rats who had been self-administering oxycodone, appeared to reduce their use of and craving for the opioid.
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How can marijuana policy protect the adolescent brain?

Feb 8 9:42am Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
As more states begin to legalize the use of marijuana, more young people may believe that it's safe to experiment with the drug. However, those under 25 are more vulnerable to the effects of drugs than are older adults. New legislation on legal marijuana use should include consideration of age limits and other guidelines for safe use, according to the authors of a new article.
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Pushing your addicted or alcoholic children out of the nest

Feb 8 3:01am Parent Pathway
A robin has woven a mossy nest in the crape myrtle tree not far from my kitchen window. I first noticed her several weeks ago as she shredded a nearby nest left over by last year’s Thrasher clan. Mama Robin was intent on eliminating any possible competitors or predators from her turf. Today, I realized […]...
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Pain during alcohol withdrawal: Electroacupuncture may help

Feb 7 11:09am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA; which combines acupuncture with electrical stimulation) are effective in reducing pain and, possibly, alcohol-withdrawal symptoms. This rodent study investigated whether EA can alleviate hyperalgesia during alcohol withdrawal, potentially reducing the risk of a relapse to drinking, and whether it achieves this effect via action at mu opioid receptors (MORs) located in a brain region called the lateral habenula.
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Mixing opioids and alcohol may increase likelihood of dangerous respiratory complication

Feb 7 10:53am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Taking one oxycodone tablet together with even a modest amount of alcohol increases the risk of a potentially life-threatening side effect known as respiratory depression, which causes breathing to become extremely shallow or stop altogether, reports a study. Elderly people were especially likely to experience this complication, the study found.
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E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study

Feb 7 10:43am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to new research.
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Rewards treat alcohol abuse in those with mental illness

Feb 7 9:27am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Offering prizes- - from simple shampoo to DVD players -- can be an effective, low-cost treatment for alcohol abuse, the nation's third leading preventable cause of death, suggests a new report.
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How To Handle Hyper-Vigilance Like A Boss

Feb 7 9:00am Growing Up Chaotic
“I feel like I’m walking on eggshells all the time.” You know the feeling I’m talking about, right? It’s the one that makes social gatherings exhausting. Instead of relaxing with friends or meeting new ones your inner antenna is triggered and probing the room for tension and conflict. Or it could be that edgy feeling […] The post How To Handle Hyper-Vigilance Like A Boss appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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Study finds one in four high school e-cigarette users have tried dripping

Feb 7 3:00am NIDA News
Photo ©iStock/Neuevector/ A study of high school students found that one in four teens reported using e-cigarettes for “dripping,” a practice in which users produce and inhale vapors by placing drops of e-liquids directly onto heated atomizer coils. In a survey of 1,080 Connecticut high school...
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Alcohol marketing rules failing to protect our youth

Feb 7 1:00am A hangover free life
Too much news not enough blog posts!  I’m already writing posts for May so time to squeak in some extra one’s with important news stories.  Thank you marketing week for the image 😉 The top story from the Institute of Alcohol Studies for January was the headline grabbing blog post title that alcohol marketing rules … Continue reading Alcohol marketing rules failing to protect our youth → The post Alcohol marketing rules failing to protect our youth appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Feb 6 10:34pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Spiritual River was founded 2006 with over 10 years creating the best in Addiction content, Spiritual River has been a leading source in Addiction Recovery, with over 30,000 unique visits each month covering news, guideline and personal resources.     The post Advertise appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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One in four teen e-cigarette users have tried 'dripping'

Feb 6 1:13pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
One in four high schoolers who use electronic cigarettes are inhaling vapors produced by dripping e-liquids directly onto heating coils, instead of inhaling from the e-cigarette mouthpiece, possibly increasing exposure to toxins and nicotine, a new study has found.
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Ready, willing and able spells hope for parents of addicts and alcoholics

Feb 6 3:46am Parent Pathway
I have often said my turning point in recovery from the family disease was to keep an open mind be willing to try the Al-Anon program. I somehow needed to re-wire my beliefs, truths and experience. This would be a completely different way of handling life’s situations – and I held doubt. Yet, I had been […]...
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Can Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms be Dangerous?

Feb 5 2:35am Spiritual River Addiction Help
Xanax withdrawal can definitely be dangerous, and you should not attempt to go through it unless you are under medical supervision. This would include being at an inpatient treatment center that has a full medical detox unit. If you can, call up a rehab center and ask them if they have a medical detox unit […] The post Can Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms be Dangerous? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Women Breaking Barriers

Feb 4 8:27pm ADDICTION TREATMENT NEWS BLOG
Women Breaking  Barriers Women Breaking Barriers as described by Marquita Herald, Author and Editor is a collection of inspiring personal The post Women Breaking Barriers appeared first on .
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Actions Not Thoughts Start the Difficult Process of Change

Feb 3 2:00pm SOBER COURAGE
By Rose Lockinger There is a saying in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, that ‘you must act your way into right thinking and not think your way into right acting.’ It’s one of those things that is usually said off the cuff and I know that for a long time I never really paid attention to... Read More...
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Nonmedical use of prescription drugs among young people: A growing global concern

Feb 3 1:56pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Balancing a country's need to make prescription drugs available to those in need while simultaneously curbing nonmedical use is one of our greatest challenges. A new article shows increased rates of deaths worldwide from prescription opioids as high as 550 percent depending on country and time-period. For example, from 2000 to 2014, there was a 200 percent increase in overdose deaths due to opioid use.
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Six ways to crack wine oclock and go semi-sober

Feb 3 1:00pm A hangover free life
Although my way of being is sober I recognise that not everyone who arrives on this blog has stopped drinking and may be looking for help to go semi-sober – so to moderate or manage your drinking.  As February rolls round before those of you having done Dry January reward yourself with a drink maybe … Continue reading Six ways to crack wine o’clock and go semi-sober → The post Six ways to crack wine o’clock and go semi-sober appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Seven Powerful Ways to Find your Sunshine Again

Feb 3 11:18am Parent Pathway
Cathy Taughinbaugh is a guest blogger and a Recovery Coach working with parents of addicted children. Find her at CathyTaughinbaugh.com. “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell Are you feeling overwhelmed because of your child’s drug abuse? When we take […]...
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Recovery Rocks Esther Nagle

Feb 3 5:20am Blog – Veronica Valli
Esther Nagle found her sobriety in yoga, and her life purpose in sobriety. She is the author of Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, host of the Sober Living Rocks podcast, and teacher of Yoga for recovery. Esther loves to dance, adores the Beatles and particularly George Harrison, loves walking in the mountains, […] The post Recovery Rocks – Esther Nagle appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Breakthrough in campaign for children of alcoholics

Feb 2 3:22pm A hangover free life
An update from Liam Byrne following today’s House of Commons debate about alcohol harm and the need for a plan from Government to support Britain’s 2.5 million children of parents who drink too much. Liam Byrne today welcomed a breakthrough in the campaign for Britain’s children of alcoholics after a new commitment was made by … Continue reading Breakthrough in campaign for children of alcoholics → The post Breakthrough in campaign for children of alcoholics appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Neurobiologist illuminates the underexplored potential of cannabis to address opioid addiction

Feb 2 2:13pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Cannabinoids, extracts of cannabis legally sold as medical marijuana, could reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms in heroin users, a number of animal studies and a small human pilot study have revealed.
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Choosing to live your truth

Feb 2 1:10pm Blog – Veronica Valli
The most profound thing that happened to me when I first got sober was the discovery that I hadn’t been ‘living my truth’. I realised that each of us has a ‘truth’ deep inside us. It is the essence of who we are. It determines the choices we make and how we express ourselves. To […] The post Choosing to live your truth appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Immune system suppression may be related to problem drinking

Feb 2 9:04am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Cytokines are small proteins in the immune system that act as chemical messengers between cells. Prior research suggests that pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines are dysfunctional during alcohol dependence and may contribute to the progression from healthy to problem drinking. This study compared social and non-dependent problem drinkers on the impact of alcohol-related changes in the body’s immune response to stress, alcohol-cue induced craving and anxiety, motivation to drink, and alcohol consumption.
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Addicted individuals less responsive to reward-anticipation

Feb 2 8:58am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
It may be difficult for addicted individuals to learn when they can expect a reward. This learning problem could perhaps explain why they are more prone to addiction and find it difficult to kick the habit. Researchers reached this conclusion on the basis of an extensive meta-analysis of the brain imaging literature.
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Scientists show deep brain stimulation blocks heroin relapse in rats

Feb 1 3:06pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can greatly reduce the compulsion to use heroin in standard rat models of addiction, new research has demonstrated.
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Relatable Stories of Addicts | Howard Goodman, MA LMFT

Feb 1 11:10am BreakingTheCycles.com
Often it is the stories of those who have struggled with a substance use disorder (aka addiction) that help a person either seek or sustain long term recovery. Today’s guest author, Howard P. Goodman, MA LMFT, shares relatable stories of those who struggle with these disorders. Goodman is a licensed psychotherapist and addiction specialist who […] Author information Guest Author The post Relatable Stories of Addicts | Howard Goodman, MA LMFT appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.
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Drug shows promise for treating alcoholism

Feb 1 9:27am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
An anti-inflammatory drug called Ibudilast, used in Japan to treat asthma, may be a promising new treatment for alcoholism, a new study has found.
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Alcohol misuse most often treated in middle age

Feb 1 1:00am A hangover free life
This report featured in the Institute of Alcohol Studies report in November 2016.  This report struck me because I stopped drinking just before my 45th birthday. Average age of alcohol only clients seeking treatment is 45 years (04 November) Drinkers in their forties make up the most number of alcohol only treatment users for substance … Continue reading Alcohol misuse most often treated in middle age → The post Alcohol misuse most often treated in middle age appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Intimate partner violence among youth linked to suicide, weapons and drug use

Jan 31 12:43pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Adolescents who are violent toward their romantic partners are also more likely to think about or attempt suicide, carry a weapon, threaten others with a weapon and use drugs or alcohol than peers in non-violent relationships, according to new research.
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3 Mindset Shifts That Will Get You Through Recovery Rough Patches

Jan 31 8:44am Growing Up Chaotic
“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” Robin Sharma Don’t you just love that quote? It came to mind the other day as I was reading an email from a lovely GUC reader who told me about a difficult decision she had to make. Her mom has been […] The post 3 Mindset Shifts That Will Get You Through Recovery Rough Patches appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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