What Side Effects of Adderall You Should be Cautious of

Mar 2 4:56am Spiritual River Addiction Help
One of the major side effects of Adderall is that of anxiety or nervousness. If someone is abusing Adderall then it is very likely that they will become anxious and overly excited at times. Another side effect is loss of appetite. You may notice that someone who is abusing Adderall may not eat as much. […] The post What Side Effects of Adderall You Should be Cautious of appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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How to Overcome an Ambian Addiction

Mar 2 4:56am Spiritual River Addiction Help
In order to overcome an Ambian addiction you need to be willing to face the fact that you are addicted to a sleeping medication and have started to abuse it on a regular basis. Until you can admit to this being a huge problem in your life, you will not be able to make any […] The post How to Overcome an Ambian Addiction appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Should Addiction Treatment Become Longer than 28 Days?

Mar 2 4:55am Spiritual River Addiction Help
Should alcohol and drug rehab be longer than the standard 28 days? Some people think so. Delaware Online http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/2017/01/03/trickle-down-effect-comprehensive-addiction-treatment/96117364/ suggests that “Understanding that at a minimum those suffering from this disease must receive at least 90 days in treatment followed by months of extended follow-up, allowing a transition from a safe clinical setting to a […] The post Should Addiction Treatment Become Longer than 28 Days? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Just How Bad is Social Media Addiction?

Mar 2 4:54am Spiritual River Addiction Help
We hear all the time about how social media and services like Facebook have become an addiction for some people. But how bad is it really? Is it a serious addiction, or just a behavior problem? Itech Post http://www.itechpost.com/articles/72267/20170107/social-media-addiction-studies-find-it-is-as-bad-as-smoking.htm reports that “The need for validation seems to be the main reason for people’s addiction over […] The post Just How Bad is Social Media Addiction? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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How Tough Times in Addiction Recovery Can Lead to Strength

Mar 2 4:52am Spiritual River Addiction Help
There is no question that tough times during your addiction can lead to strength in your recovery later on. Unfortunately this does not hold true for every single person who struggles with drug addiction or alcoholism. Some struggling addicts and alcoholics never make an attempt at sobriety, and of those who do make the attempt, […] The post How Tough Times in Addiction Recovery Can Lead to Strength appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Are Family Interventions a Good Option for a Struggling Drug Addict?

Mar 2 4:51am Spiritual River Addiction Help
Doing a full scale, formal intervention for the struggling alcoholic or drug addict in your family may be a decent option. But before you dive in and try to organize one, I think there are some things that you should know first. The first thing I would like to suggest is that the person who […] The post Are Family Interventions a Good Option for a Struggling Drug Addict? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Are You Desperate Enough to do Anything to Recovery from Addiction?

Mar 2 4:50am Spiritual River Addiction Help
In order to recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction you need a certain level of desperation. Many people refer to this as “the gift of desperation,” because those who are able to find successful recovery will eventually enjoy massive benefits as a result of their transformation. The price that you pay for total and complete […] The post Are You Desperate Enough to do Anything to Recovery from Addiction? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Building Grit and Resilience in Sobriety

Mar 2 4:49am Spiritual River Addiction Help
What is the best way to build up grit and resilience in sobriety? And should it even be part of your goals to do so? What about practicing acceptance all the time instead, wouldn’t that be more important than building grit? These are excellent questions so let me try to shed some light on them […] The post Building Grit and Resilience in Sobriety appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Curing Complacency in Long Term Addiction Recovery

Mar 2 4:48am Spiritual River Addiction Help
Many people do not realize what the biggest threat to their sobriety is in the long run: Complacency. What exactly is complacency? This is what happens when you get clean and sober, find your groove in life, and then get rather lazy about it all. Complacency happens when you secretly believe that you have recovery […] The post Curing Complacency in Long Term Addiction Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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The Benefits of Addiction Recovery go Far Beyond Abstinence

Mar 2 4:33am Spiritual River Addiction Help
The true benefits of addiction recovery go far beyond mere abstinence. You may imagine, from your limited perspective in addiction, that life in recovery will be nearly exactly the same as it is now, just without the drugs and the alcohol. This is far from the truth.  In reality, once you get clean and sober […] The post The Benefits of Addiction Recovery go Far Beyond Abstinence appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Uncluttering my life, including my co-dependency

Mar 1 9:04am Parent Pathway
Last weekend, I completed a much-overdue task: cleaning out the clutter that had collected in a couple areas of my house.  I realized how therapeutic this activity was for me.  I initially created more mess as I pulled things off the shelf and went through the pains taking sorting process:  Attic? Donation? Keep Handy?  Throw […]...
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The Addiction Definition that Actually Makes Sense

Mar 1 8:49am Spiritual River Addiction Help
In order to properly define addiction we often look at factors such as physical dependence, withdrawal, detoxification, powerlessness, compulsion, obsessive thinking, and so on. But maybe in order to properly treat and diagnose an addiction we need to back up and look at the consequences. In other words, what happens when you give a person […] The post The Addiction Definition that Actually Makes Sense appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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From heroin addiction to alcohol-related problems

Feb 28 6:52pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Methadone programs and long-term therapy using other opioids evidently work. People addicted to heroin consume less heroin, cocaine and even alcohol at the beginning of the treatment. As a long-term study reveals, however, the alcohol consumption among these patients has increased considerably since the 1990s.
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Good people dont smoke pot.

Feb 28 12:32pm Blog – Veronica Valli
I’m worried about the new administration. I don’t want to start a political slanging match, god knows Facebook has enough of those. But I am particularly concerned about the new Attorney General’s attitude towards everything drugs. Facing addiction? When we all attended the ‘Unite to Face Addiction’ rally back in October 2015 I really felt […] The post ‘Good people don’t smoke pot.’ appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Unconventional Advice On How To Live With The Fear Of An Addicted Loved One Dying

Feb 28 9:12am Growing Up Chaotic
About a week ago, a couple of friends flew all the way from snowy NYC to visit Ryan and me here in Houston. Let’s just say that the weekend was full of lots of food, laughs and several nights where I stayed up way past my usual bedtime. Not only is it great to have […] The post Unconventional Advice On How To Live With The Fear Of An Addicted Loved One Dying appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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In case you were wondering how Pharmas faring

Feb 28 6:30am Addiction & Recovery News
Yesterday, I posted about the Joint Commission’s review of the unintended consequences of their emphasis on pain without the proper input, review and feedback systems. The opioid crisis that this has contributed to have been a disaster for families, communities … Continue reading →...
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Surprising Teen Drug Use Statistics

Feb 27 5:46pm Recovery Information – Pathways Real Life Recovery
For many teens, the years between exiting high school and entering their early twenties becomes a time of experimentation and rebellion against societal expectations. Often, this experimentation includes the use of drugs and/or other intoxicating substances. But the types of drugs and frequency of usage is changing for today’s college-aged teens. Let’s examine some trends in usage … The post Surprising Teen Drug Use Statistics appeared first on Pathways Real Life Recovery.
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The Professionals Perspective: Is my loved one addicted? addict?

Feb 27 11:00am Parent Pathway
The Professional’s Perspective is a guest post from Ricki Townsend, a Registered Interventionist, Drug/Alcohol Counselor, Ncac1, CADC-CAS, Bri-1, Chaplain and Grief Recovery Specialist People often tell me about a loved one’s drinking or drug use, and then they want me to tell them if their loved one is an addict or alcoholic. I would respectfully […]...
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Given the choice, patients will reach for cannabis over prescribed opioids

Feb 27 10:07am Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new research.
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the unintended consequences were, in retrospect, predictable

Feb 27 7:20am Addiction & Recovery News
JAMA just published an article on the history of the Joint Commission standards on pain and the lessons learned from the opioid crisis that followed. The article describes the impetus for the increased attention to pain. In 1990, Max2 decried … Continue reading →...
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NICE focuses on improving treatment and diagnosis of liver disease

Feb 27 1:00am A hangover free life
I have to thank the lovely Prim for forwarding this link to me about NICE and new draft guidance on treatment and diagnosis of liver disease (cue obligatory pictures of liver disease!) Here’s the NICE report: People who drink too much should be sent for scans to detect early liver disease, says NICE Almost 1.9 … Continue reading NICE focuses on improving treatment and diagnosis of liver disease → The post NICE focuses on improving treatment and diagnosis of liver disease appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Coming Down After My Wedding High

Feb 26 7:25pm Blog – Sober Señorita
I barely slept on the night before my wedding. The plan was to get a full 8 hours, maybe 9. But of course, I didn’t have all the decorations in... The post Coming Down After My Wedding High appeared first on Sober Señorita.
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How to Navigate Social Events in Sobriety

Feb 24 6:51pm ADDICTION TREATMENT NEWS BLOG
How to Navigate Social Events in Sobriety How to Navigate Social Events in Sobriety was a learning experience with much The post How to Navigate Social Events in Sobriety appeared first on .
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Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), Substance Abuse, and Addiction

Feb 24 6:23pm Family First Intervention
Substance abuse and addiction are complicated medical conditions that require understanding and compassion to aid recovery. It’s important to realize that while people have inherent risk factors for addiction, they also may experience triggers that exacerbate these risk factors to create addictive behavior. These triggers, also known as comorbidities, help us understand what may be […]...
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A retrospective on 2016 (Friday sober jukebox: some riot)

Feb 24 1:00pm A hangover free life
So as I have pared down my blog activity and news sources the one I repeatedly return to is Alcohol Policy UK.  They wrote an excellent retrospective piece about 2016 which you can read here: Alcohol policy in 2016 & what’s in store for 2017? But what really struck me about this blog were the … Continue reading A retrospective on 2016 (Friday sober jukebox: some riot) → The post A retrospective on 2016 (Friday sober jukebox: some riot) appeared first on A hangover free life.
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New buprenorphine study more disappointing outcomes

Feb 23 9:34pm Addiction & Recovery News
So . . . congress recently passed $1,000,000,000 to address the opioid crisis. Much of that money is expected to be spent on medication assisted treatment. Buprenorphine has been the most frequently touted form of medication assisted treatment. I’ve reviewed … Continue reading →...
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Sons of cocaine-using fathers have profound memory impairments

Feb 23 11:48am Cocaine News -- ScienceDaily
Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. The researchers say the findings reveal that drug abuse by fathers -- separate from the well-established effects of cocaine use in mothers -- may negatively impact cognitive development in their male offspring.
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The mechanics of hope

Feb 23 6:47am Addiction & Recovery News
Ok this post is a little odd. I’ve spent a lot of years trying to understand the transmission/kindling of hope in others. A friend recommended the podcast, “Missing Richard Simmons.” It’s good! But, I’m not posting this to recommend it. There’s … Continue reading →...
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Going sky high to prevent addiction and honor lost children

Feb 23 4:00am Parent Pathway
SaferLock is a product designed to keep medications out of the wrong hands. On the SaferLock website, we found this “Sky High” approach to preventing drug abuse while honoring children lost along the way…. SafeLaunch is an innovative nonprofit focused on primary addiction prevention. “We started SafeLaunch to educate parents about brain development,” says SafeLaunch […]...
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The Craving Brain Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

Feb 22 4:38pm BreakingTheCycles.com
I was invited to read and review The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery recently. Unfortunately I am unable to do so at this time, but I was so intrigued by the title and book summary that I wanted to share a Q & A with one of the books co-authors, Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr. […] Author information Guest Author The post The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.
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Brain scans could predict teens problem drug use before it starts

Feb 22 10:53am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
There's an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps -- but not the most engaged. While personality traits like that could signal danger, not every adolescent who fits that description becomes a problem drug user. So how do you tell who's who?...
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Growing number of teens think getting heroin is 'probably impossible'

Feb 21 11:08am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
How easy do adolescents think it is to get heroin? A researcher examines how their perceptions have changed from 2002 to 2014.
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Cocaine addiction leads to build-up of iron in brain

Feb 21 11:07am Cocaine News -- ScienceDaily
Cocaine addiction may affect how the body processes iron, leading to a build-up of the mineral in the brain, according to new research. The study raises hopes that there may be a biomarker -- a biological measure of addiction -- that could be used as a target for future treatments.
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How To Slow Down And Stop Overreacting

Feb 21 9:59am Growing Up Chaotic
Got a question for you. Have you ever been in a situation where you reacted to something or someone and later on you regretted what you said or did? Maybe it’s happened numerous times with a coworker or client. Or maybe this is a problem you’ve had in your personal relationships. Bottom line is this. […] The post How To Slow Down And Stop Overreacting appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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Losing the ACA means losing access to addiction and mental health treatment

Feb 20 2:45pm Parent Pathway
The advocacy organization Shatterproof reports that “If the ACA is repealed, Harvard-NYU researchers estimate that more than four million Americans will lose access to addiction and mental illness treatment. And millions more would be at risk of missing out on future insurance coverage because addiction is considered a pre-existing condition. We can’t let this happen. […]...
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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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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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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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'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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