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Making a Lasting Change: Are You Ready?

Over 30 years ago, a team of researchers identified motivation as a prime indicator of success in recovery. Their research is the basis for the Stages of Change model, which assesses an individual’s readiness to make a permanent life change. Identifying and Increasing Motivation In addiction therapy, the Stages of Change model has become an…

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Is Your Family History A Guide To Treatment?

One size does not fit all when it comes to alcohol and addiction treatment. You are an individual, and the treatment model that works for you will be based on your unique characteristics and experiences. Addiction counselors and clinicians are learning; however, that a look into your family history can provide valuable clues to the…

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Think Twice Before Lighting Up During Rehab

For young people working their way through addiction treatment, a smoking habit may seem like the “lesser of evils.” Not so. In addition to cancer and disease risk associated with cigarettes, a recent study now shows that smoking actually increases the risk for relapse among recovering alcoholics. “Quitting smoking will improve anyone’s health. But our…

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Addiction In Males: Risks, Treatment, and Recovery

While addiction is an issue that affects just about every imaginable demographic group, research has shown that there are stark differences in the respective addiction experiences of men and women. Addiction experts have pointed out that from a societal standpoint, boys and men have historically been rewarded for behaviors like risk-taking, competitiveness, and impulsiveness. In…

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Nutrition and Addiction: Caring For Your Body During Rehab

Substance addiction can damage both the mind and body. Intensive outpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs clients heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Detoxification and cognitive-behavior therapy help purge the body of substances and the mind of negative thoughts that cause destruction. As you’re “unloading” what’s weighing you down, you’ll also need to think about replenishing…

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Long-Time Drug Addicted Young Adults May Be Assisted By Mindfulness

Substance abuse therapists across the United States will be interested to learn of recent research pointing to the usefulness of mindfulness training in reducing the deficits in natural reward processing that may arise for those with more chronic pain and drug addiction issues. This should be reassuring news for those drug-dependent people who do not…

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Self-Control Shields Urban Minority Youth From Drug Abuse And Depression

It should certainly interest many of those families considering young adult recovery programs to read the findings of recent research by Dr. Kerstin Pahl and colleagues at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. The study found self-control among 14 year old urban African Americans and Puerto Ricans to strongly predict low levels of…

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How Marijuana Use And Mental Illness May Be Linked

If there is one explanation for the popularity of services offering mental health support in North Carolina among the families who may be concerned about the drug use of their teen or young adult, it is because of the correlation between mental illness and the abuse of drugs like marijuana. Indeed, studies have been carried…