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Over recent posts, we’ve been exploring the relationship between the brain and addictive behavior. Today, we’re pleased to present the fourth and final installment of our blog series, “Brain & Addictive Behavior.” Today’s topic? The invaluable role of rehabilitation in helping addicts cope with the physical and emotional aspects of addiction in order to embrace…

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Category: Abuse, Addiction, Physiological, Psychological

Addiction is an equal opportunity affliction. It can and does affect people from all backgrounds and walks of life. While you may not think of addiction as the domain of the elderly, senior addiction has been deemed to be a “silent epidemic” by U.S. News & World Report. Here is a closer look at the phenomenon,…

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Category: Abuse, Addiction, Brain

In this ongoing series on the brain and addictive behavior, we’ve recently covered how the brain works, along with how drugs alter the brain. In this third entry, we’ll take an even closer look at how these changes lead to addiction and even death. To be blunt, we cover drugs and death. Understanding Drug Addiction…

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Category: Addiction, Psychological, Recovery

Recovery is a process that endures long after a residential or outpatient addiction treatment program comes to an end. One constant along every step of the way for recovering addicts should be the love and support of family members and friends. Read on for a closer look at how a strong support system bolsters sobriety…

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Category: Addiction, Psychological, Recovery

As scientists have increased their knowledge about both the human brain and the nature of substance abuse, a variety of clinical treatments for drug addiction have emerged. One effective tool used to address addiction as part of a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Here is a closer look at this…

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Category: Addiction, Brain, Physiological, Recovery

Anyone who watched television in the 1980s remembers the commercial depicting an egg being cracked into a steaming hot frying pan accompanied by the dramatic voice-over, “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” While the commercial may have been both memorable and compelling, it also did little to enrich our…

Addiction and depression often go hand in hand. And in the LGBT community, incidences of these debilitating conditions rise even higher. Here’s a closer look at the dual dynamics of LGBT addiction and depression, along with treatment options aimed at helping LGBT individuals regain health and happiness. The Facts A recent report from the Substance…

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Category: Addiction, Recovery

Life is a series of chances to learn from the past in order to embrace a brighter future. For many addicts, however, letting go of past mistakes and reclaiming life through recovery can be easier said than done. Unfortunately, this can be an impediment to living well after recovery. Luckily, there are some things you can do…

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Category: Addiction, Brain, Physiological

Researchers continue to discover the many ways in which the brain and addictive behavior are interlinked. Understanding this connection can be a vital recovery tool for addicts as well as the people who love them. To that end, we’re debuting a three-part series on the brain and addictive behavior, starting with today’s blog: A closer look at…

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Category: Abuse, Addiction, Psychological

The term “disenfranchised” originally referred to people “deprived of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship.” While this may refer to prisoners in its most formal sense, the term has also grown to encompass other groups, such as immigrants, minorities, the poor, the homeless and the elderly, many of whom have been “written…

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