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Month: March 2013

Can you Force an Addict Into Rehab?

Addiction is a disease of both mind and body. It makes people do things they never thought they would: neglect their loved ones, lose their jobs, drop out of school, lie, cheat, and even steal or hurt others to get their drug. Addicts destroy lives and often die because of their addiction.

Alcohol Abuse and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is an unofficial term used to describe a collection of symptoms that center on damage in the lining of the large intestine. This damage apparently gives undigested food particles and toxins access to the bloodstream by producing minute gaps in the intestinal wall. While there is controversy regarding some of the purported …

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Families of Eating Disorder Victims Need Their Own 12 Steps

Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia bring suffering and sorrow to the lives of their victims. But these compulsive and destructive behaviors also tear the heart and soul out of parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, children, grandparents, and other family members who are forced to stand helplessly by as a person they care for deeply slides …

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Adderall Abuse Can Lead to a Heart Attack

Adderall is the brand name of a prescription medication that contains the stimulant drug amphetamine, as well as a closely related stimulant called dextroamphetamine. This medication is commonly used to control the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and doctors also sometimes prescribe it for treatment of the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Adderall has gained significant …

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Alcohol Abuse and Hemochromatosis

Iron overload is a medical condition that occurs when too much of the mineral iron builds up inside the body and produces a toxic reaction. Doctors refer to this condition more formally as hemochromatosis. Normally, your intestines absorb all the iron you need from the food you eat. But if you have hemochromatosis, your intestines …

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Can’t Stop Eating Them? Food Companies Know It and They’re Doing Their Best to Keep You Hooked

If certain foods are as addictive for some people as drugs, then what do you call companies that manufacture foods in such as way as to make them as addictive as possible? Can food companies work something like the way drug pushers do? A new book by a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for the New York …

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All In the Family: Parents with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Growing up is tough these days. But navigating the winding pathways through childhood and adolescence with a parent who suffers from a mental disorder can be devastating psychologically. At the same time, children often report developing strengths and “spiritual reserves” to help them cope. The experience of children being parented by an adult with obsessive …

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You Need More Than Love To Get You Through Recovery – But It Sure Helps A Lot

If you’ve ever heard the song that has the words, “Love is all you need,” this is a comforting thought that would be wonderful if it was true. It isn’t. But, having said that, when it comes to helping get you through recovery, love may not be all you need, but it definitely makes your …

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