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How Do Alcohol Expectations Affect Drinking in People With PTSD?

People affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are unusually likely to develop problems with alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse). In addition, when a person with PTSD drinks excessively, he or she commonly experiences a worsening of PTSD symptoms. In a study scheduled for publication in February 2015 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a …

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Study Suggests Post-Concussion Syndrome May Be PTSD

A new study from the University of Bordeaux in France suggests that a condition classified in the DSM-IV as post-concussion syndrome (PCS) may actually be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-concussion syndrome is the name for long-term symptoms that some patients experience after suffering a concussion. Many experts have expressed dissatisfaction with this label, objecting that …

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My Holistic Approach to Sex and Relationship Addiction Recovery

When I sit in the rooms, I’m sometimes struck by how different we addicts are on the surface. In one of my meetings, there’s a surgeon, a homeless artist and a C-level executive, just to name a few. But we’re all there because of problems with love and relationship addiction (every member of the group …

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Chronic Pain Treatment Increases Risk for Opioid Addiction

Millions of people across the U.S. are affected by health conditions that trigger symptoms of ongoing, chronic pain. A number of opioid-based medications are commonly used to help people dealing with chronic pain; however, use of these medications (especially outside of an authorized context) inherently comes with significant risks for drug abuse and addiction. In …

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Holiday Blessings or Bust? How to Tell if Drugs or Alcohol Are to Blame

Is your feeling about the holidays “Hooray for the holidays!” or “Ugh, the holidays are here again?” While everyone around makes a mad dash to splurge on last-minute shopping or preparations for a fantastic family holiday dinner, are you preparing to put up with various bad behaviors on the part of loved ones? Maybe it …

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Who Can Be a Sex Addict?

When we hear stories of sex addiction in the media and even in addiction literature, we frequently hear of a particular type of sex addict—a man, usually white, probably of middle or higher income.

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