It’s Not In Your Head: How Physiological Dependence Takes Hold

For someone who has never experienced addiction, it’s easy to wonder why someone struggling with substance abuse can’t simply stop. If you or someone you love is dealing with a substance abuse problem, you know that it’s not that simple. Psychological and physiological dependence can both wreak havoc on a person’s ability to quit using…

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The Importance of Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Centers

When you need an acute stress disorder treatment center, Recovery Ranch can help you get the help you need. Mental health and addiction treatment centers provide the care you need to get your life back in control. When you are feeling overwhelmed with your mental health, and you are not able to function, mental health…

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Cocaine Use Plummets With Combined Psychotherapeutic Approaches

Combining cognitive behavioral therapy and prize-based contingency management produces substantial benefits for cocaine program participants, a study finds. Cocaine addiction is a fairly common form of substance addiction that unfortunately does not respond consistently to any type of medication-based treatment. For this reason, cocaine-centered treatment programs typically rely on at least one form of psychotherapy…

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Small DNA Variations Play Big Role in Risk for Substance Problems

Researchers have conclusively determined that much of any given person’s chances of developing problems with substance abuse or substance addiction are genetically based. However, no one fully understands all of the genetic factors that increase or decrease the odds of experiencing these problems. In a study published in late 2014 in the journal Addiction, a…

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Sex Addiction and Codependency

Sex addiction is a complicated issue. Some experts would argue that it is a true addiction, but all agree that people can develop unhealthy sexual attitudes, behaviors and compulsions. When sex addiction exists in a codependent relationship, two people are locked in a destructive way of living. Codependency is not uncommon, but when it comes…