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Risk Factors for Addiction

Alcoholism can happen to anyone regardless of their background, economic status, or beliefs. Although it is difficult to pinpoint a single link to substance abuse, risk factors for addiction are fairly common. Many of these factors include the environment, genetics, hereditary traits, medical history, or age.In addition, certain types of substances do carry a higher …

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Dual Diagnosis: Where Mental Heath And Substance Use Converge

When you’re researching mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, you may wonder, “What is dual diagnosis?” If you or a loved one struggle with both mental health and substance use, it’s key to find a treatment center that specializes in dual diagnosis. At Recovery Ranch TN, we’re proud to offer top-notch dual diagnosis care …

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Is There a Really Addictive Personality?

We have all heard that some people are prone to addiction, and there seem to be plenty of real-world examples to illustrate the truth of this adage. But is it accurate to say that someone who has suffered through multiple addictions has a really addictive personality? Or is this an overly simplistic explanation for a …

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Long Term Effects of Heroin

Heroin often causes devastating consequences, even after a single use of the substance. Although there are short-term effects of heroin use, the long-term effects of heroin use are potentially more devastating, even deadly.The Ranch Treatment Centers professional staff knows the effects of heroin use on the body, the brain, and your overall well-being. Learn about …

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Electromagnetic Stimulation May Be Able to Wipe Away Cocaine Addiction

Shining laser lights on a certain part of the brain in rats can eliminate compulsive cocaine seeking, according to a study published in Nature. Testing of a similar approach in humans may begin soon, although it will most likely involve electromagnetic stimulation from outside the scalp rather than direct stimulation of the brain by lasers.

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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 …

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