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Addiction in the Jewish Community

Addiction is a disease that knows no cultural, religious or socioeconomic boundaries. Anyone is capable of becoming addicted to alcohol, prescription pills or illegal drugs. Long a subject of denial in the Jewish community, addiction is being forced to the forefront of discussion.

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Impulsive Young Teens More Likely to Drink Heavily as Adults

Impulsivity is the term mental health professionals use to describe a personality trait that centers on a habit of acting without giving due consideration to the consequences of one’s choices. Current research links unusually high levels of this trait to increased risks for a number of serious problems, including suicidal behavior and morbid obesity. In …

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Cyberbullying Can Lead to Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues

Cyberbullying is a term used to describe bullying behaviors that take place through various types of modern communications technologies rather than in person. While these behaviors largely mimic face-to-face bullying behaviors, they can potentially have a much broader reach and involve harsher bullying tactics. According to the results of a study published in 2010 in …

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Stress Early in Life Linked to Cocaine Addiction

Traumatic stress is a term used to describe a strong, potentially debilitating emotional reaction to a variety of dangerous or possibly life-threatening events or situations. Common sources of this type of reaction include physical or sexual abuse, severe physical injuries, imminent threats of extreme violence, and exposure to war or terrorism. When traumatic stress occurs …

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Massage Therapy Benefits Drug, Alcohol Addicts

The national price tag for substance abuse is about $500 billion. Between lost productivity, criminal prosecution and health/social programs, the cost of drug abuse is high.  Finding effective therapy methods to work with rehab programs is important to successfully lowering the devastating numbers of drug abusers.  Interestingly, one of the best drug recovery therapies may …

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Nature or Nurture? Why Do People Do Drugs?

There are dozens of reasons people choose to use drugs, and even more reasons that drug use – or any substance use – may lead to substance abuse and eventually dependency. Some people are biologically predisposed to substance abuse and dependency, both of which are diagnosable and treatable disorders according to the DSM-IV. Despite a …

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What If I am Addicted to Two or More Drugs? What Will Rehab Do for Me?

Being addicted to more than one drug presents unique challenges for rehab centers. Generally speaking, it’s more difficult because there are two different foreign chemicals being introduced into the individual’s body, so both have to be considered separately from a medical perspective. Although the psychological requirements for individuals addicted to multiple drugs are roughly the …

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