Addiction Treatment

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Is Anonymity Still Required in Addiction Recovery?

What would you say to someone just starting out in addiction recovery? This was the question posed by Yamaha Media to alumni of The Ranch treatment center, whose stories of addiction and recovery were filmed for a powerful video played at the 2015 UNITE to Face Addiction rally in Washington, D.C. Tens of thousands of […]

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Top 5 Benefits of Inpatient Detox

If you’ve been stuck in the “just one more time and then I’ll quit” refrain and getting no closer to that promise as the weeks and months mount, it may be time to seek professional help. Choosing a detox treatment program is the first step on the path to addiction recovery. Detox is the process […]

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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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Yes, That Horse IS Looking at You Funny

A new study on the facial expressions of horses may bring us closer to understanding the unique way that humans and horses communicate, and perhaps explain why horses can be powerful allies in the treatment of addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD and more.

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Do You Need Rehab or a Support Group?

When you realize that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, your next step is to get help, but you have choices. Two common paths that addicts seeking help choose are to go to rehab, staying for weeks or up to a few months, and regular attendance at a support group, including working with […]

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How and Why Addicts Should Forgive Themselves

Forgiveness is consciously releasing feelings of anger or resentment toward someone who has harmed you. It means to stop blaming someone else for things that have happened to you. It means to cancel a debt and give up all claim for reimbursement, to stop looking for apologies or amends from the other person. As part […]

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Horses Helping Addicts Heal

The therapeutic benefit of being around animals has long been known to anyone who has cared for and loved a pet. Whether that animal is a dog or a cat, or even a horse, the unconditional love and the selflessness they exhibit can be immensely healing. For drug addicts, the presence of animals during therapy […]

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Topiramate Reduces PTSD Symptoms, Alcohol Cravings, Study Finds

Topiramate (Topamax) is a medication that, while originally intended for use as a seizure treatment, now sometimes plays a role in the treatment of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse). Significant numbers of the people affected by this disorder also have diagnosable cases of the mental health condition PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). In a […]

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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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Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Gambling Addicts

People diagnosed with gambling disorder have an addiction to participating in one or more types of gambling activity. Specialists commonly refer to this non-substance-related condition as a form of behavioral addiction. In a study published in April 2014 in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, researchers from Canada’s University of Toronto investigated the […]

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