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Posted in Helpful Articles, Smoking

Manipulating Addicts’ Beliefs May Revolutionize Addiction Treatment

People show different brain activity when smoking depending on their beliefs about the presence of nicotine, according to a new study from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. These results suggest that belief has the ability to modify the physiological effects of a drug.

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Posted in Recovery

5 Steps to Facing Life After Rehab

5 Steps to Facing Life After Rehab Life after rehab seems uncertain when all you are focusing on is getting sober and healing from addiction. However, if you want to be successful in recovery, avoid relapse and have a life you can enjoy, you need to think about it. How successful are drug rehabs that don’t address this issue? They are only aimed at getting you clean, not helping you learn how to stay sober. If you are preparing for a stint in rehab or if you are already out and feeling lost, here are some steps you can take to start rebuilding your life.

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Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Best for People With PTSD and Addiction

New findings from an American research team indicate that a form of psychotherapy called integrated cognitive behavioral therapy can help people with PTSD address any co-existing problems with substance abuse and/or substance addiction.

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Posted in Alcoholism

The Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal

When you have reached a point where your life pretty much revolves around drinking, you probably know you have a problem. You aren’t even sure if you are drinking because you want to drink anymore, or if you are drinking because you have to drink. You know you should stop, but you aren’t sure if you can.

Sooner or later you want to try to quit drinking. You may have gotten into some pretty big trouble. There may have been arrests for driving under the influence, or you may have done things while drinking that you never would have done sober, such as crazy risk-taking behavior or violence. You know you don’t want to be that person you are ashamed of anymore, and you can’t change unless you stop drinking.

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Posted in Sex Addiction

Where Do Partners of Sex Addicts Turn for Help?

People affected by sex addiction frequently engage in sex-related thoughts, fantasies and/or actions that can significantly degrade the quality of their relationships, including the relationships they maintain with their spouses and intimate partners. In turn, the spouses and intimate partners of sex-addicted individuals may feel a pressing need to seek help in dealing with their situation. In a study published in 2014 in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, a team of American researchers looked at some of the most common sources of help sought by the partners of sex addicts.

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Posted in Sex Addiction

Mindfulness Can Help Treat Sex Addiction

Mindfulness is the widely accepted term for a meditative practice designed to increase moment-to-moment awareness and thereby generate an increased sense of well-being. Numerous studies support the usefulness of this approach in a range of contexts related to both physical and mental health. In a study published in 2014 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, a team of researchers from UCLA looked at the potential usefulness of mindfulness for men affected by sex addiction, a form of behavioral addiction also known as compulsive sexual behavior, hypersexual disorder and hypersexuality.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Quitting Smoking Boon to People in Alcohol Treatment

Many alcohol treatment programs avoid addressing smoking-related issues for fear of interrupting their primary treatment goals. But in a study published in September 2014 in the journal Psychological Medicine, researchers from three American universities looked at the impact that smoking cessation has on the course of alcohol treatment and found that smoking cessation can cut the rate of alcohol problems in affected individuals by more than 33 percent.

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Posted in Sex Addiction

Low Levels of Spirituality Can Predict Sex Addiction, Study Finds

People affected by sex addiction (also known as hypersexuality or compulsive sexual behavior) have a significantly dysfunctional relationship to sexual activity. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, researchers from the University of North Texas assessed the role that spirituality and religiosity play in the likelihood that young adults will participate in sex addiction-related behavior and found that those with relatively low levels of spirituality and positive religious coping skills have increased chances of getting involved in such behavior.

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Posted in Early Recovery

Awake and Addicted: Insomnia Impedes Recovery

Insomnia is a persistent problem for many people in recovery from addiction and may lead to an increased risk of relapse, a new study by researchers from Stanford University and the University of San Francisco finds.

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Posted in Drug Addiction, Helpful Articles

Doctors Increasing Use of Buprenorphine in Addiction Treatment

The use of buprenorphine to treat opioid dependence has increased dramatically in the last 10 years, particularly among general physicians, indicating a clear shift in opioid maintenance therapy in the United States, a new study finds.

Buprenorphine is a modern opioid medication designed to, among other things, help people affected by opioid addiction break a pattern of uncontrolled drug or medication consumption and stay active in their treatment programs. All licensed doctors can prescribe buprenorphine to their patients; however, doctors who don’t specialize in addiction treatment once largely avoided prescribing the medication. In a study published in late 2014 in The American Journal on Addictions, a team of American researchers looked at the long-term trend of buprenorphine prescribing in outpatient addiction treatment among all U.S. doctors, including psychiatrists and general physicians.

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