It is not unusual for addiction to follow in the wake of mental illness or vice versa. The connections between the two are under study and not fully understood. What researchers know for sure, however, is that there is a definite causal link. It should come as no surprise then, that those who suffer from […]
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Not everyone’s brain works the same. Some people act more impulsively and with less forethought than others. People who experience various forms of addictions tend to behave more impulsively than others. The same is true for people with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD.
There are several ideas about the root causes of addiction. Genetics may play a role. Environment can contribute. Many see it as a disease which, like other physical diseases, has a cause and a treatment. Still others view addiction as brain dysfunction – a matter of chemical imbalances. Even out the chemicals and recovery is […]
Psychotherapy is a very broad term that encompasses several aspects of therapy, analysis and counseling. Not all addicts seek therapy as part of treatment, but many psychologist, psychiatrists, and other professionals believe that they can help greatly with addiction. Becoming addicted to a substance or to gambling, sex, shopping, eating, or anything else often occurs […]
Preparation is one of the most important steps for getting the best results from your addiction treatment. Going through rehab isn’t easy. The fewer surprised you have to deal with once you get there, the better. Following are some guidelines to help you:
Not all addiction treatment centers offer evidence-based treatment. In fact, not all abide by basic ethical standards. Both in the U.S. and abroad, a number of concerns have been raised and human rights violations reported, leading many to question the state of addiction treatment worldwide.
If you’ve been putting off going into rehab to take care of a drug problem, maybe the underlying reason is that you’re conflicted and confused about what actually happens during treatment. Since there’s no effective way to get past addiction without going into treatment, getting a clearer picture of what to really expect during drug […]
You have made one of the most important first steps in beating your addiction: you have admitted you have a problem and need help. With the assistance of research, you know that 12-step programs can be some of the most successful tools in helping you move down the path of recovery. But, for whatever reason, […]
Brain-based therapy is a relatively new idea in the world of medicine and it is used in a variety of ways, sometimes correctly and sometimes not. The concept is a very simple idea, but is complex in practice. It simply means treating people based on the brain and how it functions. This means using the […]
Newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-Step programs may hear about the 13th Step and wonder how they missed an entire step in their recovery. After all, isn’t it called the twelve-step program?