How Mindfulness Meditation Is Making Quiet Waves In Addiction Treatment

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Making Quiet Waves In Addiction Treatment

By Jeanene Swanson There is growing evidence that mindfulness meditation, when done properly, can significantly improve addiction treatment outcomes. There are many different kinds of meditation—mindfulness (also called vipassana), zazen, transcendental, kundalini, qigong, guided visualization, trance-based, heart-based (with a focus on emotional states), and the list goes on. Mindfulness, however, has struck a chord with […]

Screen Drug Users In ER To Establish Treatment?

Screen Drug Users In ER To Establish Treatment?

Every year, millions of Americans end up in emergency rooms as a result of consuming a drug or medication. Some of these individuals have a bad reaction to legitimately prescribed and appropriately used substances. However, many take illicit substances or knowingly misuse a medication prescribed to them or to someone else. In a study published […]

Treating Addiction With Instant Gratification

Treating Addiction With Instant Gratification

Instant gratification is clearly associated with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as addiction. You want the rush of a high, never mind the negative consequences sure to arise in the future. Have one more drink—despite the nasty hangover you’re bound to have in the morning. It seems obvious that instant gratification and acting without […]

Can Medicated Treatment For Opiate Addiction Be Successful?

Can Medicated Treatment For Opiate Addiction Be Successful?

Opiates are drugs that are highly addictive and nearly impossible to stop using without assistance from trained professionals. Opiates include heroin, but also many prescription painkillers and abuse of these medications is on the rise among all populations. Opioid treatment for addiction is complex and multi-faceted. It includes therapy and traditional types of addiction counseling, […]

How To Overcome A Gambling Addiction

How To Overcome A Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling is an example of what experts call a process addiction. Also known as a behavioral addiction, this is the type of addiction that does not involve ingesting a mind-altering substance like a drug or alcohol. Although there is debate over whether these addictions are “true” addictions, most experts agree that there are enough […]