How Dangerous Is Binge Drinking?

How Dangerous Is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is a dangerous activity, but most people who do it don’t realize the risks they are taking. One in six adults binge drinks on a regular basis, up to four times a month. Americans of all age groups binge drink, and among college students it is particularly troubling and problematic. So what exactly […]

Addiction Treatment Shortcuts

Addiction Treatment Shortcuts

By Jeanene Swanson @JeaneneSwanson There are certain addiction treatments that some might consider shortcuts, workarounds or substitutes for the real thing. Yet what is addiction treatment if not a combination of therapies that together form an individualized plan that allows people the best chance for recovery? “Harm reduction” is a term that’s been cropping up […]

Personal Goal Of Abstinence Has Best Outcome In Alcohol Treatment

Personal Goal Of Abstinence Has Best Outcome In Alcohol Treatment

As a rule, treatment programs for alcohol abuse/addiction have one of two main goals: establishing drinking abstinence or reducing the harm caused by a client’s/patient’s ongoing alcohol intake. However, irrespective of official program goals, people entering treatment may establish personal goals for successful program participation. In a study published in August 2014 in the Journal […]

Web-Based Training Helps Ease Drinking Problems

Web-Based Training Helps Ease Drinking Problems

Current evidence indicates that a form of experience-centered treatment called cognitive bias modification (CBM) can help people affected by drinking problems. This treatment produces its effects by correcting some of the conscious and unconscious mental habits that support dysfunctional alcohol intake. In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a multinational […]

Do Drug Addicts Belong In Alcoholics Anonymous?

Do Drug Addicts Belong In Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous has a single purpose: to help the alcoholic. Is AA supposed to be a support group for drug addicts as well? Twelve-step programs have been used to successfully treat many other problems with substance abuse and addictive behavior. The variety of programs ranges from narcotics addiction to food, sex and gambling addictions. Although […]