This Is What an Addict Looks Like

Dressed in a button-down and slacks, Michael Findeis sits forward in his chair, his voice a permanent whisper as he describes the journey of the brain through addiction and recovery. Behind him on the wall hang two diplomas—a master’s degree in social work and another in psychology. Beside him sits Ryan Drake, a man roughly […]

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In Sickness and in Health: When Married Couples Face Addiction Together

The topic of addiction usually stimulates thoughts and conversations about individuals, the millions of separate bodies who independently develop and suffer from addictions. Generally, most people immediately think about the physical and behavioral effects, followed by economic and legal repercussions before finally exploring the implications for addicts’ families. It may be reasonable to consider the […]

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Addiction and Fame: What’s the Connection?

Addiction, divorce, Jennifer Lawrence’s newest hairstyle: Wait in line in a drug store and chances are you’ll see at least one of these headlining the magazines that, just below, promise to reveal the season’s new lip color. Seeing Jennifer Lawrence on a magazine cover is common enough—I mean, it’s JLaw. Perhaps divorce isn’t all too […]

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Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?

When it comes to the current conceptualization of addiction, most would subscribe to the compelling disease model, which decidedly states that addiction is a chronic, progressive and incurable disease of the brain. In fact, most of the current addiction treatment methods and therapies utilized in recovery programming are based on this notion of addiction being […]

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Is the LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Addiction?

Addiction is an indiscriminate disease. Anyone who experiments with alcohol or drugs—regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, location, political affiliation and so on—could become chemically dependent. Moreover, people can begin abusing dangerous, mind-altering substance for any number of reasons; however, many of those reasons amount to substance abuse being a form of self-medication. In […]

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Newly Diagnosed with HIV/Hepatitis C? Here’s How to Best Get Help

There is a new generation of addicts facing even bigger dangers than the general malaise drugs and/or alcohol eventually bring to the people who abuse them. Besides shattered personal relationships, worn out bodies and financial ruin, many of these new addicts now find themselves staring down chronic, deadly diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C. […]

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Children of Alcoholics Discuss Life ‘in a War Zone’

Blaire Sharpe and Phillip L. Woods know all too well about the pain that comes with growing up in an alcoholic home. But both have overcome that pain to create successful lives and enjoy the kind of peace they never had as children. In her new book, “Not Really Gone,” Sharpe (a pen name) describes […]

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Sleep Issues and Substance Abuse

After turning onto your other side in the darkness for the umpteenth time, you finally sigh and get out of bed. Frustrated, you flip on the kitchen light and pour yourself a generous glass of red wine, and then pull something from the medicine cabinet to help you sleep—maybe narcotic painkillers, Tylenol PM or sleeping […]

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