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Addiction Recovery

Why Is Addiction So Highly Stigmatized?

Addiction is an extremely enigmatic, complicated disease. As we have continued researching and trying to learn more about addiction, our understanding of the disease has evolved. Presently, the American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry.”1 When a person abuses mind-altering substances consistently … Continue reading Why Is Addiction So Highly Stigmatized?

May 4, 2017

Addiction Recovery

What Kind of Addiction and Mental Health President Will Donald Trump Be?

When it comes to how a Trump presidency will view addiction issues, two eyebrow-raising facts have emerged. First, Donald Trump has spoken openly about how he lost his older brother, Fred, to alcoholism at a young age. Fred’s death and the events leading to it impacted Donald in such a way that he never has … Continue reading What Kind of Addiction and Mental Health President Will Donald Trump Be?

January 19, 2017

Addiction Recovery

Can You Cure Addiction?

Every year, new findings are released in the field of addiction recovery. The latest research indicates that addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing maintenance. In the early stages of recovery, addiction treatment can be very beneficial in treating acute withdrawal as well as breaking the cycle of addictive behavior. After initial addiction treatment, … Continue reading Can You Cure Addiction?

June 28, 2016

Addiction Recovery

How to Prepare for the Party Season When You’re Sober

On This Page: Stay Connected to Your Recovery Be Nice to Your Body Use Mental Reminders Coping with Stressful People Make Your Own Holiday Fun Enough Is Enough When you’re sober, you face the year-round challenge of social gatherings that involve alcohol. These gatherings become even more frequent and difficult to navigate during party and … Continue reading How to Prepare for the Party Season When You’re Sober

January 22, 2016

Addiction Recovery

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

On This Page: Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Explain the 12-Step Method Positive Psychology as the Gateway for Spiritual Renewal Sponsorship and the Process of Mirroring The Neurological Effects of Storytelling 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, … Continue reading Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?

December 29, 2015

Addiction Recovery

Is the LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Addiction?

On This Page: Sexual Minority The Effect of Stress Finding Treatment 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 … Continue reading Is the LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Addiction?

December 8, 2015