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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

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

Alcohol Abuse

Top 10 Hardest Drinking States in the Country

Americans drink a lot of alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism[1] found, “Per capita consumption of ethanol from all alcoholic beverages combined in 2013 was 2.34 gallons.” This doesn’t mean every person drinks the same amount. Some individuals choose not to drink any alcohol. Others struggle with alcohol abuse issues and drink … Continue reading Top 10 Hardest Drinking States in the Country

July 23, 2014

Alcohol Addiction

Impulsivity in Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Control the Urge to Drink

Past studies have shown that issues of impulsivity are often problematic for alcoholics, but according to a new study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, a number of psychosocial factors may play a part in the development of impulsivity.[1] It was noted that alcoholics who have experienced at least one of the following … Continue reading Impulsivity in Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Control the Urge to Drink

March 22, 2013

Alcohol Abuse

Should Alcoholic Patients Go to the ER or to Treatment?

Alcoholism requires treatment. This treatment comes from a variety of experienced, specialized medical and mental health professionals. It comes in a range of treatment settings and intensities. While many people are convinced they can quit on their own when they are ready, the fact that they haven’t yet done so reveals just how difficult this … Continue reading Should Alcoholic Patients Go to the ER or to Treatment?

February 11, 2013