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Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

It’s been an extremely important year for addiction and recovery. We learned quite a bit about the disease, including how alcohol and drug abuse are significantly causes of the shorter life expectancy of Americans. As well, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines that will help to minimize the misuse and diversion of pharmaceutical drugs. In early 2016, President Barack Obama brought much awareness to the state of opioid addiction in the United States by pushing for additional funding for medication-assisted addiction treatment programs. Later in the year, Obama encouraged remembrance of those lost to addiction and […]

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Building a Support System During and After Treatment

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Recovering from an addiction is a long process that involves physical and mental withdrawal, long-term cravings, and lifestyle changes that will help you to combat the original causes of your addiction and your addiction triggers. While the first step to overcoming an addiction is always seeking out professional help for addiction treatment, you will have to begin to build a support group around yourself while you are in treatment so that you can rely on people to help you once you no longer have the support of a clinic or facility. Your therapist or counselor will no doubt discuss building […]

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Is There a Place for Spirituality in Addiction Recovery?

Is There a Place for Spirituality in Addiction Recovery?

Addiction is an extremely polarizing topic. While the medical and scientific communities agree that it’s a brain disease, there are still many people in the general public who see addiction as an issue of morality. In short, the common misconception is that those who struggle with substance abuse issues are simply bad people. Since addicts so often find themselves demonized in society,1 many are resistant to treatment since it requires them to openly identify as an addict. Clearly, there’s a discrepancy between what’s known about addiction as a disease and the negative perceptions that often keep people from seeking the […]

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New Study Suggests Everyone’s Brain Is Wired for Addiction

New Study Suggests Everyone’s Brain Is Wired for Addiction

As anyone who has struggled with addiction knows, recovery can often feel like a battle against stigma as much as it is a battle against substance. Our culture often portrays addicts as being broken at best and weak-willed at worst. But what if society’s line between the brains of addicts and non-addicts isn’t actually that distinct after all? Addiction researcher Brian Anderson is the author of the new study “What is Abnormal about Addiction-related Attentional Biases?” The answer, he says, is not much. The idea of “addiction-related attentional biases” is a simple one that should sound familiar to those who […]

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How Mindfulness Is Helping People with Depression and Addiction

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From coloring books to daytime TV, the word “mindfulness” seems to have a presence in every corner of society. But what many don’t know is the practice with roots in Buddhism may do more than just reduce stress. According to an ever-growing body of research, mindfulness is also one of the most effective therapies for treating depression and addiction. Defining Mindfulness Simply put, mindfulness is awareness, not just of what is going on around us (though that can certainly play a part), but everything happening on the inside, too. As mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn explains, “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment […]

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