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How is Personality Factored into Holistic Treatment for Alcoholism?

A British study examining adolescent drinking prevention reminds us personality plays an important role in addiction. Identifying relevant personality traits helps prevent and treat drug and alcohol dependency. The study, dubbed the “Adventure Trial”, followed 2,643 ninth graders over the course of two years. Addiction-Prone Personalities During the study, researchers taught teachers to provide targeted …

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Just Because Alcoholism is in the Family Doesn’t Make it Your Destiny

It’s long been recognized alcoholism runs in families. Initially, environmental factors were thought to be the cause: living with an alcoholic parent “taught” children to deal with problems by abusing alcohol. Over the last few decades, however, research has suggested genetics influence the probability of alcohol abuse more than environment. Some suggest genetic factors increase …

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Medically Supervised Detox from Opiate Addiction: Your First Step to Healing

Opiate addiction terrifies both addicts and their families. The addiction causes insatiable cravings, ravages your mind and body, and has a high risk of overdose. In addition, opiate withdrawal symptoms can be severe. In fact, the unfortunate truth is that the fear of withdrawal symptoms keeps many addicts from seeking treatment. Yet, there is help …

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A Healthy Diet for a Successful Recovery

Addiction takes a terrible toll on your loved one’s health. Often food and nutrition take a backseat to finding and consuming drugs and alcohol. As a result, many people enter drug rehab clinics with serious nutritional deficiencies that may not become apparent until after detox. Nutritional deficiencies can adversely affect addiction recovery. The body and …

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Are You a “Secret” Alcoholic?

When people think of alcoholism, they typically think of the physical signs of drinking: unsteady gait, loss of coordination, loss of consciousness, and vomiting. They may also picture someone who misses work due to drinking, becomes violent when he drinks, or lies about how alcohol consumption. All of these may indeed be signs of alcoholism, …

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Despite Legalizations, DEA Continues to Classify Marijuana as Dangerous

In January of 2013, a federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency by ruling the agency could continue to classify Marijuana as a Schedule I drug. The DEA reserves Schedule I classifications for drugs with a high risk of abuse and no currently accepted medical use. The plaintiff, medical marijuana advocacy group …

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Customizing Your Recovery with Holistic Addiction Treatment

Everyone battling addiction has a different story, and no two people experience the same underlying causes behind addiction. Some use drugs or alcohol because they don’t have the skills to deal with family conflict or work stressors. Others try to self-medicate their coexisting mental disorders, leading to addiction. Even when two people share an addiction …

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