Family Therapy is Important in Recovery

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Family Therapy is Important in Recovery Recovery from addiction often begins on an individual level but is most often improved when families get involved in strengthening and supporting the person in recovery. Addiction is referred to as a “family disease” because it impacts every member of the family in some way. Further, addiction can be triggered or perpetuated by family issues or contention as well. Thus, successful addiction recovery often involves family therapy to strengthen the individual in...

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Vaping Dangers

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Vaping Dangers . However, research is showing that vaping is equally as dangerous to one’s health and may in fact be even more hazardous. Because vaping sends substances straight into the cells of the body, the damage can be very severe. A recent study concerning vaping dangers was conducted by Irfan Rahman at the University of New York was reported on by Lindsay Konkel in Science News for Students earlier this year. Konkel reported that researchers found that teens complained of wounds that wouldn’t heal and...

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Addiction Habits Similar to Individuals with Obesity

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Addiction Habits Similar to Individuals with Obesity A recent Ted talk given by NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D., about brains of people with obesity indicated some interesting findings. Volkow found that just as with addiction, similar changes happen in the brains of obese individuals when obesity sets in. This seems fairly straightforward: both addiction and obesity involve the way the brain responds to rewarding things, our pleasure centers. The Ted talk discussed how over the years the world has evolved from a...

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Benzo Use on the Rise?

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Benzo Use on the Rise? A recent article published in the American Journal of Public Health titled, Increasing and Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1996–2013, by Marcus A. BachhuberMD, MSHP, Sean HennessyPharmD, PhD, Chinazo O. CunninghamMD, MS, and Joanna L. StarrelsMD, MS indicates that benzo use is on the rise in a big way in the US. The study examined correlations and trends in benzo prescriptions and overdoses in US adults. Benzodiazepines are defined by as, “a type of medication known...

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What is Serotonin?

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Neurotransmitters, like serotonin, allow us to experience different emotions all throughout the day. Sometimes we feel elated and other times we feel in the dumps. The reason for this has a lot to do with these neurotransmitters. Specifically, dopamine makes you feel happy, it is often referred to as the pleasure neurotransmitter. Lots of abused drugs increase dopamine in individuals brain’s. Another neurotransmitter, called serotonin impacts our brains in a different way. Serotonin lifts our moods, helping us...

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Relaxation in Recovery

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Relaxation in Recovery . Many activities and practices of relaxation and meditation are designed to release tension from the body. In recovery, releasing tension can have many desirable outcomes. indicates the following benefits of using relaxation techniques: “* Relief of stress * Sleeping better at night * Improved concentration * Increased ability to learn * Improved memory * Increased blood flow to major muscles * Reduced feelings of anxiety * Increased confidence in the face of challenges *...

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