Tag Archives: Alcoholism

Different Ways to Document Our Happy Moments

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A few weeks ago, Elizabeth Gilbert posted a great idea on Instagram about keeping a happiness jar. Every day she simply writes down the happiest moment of her day and puts it in a glass container. She’s been doing this for over a decade. “I think it might be the most important spiritual practice [of] my life,”[…]

Addiction: A Whole New View

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We’re all capable of being addicts. Here’s the lowdown on our fight against addiction. Our addiction theories and policies are woefully outdated. Research shows that there are no demon drugs. Nor are addicts innately defective. Nature has supplied us all with the ability to become hooked—and we all engage in addictive behaviors to some degree. Millions[…]

Treatments that Work

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Proven methods to stop addictionnow. Because addiction has no solitary cause, the new view toward it demands that single-minded approaches to drug treatment be abandoned. At least four studies, according to William Miller, have found no differences between groups of alcoholics assigned to Alcoholics Anonymous and to no treatment at all. AA simply doesn’t work[…]

What Makes Marriage Work?

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It’s how you resolve conflict that matters most. Research indicates you can get mad as hell or avoid conflict altogether. But the positivity must outweigh the negativity by five to one. If you are worried about the future of your marriage or relationship, you have plenty of company. There’s no denying that this is a frightening time[…]

What We Drink and How We Think

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What We Drink and How We Think: This looks at a study suggesting that drug use may cause aggression. Researcher Brad Bushman; Effect of central nervous systems (CNS) depressants such as alcohol and barbiturates; Effects of CNS stimulants, opiates, and marijuana. “O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away[…]

Compulsive Choices in Addiction?

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How do I approach clients who feel out of control? Is addiction an issue of bad choices or is it a case of biological, compulsive, necessity? If you know anything about me and my views, you know that I think little of anyone who tries to separate these. I see and talk to people all the time who are stuck in compulsive[…]

Early Diagnosis of Alcoholism

Early Diagnosis of Alcoholism

An important clue Alcoholism is defined usually as the abuse of alcohol to the extent that it interferes with physical health and with the social aspects of life, including work. It is compulsive and potentially addictive. It can be present in different ways. Some individuals never drink during the day, but drink every night to the point of oblivion. Others[…]

Stress and Addiction

Stress and Addiction | stress

Chronic stress can increase vulnerability to addiction Stress is a key risk factor in addiction initiation, maintenance, relapse, and thus treatment failure (Sinha & Jastreboff, 2013). Stressful life events combined with poor coping skills may impact the risk of addiction through increasing impulsive responses and self-medication. While it may not be possible to eliminate stress, we[…]

Four Reasons You Should Pay More Attention to Alcohol Abuse.

Four Reasons You Should Pay More Attention to Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol may be one of the most commonly abused drugs in the world. Alcohol may be one of the most commonly abused drugs in the world, and Alcohol Awareness Month is the perfect time to delve into the nitty-gritty of alcohol abuse and the way it impacts our communities. Here are four reasons you should pay more attention to[…]

How to Stop Kids From Binge Drinking

How to Stop Kids From Binge Drinking

We know how to do it, but need the social push The United States has come a long way in encouraging people to smoke less or quit. We need a similar push against alcoholism and binge drinking. Public health measures do help. On U.S. campuses, nearly 40 percent of students confess they’ve downed 5 or more alcoholic drinks at a[…]

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