Can Marriage Survive Addiction?

Can Marriage Survive Addiction? By Erica Orloff G and his future wife, S, met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when both were newly sober. Ignoring advice from their respective sponsors to avoid forming new relationships in the first year of sobriety, they embarked on an intense physical and emotional love affair that culminated in marriage […]

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Adolescent Treatment: Its History and Current Renaissance

Adolescent Treatment: Its History and Current Renaissance William L. White, MA, Michael Dennis, PhD, & Frank M. Tims, PhD The United States experienced a number of troubling drug trends during the past decade. Most prominent among these trends was a surge in youthful polydrug use (cannabis, stimulant, hallucinogen, sedative), a rise in juvenile opiate addiction, […]

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Acupuncture: A Valuable Adjunct Therapy

Acupuncture: A Valuable Adjunct Therapy: Michael O. Smith, MD, DAc “Acu detox,” a simple and low-cost technique derived from acupuncture, is now used by approximately 1,000 addiction treatment programs in the United States and abroad. Clinical evidence supports its use in ameliorating withdrawal and craving symptoms of alcohol, opioid, and cocaine dependence, as well as […]

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Depression: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Depression: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment by Joseph M. Carver, Ph.D., Psychologist Introduction: Depression is perhaps the most common of all mental health problems, currently felt to affect one in every four adults to some degree. Depression is a problem with mood/feeling in which the mood is described as sad, feeling down in the dumps, being […]

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REDUCING HARM: A VERY GOOD IDEA

Robert W. Westermeyer, Ph.D. “In essence, a policy of harm reduction requires an approach of pragmatism rather than purism–an acceptance that it may sometimes be better to go for a probable silver than a possible gold.”—John Strang The paradigm of Harm Reduction is a kindergarten-simple. This approach to addiction is viewed by some as compassionate […]

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What is dual diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis occurs when an individual is affected by both chemical dependency and psychiatric/emotional illness. Both illnesses may affect a person physically, socially, psychologically, and spiritually. Each illness has symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively. The illnesses may affect each other, and each disorder predisposes to relapse in the other […]

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