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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Women and Alcohol

Women and Alcohol: By Mary Ellen Hettinger A montage of America’s women alcoholics might include photos of the following nameless faces. * The 64-year-old grandmother who takes her 11-year-old granddaughter bar hopping at night; * College roommates who “get blottoed” regularly, binge-drinking on Friday afternoon, then waking on Sunday at dawn with no memory of […]

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New Advances in Alcoholism Treatment

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism No. 49 October 2000 ———————————————————————— New Advances in Alcoholism Treatment More than 700,000 Americans receive alcoholism treatment on any given day (1). However, the techniques of alcoholism therapy have traditionally been based on clinical experience and intuition, with little rigorous validation of their effectiveness (2). Over the past […]

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FOR ANYONE NEW COMING TO A.A., OR ANYONE REFERRING PEOPLE TO A.A.

  This information is both for people who may have a drinking problem and for those in contact with people who have, or are suspected of having, a problem. Most of the information is available in more detail in literature published by A.A. World Services, Inc. A list of recommended pamphlets and Guidelines is given […]

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Alcohol and Wife Abuse: What’s the Connection?

Donald G. Dutton, PhD Liz was finishing a watercolor painting, when her husband Greg returned home early from a friend’s house. His feigned cheerful “Hi Hon,” didn’t fool her. She knew he’d been drinking and that once he was settled in the house, the facade would disappear as his mood and behavior turned ugly. Liz […]

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