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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Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcohol Dependence

What Is The Difference? Q: What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence? A: Alcohol abuse is described as any “harmful use” of alcohol. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV describes alcohol abusers as those who drink despite recurrent social, interpersonal, and legal problems as a result of alcohol use. […]

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ADDICTION TREATMENT: WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE DOING?

ADDICTION TREATMENT: WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE DOING? Robert Westermeyer, Ph.D. The field of Clinical Psychology has advanced considerably in the last several decades. From a field dominated in the early part of the century by nebulous and unsubstantiated theories of human behavior and psychotherapeutic techniques of questionable efficacy, clinical psychology has evolved into a […]

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What’s Eating You?

Tools for Overcoming Emotional Eating *Supportive Group Facilitated by  Karen Tyrrell, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC#53705 When: Beginning Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Where: Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling 601 E. Arrellaga St. Ste 102 Santa Barbara, Calif. 93103 www.fullspectrumrecovery.com *This Supportive Group is for adults who are serious about making long-term lifestyle changes and […]

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