Study Shows Widespread Brain Damage in Alcoholics

Posted on April 30th, 2015

Study Shows Widespread Brain Damage in AlcoholicsA recent neuroimaging study in recovering alcoholics found that they have widespread brain damage, but that to some extent this could be reversed if they got sober before age 50. The study, led by Catherine Fortier, PhD, a neuropsychologist and researcher at the VA Boston Healthcare System and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, was published in the December 2014 online issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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Stress and Addiction: A Vicious Cycle

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

Stress and Addiction: A Vicious CycleAround one in five Americans experience extreme stress, and stress has been closely linked to addiction in a multitude of studies. Stress Awareness Month aims to shine the spotlight on stress, to help us all think about ways to reduce our stress and, in the process, to help us move away from poor coping mechanisms for stress like using alcohol or drugs. Stress is ultimately unavoidable, but if the statistics on stress and addiction teach us anything, it’s that how you cope with stress really does matter.

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5 Surprising Ways Meditation Can Help Reduce Stress

Posted on April 17th, 2015

5 Surprising Ways Meditation Can Help Reduce StressWhile stress is nearly unavoidable in this non-stop world and it’s all too easy to fall prey to ever-present stress, this doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Indeed, stress is best when banished because unchecked stress can lead to potentially fatal heart attacks, strokes, ulcers and many other serious medical conditions. What’s a person to do?

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