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Study Calculates Life Improvement After Alcoholism Treatment

Posted on July 18th, 2014

Study Calculates Life Improvement  After Alcoholism TreatmentHealth-related quality of life is a measurement that doctors and public health officials use to define each person’s ability to enjoy a productive, satisfying day-to-day lifestyle. People affected by alcoholism, one of two related conditions known together as alcohol use disorder, typically experience a substantial decline in this measurement. In a study published in May/June 2014 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, a team of researchers from Switzerland and France investigated how much the quality of life improves over a two-year period for people who receive alcoholism treatment.

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Researchers Give Topiramate Edge in Alcoholism Treatment

Posted on July 16th, 2014

Researchers Give Topiramate Edge in Alcoholism TreatmentAlcohol use disorder is a diagnosis for alcohol-related conditions that has replaced separate diagnoses for alcohol abuse and alcoholism in the U.S. Several medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of this disorder. In addition, doctors sometimes adapt a medication designed for other purposes, called topiramate, for use in an alcohol-related context. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, a team of federal and university-based researchers conducted a detailed analysis designed to determine if the use of topiramate actually produces positive treatment results for people diagnosed with alcohol use disorder.

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Noted Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist Joins Promises Austin

Posted on July 15th, 2014

Noted Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist Joins Promises AustinAustin, Texas (PRWEB) July 15, 2014 – Craig Franke, MD, will join Promises Austin, a holistic addiction treatment center just outside of Austin, Texas, in mid-July. His team will include a 24-hour nursing staff, doctorate-level psychologist, nutritionist and clinically trained therapists, among others.

Board certified in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, Dr. Franke previously served as medical director for a nonprofit residential addiction treatment center in Austin, and also served as the medical director for Promises Austin. As soon as Dr. Franke’s path brought him back to the Austin area, he pursued re-engaging with his former position.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Promises Austin,” says Dr. Franke. “Having formed a close connection with the team during my previous time here, this really feels like coming home.”

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Alcoholism Damages Ability to Pay Attention

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Alcoholism Damages Ability to Pay Attention People affected by alcoholism experience several harmful, long-term changes in brain function. While some of these changes directly account for the development of an alcohol addiction, others appear in parts of the brain responsible for maintaining the critical ability to focus and maintain attention. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from two Belgian institutions conducted a detailed exploration of the ways in which alcoholism damages the ability to pay attention. These researchers concluded that the most crucial changes involve a reduction in the brain’s capacity to exercise a higher-level faculty called executive control or executive function.

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Recovery Starts with a Plan

Posted on July 10th, 2014

Substance abuse treatment centers offer resources for those wanting to overcome an addiction. When helping a loved one make plans to receive treatment, or seeking it out for oneself, it is important to understand what successful recovery looks like.

Recovery Starts with a PlanTo ensure a healthy, balanced recovery, there are several important components that should be in place. If any of these pieces are missing, it does not mean that recovery is not possible, but ensuring a successful recovery demands a careful examination of the plan.

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