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Seven Signs You Need Addiction Treatment

Posted on April 26th, 2016

If you’re concerned that you may need treatment for drug or alcohol use, you likely do. According to Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people with substance use disorders typically require professional, long-term care in order to achieve sustained sobriety. The agency also asserts that addiction is a disease of the brain that necessitates treatment to address co-occurring mental health disorders as well as contributing psychological and social factors.

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How to Forgive an Alcoholic Parent

Posted on April 19th, 2016

From parental substance abuse statistics, we know that when a parent is an alcoholic or a drug addict, the children suffer. If you had an alcoholic parent, learning to forgive isn’t easy. Maybe you were abused verbally, emotionally or physically, or you were neglected. Maybe you had to take on more responsibilities than a child should, like caring for a younger sibling. It may also be that you simply didn’t get the attention, affection and love from your parent that is every child’s right. Whatever your experience was, learning how to forgive an alcoholic parent will empower you and bring you peace.

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Do Positive Alcohol Expectancies Have as Much Impact as Negative Expectancies?

Do Positive Alcohol Expectancies Have as Much Impact as Negative Expectancies?

Posted on April 5th, 2016

New findings from an American research group indicate that frequent drinking is motivated to a significant extent by positive expectations of the effects of alcohol use rather than negative expectations.

Alcohol consumption is heavily motivated by conscious or unconscious expectations of alcohol’s physical and mental effects. Some alcohol-related expectations are “positive” in nature, while others have a “negative” quality. In a study published in May 2015 in the journal Addiction, researchers from four U.S. institutions compared the influence of positive expectations on the behaviors of frequent drinkers to the influence of negative expectations. These researchers found that positive expectations play a critical role in the behaviors of frequent alcohol consumers, especially prior to drinking sessions and in the early stages of drinking sessions.

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In PTSD, Brain Loses Ability to Distinguish Safe From Perilous Stimuli, Study Finds

In PTSD, Brain Loses Ability to Distinguish Safe From Perilous Stimuli, Study Finds

Posted on March 29th, 2016

A study from a team of Indian researchers indicates that the indiscriminate fear often found in people affected by PTSD may be the result of abnormalities in a key brain structure called the amygdala.

People with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) often experience fear and detect danger in situations that most individuals view as low-risk or essentially harmless. In a study published in December 2014 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, a group of researchers from India’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research used laboratory experiments on rats to determine if abnormalities in the function of the amygdala help account for such a generalized fear reaction. Among other things, this brain structure helps all human beings stay grounded in reality by creating a specific context for their emotional experiences.

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