Is a Hospital Survey Worsening Our Addiction Problem?

When we see a doctor, we want to think that the doctor is deciding on the best care to make us healthy again. But what if that doctor was under pressure to change what he recommends for us? Surely that could not be good for the patients of any doctor under that kind of pressure. Perhaps it could even make some patients worse instead of better. A news story from Tennessee shows that something as simple as a survey the federal government requires for Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement could set up a series of events that result in more addictive…

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Golf Tournament Raises Money to Save Lives From Addiction

When a teenager chooses to turn to drug use, one could say that they are giving up the power to control their own life just as their life is beginning. Drug substances can quickly destroy an individual’s health, relationships and general outlook on life, robbing from them their drive to set and achieve life goals and become a productive, happy and contributing member of society. For parents of these young individuals, there may be few things as upsetting, frustrating and confusing as watching their teenager sink into the trap that is drug use, abuse and addiction. When this does occur,…

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Universities Focusing on Student Recovery Amid Rising Addiction Concerns

When it comes to drug abuse and addiction problems, many individuals agree that programs focused on prevention and recovery are far more effective than punitive measures. To this end, universities across the nation seem to be recognizing the value in providing more student recovery activities and programs, making it more acceptable for students to get the help they really need.

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Help for the Families of Addicts

Anyone working in addiction recovery knows that families suffer right along with those who are addicted. Parents and siblings suffer the terror that their loved one won’t make it home or worse, have no idea where he is tonight. Children suffer from abuse or neglect of their most basic needs like shelter, food and love. Grandparents and other family may be abused, threatened or stolen from. Families need help, just like the addicted do. What kind of help can be offered to parents and other family? There are actually many ways to increase your understanding of addiction and the options…

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How Addiction Patterns Differ Based on Gender

Drugs are addictive, and they can cause addiction in anyone, from any walk of life. Poor people become junkies just as rich people can, and drug addiction affects people from every corner of the globe. But is there a difference between men and women when it comes to addiction? Certainly there are many ways similar to this in which males and females differ, but is the susceptibility to becoming an addict one of them? There is certainly a possibility that this could be the case, and a body of scientific research seems to back up this proposition. For example, one…

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Should Professional Sports Organizations Punish Addicted Athletes?

Josh Hamilton is an outfielder for the Anaheim Angels, a Major League Baseball team. He has won the most valuable player award for the American League, and has been chosen to play in the all-star game five times. As a first-round draft pick, Hamilton has in many ways lived up to the promise of his career, performing as one of the best baseball players in the league, but at the same time the pressure that comes with such expectations has taken its toll on him, and has threatened his ability to continue his career.

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10 Tips for Starting New After Addiction

Getting sober is hard enough, but making a fresh start in life is in many ways an even more difficult task. Initially, you have to get through the symptoms of withdrawal and conquer the cravings that you feel for another drink or more drugs. Stepping back into the workaday world and resuming a normal lifestyle after spending years as an addict has been compared to coming out of a cave, and it is a process of transition which requires several steps, changes and resolutions to really pull off. If you have recently gotten sober, or are working on your recovery,…

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Narconon Arrowhead Issues New Message in Remembrance to Those Lost to Addiction

During the holiday season this year, the staff and students of Narconon Arrowhead are busy celebrating Christmas with a variety of activities. They kicked off the holidays with a Deck the Halls party, where everyone helped to decorate the building and hang ornaments on the large Christmas tree in the lodge. They helped to decorate and run a float in the Christmas parades in two nearby communities, celebrating the season.

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Is Addiction to Blame for Violence Against Partners

Research published recently by the University of Michigan revealed an alarming fact, that 1 out of every 5 men in the United States admit to having been violent towards his partner at some point. The study was conducted with a population sample intended to be representative of the nation as a whole, casting the spotlight on a disturbing aspect of domestic relations in American society. It was released in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, using data gathered from 2001 to 2003 and made available in the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication, which involved survey responses from around 10,000…

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Can Addiction Be Predicted

The subject of addiction and what causes it is rife with theories.  Any area of life or behavior which is problematic and not well understood all too frequently lends itself to a plethora of complexities and proposed solutions which ultimately prove unworkable and do not result in a betterment of the condition.  So it is with addiction; the speculation and theorizing as to what causes it and what cures it—and whether or not it can be genetically predicted.

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