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Family Focus: Addiction And The Family

Just how addiction affects families differs from family to family. Lucida Treatment Center puts the primary focus on the individual and their treatment issues. Within that focus is how addiction affects families. How addiction affects families is congruent to how addiction affects the community at large. The Family As A Whole Suffers From Substance Abuse Addiction Understanding…

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Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal assisted therapy is the use of trained dogs or other animals to help human beings with specific health problems. Current evidence indicates that several groups of people, including individuals with cancer, serious heart problems and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can benefit from this form of therapy. The Basics of Animal Assisted Therapy Animal assisted…

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With Benzos, Withdrawing Is Difficult

With Benzos, Withdrawing Is Difficult The benzodiazepines, or benzos, have been prescribed since 1960 (with Valium). They are a class of psychiatric drugs with hypnotic, sedative, anti-anxiety, euphoric, anti-convulsant and muscle-relaxant properties. Today, benzos are the largest class of psychiatric drugs prescribed with over 83 million prescriptions in 2009. For all their properties to lower…

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Difference Between MDMA and Mephedrone

MDMA (ecstasy, molly) and mephedrone are two illegal/illicit substances that act as stimulants in the human body. What is the difference between MDMA and mephedrone? Some recreational drug users/abusers treat these two substances as equivalent and interchangeable. However, according to the results of a study review published in March 2014 in the British Journal of…

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Are 12-Step Groups Safe for Women?

Support groups, especially those using the 12 steps, are loved by many and rejected by others. For substance abusers, a support group is an important part of an overall treatment program. The support group provides emotional and social connections with other people with similar experiences. Support groups give recovering addicts a place to go to…

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The Importance of Family in Addiction Recovery

Whether we have a loved one or family member in recovery from addiction or are the immediate or extended members of the family, the days, weeks and months following our loved ones return home from drug rehab are critically important. This is the time when they need nurturance, love, and support more than ever. How…

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Family-Focused Treatment and Early Detection For Bipolar Disorder

Like most issues that are caught before they become full-blown problems, bipolar disorder in teens can catch parents and family members off-guard. However, if they get family-focused treatment and early detection, those factors can reduce the impact that disorder has on them later in life. What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is characterized by abnormal…