Monthly Archives: July 2014

How CBT Can Help Defeat the Negative Thoughts and Beliefs that Fuel Depression and Anxiety

How CBT Can Help Defeat the Negative Thoughts and Beliefs that Fuel Depression and AnxietyDepression and anxiety impact millions of people on a daily basis. For some, the symptoms are troubling but not so severe that they’re unable to function. For others, the symptoms can be debilitating, resulting in lost work time, damaged relationships, and even the ability to hold down a job.
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Brain Training Games: An Effective Way to Keep Your Wits About You?

Brain Training Games: An Effective Way to Keep Your Wits About You?Mom and dad may be getting on in years and aren’t as sharp as they used to be. A loved one or family member returns home from military service suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), or a friend has debilitating effects from past trauma. Substance abuse, with or without a co-occurring mental health disorder, may result in difficulties in decision-making, memory, learning and concentration.
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Prenatal Drug Use May Become a Crime

Prenatal Drug Use May Become a CrimeTo what extent drug-abusing pregnant women should be held accountable in the eyes of the law has been an ongoing debate for decades. In some states, women may be prosecuted for homicide if the baby is stillborn because of drug use, for child endangerment if the child is born with significant defects, or even for giving drugs to a minor. Many of these cases get overturned because the laws were not designed to apply to unborn babies. Tennessee lawmakers are now considering a bill that would allow for prosecuting women for prenatal drug use. The implications could be far-reaching.
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What’s the Difference Between MDMA (Ecstasy) and Mephedrone?

What’s the Difference Between MDMA (Ecstasy) and Mephedrone?MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly) and mephedrone are two illegal/illicit substances that act as stimulants in the human body. 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 Pharmacology, people who treat mephedrone as an MDMA substitute subject themselves to serious potential negative consequences. These include the onset of intense mephedrone withdrawal symptoms and a possible increase in the odds of ultimately developing a physical dependence on drug intake.
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Are 12-Step Groups Safe for Women?

Are 12-Step Groups Safe for Women?Support groups, especially those using the 12 steps, are loved by many and rejected by others. For addicts, 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 time and again to shore up their sobriety and help them resist the temptations to relapse. One of the most serious controversies surrounding traditional, 12-step support groups is the idea that they may not be safe for women.
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Wolf Connection Program Director Interviewed on Telemundo

Teo Alfero, Director of the Wolf Connection Program, talks about the “peculiar” therapy with wolves used for the rehabilitation of young adults who suffer from addiction problems or aggressive behavior. This therapy has shown extremely positive results. Young people take daily walks surrounded by wolves and the interaction with the animals has changed their lives.

It is an 8-week program, which also includes other activities and relaxation techniques. After completion of the program, it enables young adults to fully reintegrate back into society. Dr. Christopher La Riche, the psychiatrist applying the therapy with wolves says that something changes within these young people when they realize that what they feared most may not be so scary now.

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Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Help People Affected by Substance Abuse or Addiction?

Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Help People Affected by Substance Abuse or Addiction?Animal-assisted therapy is a term used to describe the use of trained dogs or other animals in structured therapeutic practices aimed at helping 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. In a study published in 2009 in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, researchers from Mississippi State University and Lindsey Wilson College assessed the potential of animal-assisted therapy to help people affected by substance abuse or substance addiction. The researchers concluded that this form of therapy can improve substance treatment by strengthening the therapeutic alliance that forms between therapists and their patients/clients.
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