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Month: December 2010

Trauma and the 12 Steps: Impact of Traumatic Relationships on 12 Step Group Participation

Recovery groups such as AA and NA rely heavily upon spiritual principles as well as supportive relationships between its members. These create an atmosphere in which recovering people can repair feelings about themselves and others that were damaged by addiction. Spirituality and supportive relationships also help recovering people replace the dysfunctional and addicted lifestyle that …

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The First Year in Recovery: What to Expect

When you complete treatment for substance abuse or other addictive behavior and are beginning your recovery, you’re probably a little familiar with what to expect during those first few days and weeks. But having learned a bit about what will possibly happen and actually living it are two different things. Then, there’s the whole what …

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Drinking Alcohol May Increase Amphetamine Abuse

Stimulant drugs such as amphetamines are widely abused by young adults who are looking to stay awake and increase their concentration. Previous studies have found an association between amphetamine abuse and the amount of alcohol consumed. A new study has found that there is a direct epidemiological link between alcohol consumption and prescription drug abuse.

New Hope Discovered for Those Suffering from Depression

Depression is a debilitating illness that affects millions of people a year. The World Health Organization reports that, despite the availability of treatment, only 30% of global cases receive adequate care. In the United States and Canada alone, nearly one in ten people suffers from depression. Many have problems functioning at work or at home, …

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Depression May Stand in Way of Smoking Cessation Success

A new study has found that smokers who suffer from depression want to quit smoking as much as non-depressed smokers do, but their depression may stand in the way of their success. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego found that 24 percent of people who called the California Smokers’ Helpline currently suffered …

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