Why Should I Stay Sober After Treatment?

The idea of abstinence doesn’t always stick. Many clients who come in and out of treatment are convinced that the time off from drinking and drug use is what they need to be able to drink normally again. Learning about why they drink the way they do, how to manage and control their drinking, is...
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Will Everything Be Better When My Loved One Gets Sober?

Drugs and alcohol are often the symptom of a greater underlying problem which could include a co-occurring mental health disorder. Once the drugs and alcohol are taken away, there is still the underlying problem. Drugs and alcohol are anesthetics- they numb physical and emotional pain. Once the anesthesia wears off, the pain returns. Once an...
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Restrictive Diets are Problematic Because they are Restrictive

“Clean eating” is a dietary trend which has gained much criticism since eating disorder specialists coined a new disorder: orthorexia nervosa. Orthorexia nervosa does not include convention binging, purging, and restricting. People who struggle with orthorexia have an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. The clean diet trend can be taken to the extreme until it...
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Contingency Management Addiction Treatment

When you were growing up, there is a good chance that your parents rewarded you for good behaviors. Such rewards would reinforce your desire to continue the same pattern in the future. Completed chores were probably rewarded with an allowance and following directions were likely rewarded with your parents exhibiting greater trust in your ability...
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Making Abstinence Work

I was reading an article writen by Marsha Rosenbaum and Jennifer Kern titled “Whether It’s Drugs, Or Sex, Abstinence Only Education Simply Doesn’t Work“. I believe the article makes some good points about the need for prevention education based on science rather than “scare tactics” or morality. What the article is alluding to is “Harm...
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