Month: February 2014

Science or Support? 12 Step vs. Non-12 Step Treatment

It’s almost impossible to miss the latest headlines regarding addiction. Every news outlet in the country reported on the fatal heroin overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. They also covered the Vermont Governor’s state of the state address dedicated to the crisis of heroin addiction in his state and beyond. From policy makers to everyday citizens, the conversation about addiction is a hot topic. Many in the general public believe addiction is a moral weakness and that abusers can stop using any time they want on their own. Others, users and non-users alike, don’t quite understand the differences between medical treatment for addiction and after-care maintenance or recovery support groups. Treatment helps a person get sober while support groups help keep them that way. Are Support Groups Treatment? Since the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) some 80 years ago, many off-shoot 12 step groups have formed using similar principles. Examples include Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for those suffering from drug abuse or Overeaters Anonymous (OA) for victims of an eating disorder. 12 step groups offer no medical treatment for addiction or any underlying mental health conditions. What they do provide is a community where those seeking sobriety can attend meetings, listen to others who have experienced similar issues, and perhaps, share their own problems with the group. Here are some some common aspects to 12 step support groups: Based in...

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3 Areas of Impact of Parental Addiction on Children

The negative impact of parental addiction on children hits three main areas – physiological, psychological, and academic – and these can happen in varying degrees. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that the annual cost of substance abuse in the USA tops $600 billion. Though this figure is stunning, it pales in comparison to the less quantifiable but equally profound impact of parental substance abuse on children. Physiological / Genetic Impact of Parental Addiction The in utero impact of maternal addiction is often fatal for the growing fetus. The specific effects differ based on the drug of choice of the mother and the point at which the drug is introduced. The results can severely interfere with physical or mental growth. Possibly both. Mental retardation, fetal alcohol syndrome, neurological deficits, limb and organ malformations, and neonatal addiction are only part of a lengthy list. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is caused by exposure of a fetus to alcohol during pregnancy. FAS almost always presents with similar physical characteristics that include a thin upper lip, upturned nose, heart conditions, and immature growth. Don’t be fooled by thinking small amounts of alcohol are okay during pregnancy. Even a little bit can cause FAS. The good news is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is completely preventable by not drinking any alcohol while pregnant. In addition to the direct physiological effects on the fetus, a growing body...

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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