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Understanding and treating any addictive substance, behavior or activity: Non 12-Step perspective
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Welcome to "Understanding Addiction!"

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Thanks for checking out my online magazine.  It is my intent to provide informative and useful web content regarding addiction. This may include addiction in the news, tips on coping with cravings, addressing specific substances or activities, or presenting cutting edge treatments.

 

12-Step treatment remains the most pervasive addiction model in North America and has helped countless people.  However, due to multiple factors, it is not efficacious for many others.  In addition, there is a large body of empirical evidence supporting alternative modalities as well as the importance of matching the treatment to the individual, avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach. These facts are often underplayed or largely unknown. Thus there is a need to offer greater visibility and accessibility to alternative treatments and models.

 

Let me be clear:  this is not meant as an indictment against 12-Step. As a professional psychologist specializing in this area I tell my clients "do whatever works for you!"  Just as individuals are diverse, so are their paths to recovery.

 

I welcome any feedback and am happy to respond to questions.  Please contact me at:

dangalant@therapybydrdan.com

 

-Dan Galant, Ph.D.

http://www.therapybydrdan.com

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Why Mentally Ill People Should Have Access to E-Cigarettes

Why Mentally Ill People Should Have Access to E-Cigarettes | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
People with mental illnesses have a unique, intense relationship with smoking, which can ease distress as well as kill.
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The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction

The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
AA and rehab culture have shockingly low success rates, and made it impossible to have real debate about addiction
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5 Things You Should Tell Your Kids About Marijuana

5 Things You Should Tell Your Kids About Marijuana | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
As states move toward a more lenient stance on marijuana laws, it is important to know how to address this with our kids. This guide discusses 5 key points.
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The Science of Choice in Addiction

The Science of Choice in Addiction | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
Research has shown that beating addiction is ultimately about regarding addicts as people who can rationally choose.
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Dan Galant Ph.D., www.therapybydrdan.com's comment, October 1, 2013 5:05 PM
Interesting piece that challenges the notion of powerlessness by demonstrating that costs and benefits can outweigh biological urges to act.
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Why She Drinks: Women and Alcohol

Why She Drinks: Women and Alcohol | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
Women's growing predilection for wine has a darker side—and the only way to deal with it is to acknowledge the profound differences between how women and men abuse alcohol.
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Alcohol as Anti-Depressant: How to Break the Cycle | The Fix

Alcohol as Anti-Depressant: How to Break the Cycle | The Fix | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
Daily website for alcohol and drug addiction recovery news and information. Your source for addiction recovery news, rehab reviews and sober living tips.
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Cognitive behavioral therapy in action with dual diagnosis

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Predicting stubborn alcohol addiction: mood, motive may hold keys - Los Angeles Times

Predicting stubborn alcohol addiction: mood, motive may hold keys - Los Angeles Times | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
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Focus on a biological aspect in the BioPsychoSocial model of addiction

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The Abstinence Violation Effect

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I review this very important concept from the relapse prevention literature...

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I explain this very important concept from the relapse prevention literature

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Why Do We Crave Sugar?

Why Do We Crave Sugar? | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
We provide you with a wealth of information on the reasons why we crave sugar. Read this article now to learn many simple tips to beat these cravings. (Why Do We Crave Sugar?
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HuffPost Live

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Breaking News and Opinion
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Video discusses alternatives to AA. Includes Stanton Peele and others

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What really goes on inside rehab

What really goes on inside rehab | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
The author of "Inside Rehab" reflects on the addiction-treatment industry and how it can be improved
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My own program, Practical Recovery is reviewed by the author and I am quoted as well.

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Study Shows Marijuana Often Substituted for Alcohol and Other Drugs — MPP Blog

Study Shows Marijuana Often Substituted for Alcohol and Other Drugs — MPP Blog | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
RT @Pot4Prosperity: Study Shows Marijuana Often Substituted for Alcohol and Other Drugs #Legalize #Pot http://t.co/srqcp2KY
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OpEdNews Article: Bain Capital's grip on addiction--The profit behind 12-step treatment

OpEdNews Article: Bain Capital's grip on addiction--The profit behind 12-step treatment | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
Corporations are jumping the addiction bandwagon because there are no evidence-based, standardized requirements for substance-abuse-treatment centers.
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The Surprising Failures of 12 Steps

The Surprising Failures of 12 Steps | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
How a pseudoscientific, religious organization birthed the most trusted method of addiction treatment
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With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it
The approach made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work for most people, according to psychiatrist Lance Dodes. In fact, he says, the steps can actually be harmful to the majority of addicts.
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The Best Cures for Addiction are Desire and Purpose - Practical Recovery

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Written for Practical Recovery by Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., this article explains why the "Best Cures for Addiction are Desire and Purpose." A must read!
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Myths about substance abuse

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Video from my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3SHEEf41dnds6KknDxUICQ

where I discuss the "myths" of needing to label oneself or hit "rock bottom" before being ready to seek treatment.

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Cocaine Vaccine Passes Key Testing Hurdle

Cocaine Vaccine Passes Key Testing Hurdle | Understanding Addiction | Scoop.it

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have successfully tested their novel anti-cocaine vaccine in primates, bringing them closer to launching human clinical trials.

 


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Biosciencia
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Faces of Addiction: FAQ

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Can Food Really be Addictive? - Care - Naturally Savvy

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Are The Pleasures of Alcohol All in Your Head?

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