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Alcohol or cannabis - which is worse for your health?

Alcohol or cannabis - which is worse for your health? | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it

How addictive are each, what harm do they do to your body, and are there any benefits?
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Is the Addicts' "Hole in the Soul" caused by Insecure Attachment?

Is the Addicts' "Hole in the Soul" caused by Insecure Attachment? | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it
Dr. Flores reports that the human need for social interaction is a physiological one, linked to the well-being of the nervous system, as we’ve already seen. When someone becomes addicted, he says, mechanisms for healthy attachment are “hijacked,” resulting in dependence on addictive substances or behaviors. Flores believes that addicts, even before their addiction kicks in, struggle with knowing how to form emotional bonds to connect to other people.

While it’s commonly understood that early childhood attachments to parents and family are necessary for healthy development, Flores says, emotional attachments remain necessary throughout adulthood. It’s not enough, he says, to “just stop drinking. ” To achieve long-term well-being, addicts need opportunities to forge healthy emotional attachments.

Flores reports that this is the reason for the phenomenal success rate of Alcoholics Anonymous over more than 50 years.  When people walk into an A.A. meeting, the whole point is to admit openly that they are an alcoholic and yet to feel fully accepted for exactly who they are, with no condemnation.  What a relief! This experience of, in essence, pure attachment, may be the best attachment experience in their lives – and most people who walk in and experience this, miraculously, stay sober for decades or a lifetime.

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Sadly, Tech Addicts Have Taken a Page From Drug Abusers

Sadly, Tech Addicts Have Taken a Page From Drug Abusers | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it
In essence, whenever intensely-pleasurable and arousing substances, like cocaine and crystal meth, or experiences, like shopping, video-gaming, gambling and sex, become more readily affordable and accessible, the potential for addiction rears its ugl...
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The alliance in motivational enhancement therapy and counseling as usual for substance use problems

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Methods of Dealing with Alcohol Cravings

Methods of Dealing with Alcohol Cravings | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it

Fighting alcohol cravings is tough. It is the hardest point on the road to recovery where many recovered alcoholics give into their needs and suffer a relapse.

 

 


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Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome - NewRelevant | New Addiction Information

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome - NewRelevant | New Addiction Information | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it
Image via Wikipedia Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a brain disorder due to thiamine deficiency.   Causes Wernicke's encephalopathy and Korsakoff

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Mothers Who Lost Children to Overdose Find Hope | The Fix

Mothers Who Lost Children to Overdose Find Hope | The Fix | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it

What does it feel like to lose a child?

Losing a child at any age, by any means, is agony. But losing a child to drug overdose carries a unique grief, often compounded by accusations and blame.

 

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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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Pot Smokers and Schizophrenic Patients May Share Similar Brain Changes

Pot Smokers and Schizophrenic Patients May Share Similar Brain Changes | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it
The latest data suggest that it's possible to be a pothead.
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How To Overcome Addiction by Creating Empowering Context - Understanding The Victim Story We Create

Visit www.habitmaster.com/65/post/2013/11/1.html to get all videos in this series and MORE! Watch and learn how to master your habits! Develop an understandi...
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What does science tell us about the relative dangers of drugs ...

What does science tell us about the relative dangers of drugs ... | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it
Notice also that alcohol is the highest rated, most dangerous drug and that tobacco is seventh place just below cocaine (alcohol and tobacco are not even considered to be drugs by many people, including, sadly, politicians).
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Brain Scans Reveal Drugs' Effects On Attention | New Addiction Information

raising dopamine levels in mice alleviates attention deficits caused by neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a condition that affects more than 100,000 people in the United States


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What will PCCs do about Drugs Intervention Programmes

What will PCCs do about Drugs Intervention Programmes | Substance Misuse | Scoop.it

Police and Crime Commissioners have the opportunity to tackle failing Drugs Intervention Programmes...


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