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Why Some People Struggle with Addiction and Some Do Not

No one factor is the 'cause' of addiction. There are multiple culprits, all complex and complicated. They are biological, psychological, & social in nature. The 'cure' for addiction must be equivalent in complexity & holistic to tackle all three dimensions. Anything less will result in poor outcomes & more suffering.
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Why Pornography is So Powerfully Addictive

Porn acts like a drug in the brain activating regions involved in drug, nicotine, & alcohol cravings. This is what makes pornography so powerfully addictive
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Ria Health: Rehab for Alcohol Abuse Disorder on Your Phone

Ria Health is a digital health startup that combines objective data with medication to help people with alcohol abuse disorder reach their goals for treatment.
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Why We Should Stop Random Drug Testing

Random drug testing inflicts psychological harm on people with addiction and impedes their recovery. Here are three steps we can take to stop this practice.
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5 Ways Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Mental Health

People with mental health issues like anxiety & depression may self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to reduce their symptoms. But this can lead to addiction
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Is it Just a Bad Hangover or Something More Serious?

Headache, upset stomach & feeling run down the morning after over-consumption is common. How can you know if it's a bad hangover or something more serious?
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8 Drug-Seeking Behaviors That Might Signal Addiction

Doctors can play an important role in addressing prescription drug abuse in patients. One key is learning to recognize & respond to drug-seeking behaviors.
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This Is How Adult Children of Alcoholics Can Thrive

Adult children of alcoholics can't go back in time and force their caregivers to make the right choices, but they can seek treatment and advocate recovery.
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Suicide in America: Understanding the What and Why

If we want to reverse the growing trend of suicide in America, we have to take a hard look at the underlying causes, including links to the addiction crisis.
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7 Tips to Help You Deal with an Alcoholic Spouse

Living with an alcoholic is traumatic. But when you know how to deal with your alcoholic spouse, life can become better. Here are 7 tips for coping when you have an alcoholic spouse.
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Recovery Durability: Addiction Recurrence Risk Lowers to General Population Levels in...

Individuals who engage in extended SUD recovery for an average of 5 years are statistically equal to being diagnosed with a substance use disorder compared to the average American.
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Rocketman: Reflections of an Addiction Professional

An addiction professional reflects on the addiction and recovery narrative of Elton John as portrayed in the hit movie Rocketman.