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Is Cryptocurrency an Emerging Behavioral Addiction?

Some experts have identified cryptocurrency, and the processes involved in obtaining it, as an emerging behavioral addiction.
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Why Alumni Support is Vital to Addiction Recovery

Data suggests that alumni programs & ongoing services are tied to reductions in substance use & ongoing psychiatric symptoms as well as higher completion rates for rehab.
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If You Believe These Addiction Myths, You Are Part of the...

Hyper-vigilant finger-pointing creates a culture that makes it hard for people to recover from addiction and reenter society without the permanent stigma of addiction hanging over their heads.
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Why We Can’t Punish Our Way Out of the Addiction Epidemic

More investment in rehabilitation and less reliance on incarceration and other punitive measures improves outcomes for those suffering from addiction
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The Need to Support Students in Recovery on College Campuses

College is a time when young people begin to use or abuse substances. Collegiate recovery programs offer students in recovery organized, specialized support.
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Opioids in the Hospital: Relieving Pain, But Causing More Harm?

The addictive nature of opioids and the increasing number of overdoses and fatalities in America has been intensively researched and publicized, but there has...
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Double-Trouble: Why Dual-Diagnosis Matters in Addiction Treatment

Research clearly shows that the most effective treatment for dual-diagnosis is psychotherapy combined with medication-assisted therapy for addiction. In some cases, mental & addiction symptoms may respond to the same medications (eg, bupropion shows promise in treating depression & reducing methamphetamine cravings).
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Are Life Stressors a Factor in the Opioid Epidemic?

In this opinion piece, the author explores links between the pressure to succeed and other life stressors and the epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States.
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Why Seek Professional Help for Alcohol Addiction?

Some people choose to work through their problems with alcohol abuse by themselves. This is not recommended because self-treatment is more likely to end in relapse. Working with a professional can greatly improve a negative situation at home and help your family prepare a long-term plan to prevent relapse later.

Medical Marijuana: What Is CBD and How Is It Different Than...

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for the psychological effects and the “high” associated with ingesting marijuana. Cannabidiol (CBD) doesn't have psychoactive properties but has shown promising medical applications of its own. There are multiple benefits associated with using each of these compounds
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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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Financial Preparedness in the Face of Opioid Addiction

Most people don't plan on having a loved one fall victim to addiction but the sad reality is that it happens and, in West Virginia, it happens quite regularly. Here's what families may have to do financially to adapt if their family is impacted by the opioid crisis, based on my experience being a wealth manager in West Virginia, the #1 opioid state.