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Moderation in Addiction: Real or Myth?

Moderation in Addiction: Real or Myth?

Addiction recovery ideologies typically advocate total abstinence. But is there another way-moderation? Is it possible for an alcoholic to drink modestly, or the problem gambler to game controllably? It is possible for some people to engage in addictive behaviors and not fall prey to addiction- If one can eat cake sensibly or take his narcotic painkillers as prescribed, then surely others are capable of the same sensibility and control. Why don’t they tell us this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs

Moderation vs. Abstinence: No Clear Consensus Among Drug Counselors

  According to a significant number of addiction counselors, it is acceptable for their substance abuse patients to have an occasional drink, whether it is part of an intermediate recovery goal or final treatment goal. In a new study published by the American Psychological Association, experts questioned over 900 individuals from the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors.  The participants were located all over the United States.  Half of them thought that it was acceptable for some of their alcohol abuse patients to moderate their alcohol intake, known as controlled drinking, rather than give up drinking entirely. Similarly, they were asked if moderate drug use was acceptable for drug abuse clients.  Approximately 50 percent said they thought it was okay as an intermediate goal and one-third believed it was okay for … Read entire article »

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Bone Loss and Alcoholism

  Scientists have conducted trial experiments to see if a relationship exists between bone mineral density (BMD) and alcohol abuse.  The aim of the study was to see if bones weakened by years of alcoholism can regenerate when subjects abstained from drinking.  Researchers found in the study that a passage of bone formation and resorption in abstinent alcoholics may be enough to initiate a healthier balance between the two in a period as short as eight weeks. According to senior scientist and physician Peter Malik at the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria, “There are many reasons why alcoholics may develop reduced BMD: lack of physical activity, liver disease, and a suspected direct toxic effect of alcohol on bone-building cells.  A reduced BMD carries an increased risk of fractures with all the consequences; osteoporotic … Read entire article »

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Guido and Guidette Solidarity at Its Best

  We have all seen the hit, party-driven show Jersey Shore, now running for close to four years and currently in its 6th season, and “situations” are changing for some of its cast members.  Recently, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino went to rehab for an addiction to pills and now alcohol along with the mix.  Snookie has also been abstinent from the bottle due to her baby bump.  No one wants to see a little alcohol-crazed six-inch baby running around. The final season of Jersey Shore has started filming, and the first episode will be a shocker to everyone.  From a video caught by TMZ’s paparazzi, every cast member is seen at a bar with not a drop of alcohol being drunk or in hand.  Since two of JS’s most famous cast members … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News

Methadone Maintenance

Methadone Maintenance

  During the last days of my most recent run, Methadone maintenance sounded like my only viable route towards ending my thirteen-month long relapse and maybe having a life again.  Before I was kicked out of the New York City apartment I had been sharing for several months due to the discovery of one of my dirty needles in the couch, a family member put me in touch with a second cousin who had been a … Read entire article »

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AA The Only Way? Part 2

AA The Only Way? Part 2

  For those who are struggling with 12-Step programs or have not found 12-Step programs useful in their own lives, there are a small number of alternative support systems with varying approaches towards addiction and recovery. LifeRing:  A network of support groups that promotes abstinence and the power of the individual to recover from addiction. LifeRing employs positive social reinforcement through the meeting process which in turn fosters growth and strength that they find is an inextricable … Read entire article »

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Dating Inside the Rooms of AA

Dating Inside the Rooms of AA

  One of the rules for being in the AA program is to not get involved in any relationships during the first year of your sobriety.  And it is suggested that you not date anyone you have met in the rooms of AA.  To say this can be a difficult rule to follow is an understatement. I am currently 19 years-old; I have been in treatment for about 9 months.  I guess you can call me a … Read entire article »

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Metha DONE – Getting Sober

Metha DONE – Getting Sober

  I wake up bright and early, stretch my arms and legs, yawn, and take my phone from my pocket to check the time. It is 8:30.  Perfect.  Just in time to make it to class.  I make an attempt to roll over and reach for the curtain to draw it back and greet another gloomy July morning in San Francisco, only to realize I am not in bed.  Fuck, I’m not even lying down. … Read entire article »

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