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How I Lost My Seroquel Weight

How I Lost My Seroquel Weight

  When I first arrived for drug rehab, my treatment team decided that I would benefit from a medication called Seroquel.  Although Seroquel is an anti-psychotic medication, it is also used to fight anxiety and cravings associated with drugs and alcohol. I wasn’t given much of a choice whether or not to take the medication, so I went along with it. I was given a very heavy dose and the results were pleasant. Seroquel got me through … Read entire article »

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Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

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Cocaine Addiction’s On/Off Switch

Cocaine Addiction’s On/Off Switch

  A new study shows that stimulation of the prefrontal cortex (an area of the brain involved in impulse control and decision making) of rats reduces cravings and compulsive cocaine-seeking behavior.  Scientists at the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) – performed this groundbreaking study. “This is the first study to show a cause-and-effect relationship … Read entire article »

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Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

  In May, a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is scheduled to be released, and experts hope that it will recognize video game addiction. Hilarie Cash runs Seattle-based Restart, one of the few rehab centers that treat internet and video-game addiction in North America. According to Cash, “People’s lives completely fall apart, and there are people who die from it.” (CBC News, 2013) Though these extreme cases are a … Read entire article »

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I Take My Prescribed Meds…And I’m SOBER

I Take My Prescribed Meds…And I’m SOBER

  Sobriety is often a matter of grey area rather than black and white, and such is the case when it comes to taking prescribed medications while working a program. From psychiatric medication to narcotics used to alleviate pain after a surgical procedure, the bottom line is that if these are not being misused and the person who’s prescribed them is practicing rigorous honesty, then it isn’t a relapse. Although some of these medications can ignite … Read entire article »

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Smoking Rates Higher Among People with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

Smoking Rates Higher Among People with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

  Adults with a mental illness or a substance use disorder represent about 25 percent of the U.S. population but account for nearly 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the country, according to a new study by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The researchers also said that the smoking rate among adults aged 18 and older with a mental illness or substance use disorder is about 38 percent, compared with less … Read entire article »

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What You Crave and Why

What You Crave and Why

People may experience different cravings that compel them to compulsively seek foods, substances or behaviors. Cravings that repeatedly arise have the potential to give birth to full-on addiction if not well-managed. Most of the time, someone’s cravings are only satiated by what they crave. Usually that’s something that isn’t necessarily good for us, such as fast food, ice cream, alcohol, drugs or watching TV. There are some cases where cravings that arise lead us to … Read entire article »

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Can Exercise Cause Addiction?

Can Exercise Cause Addiction?

  A study conducted by researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign has put into question the long-held belief that exercise can help addicts overcome their desire for drugs and alcohol. The results of the study, performed on mice, indicate that people who follow regular exercise regimens may find it harder to overcome their addictions, depending on when they begin exercising and when they begin using substances.  … Read entire article »

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Status Update: Triggered

These days it seems like privacy is a thing of the past.  People appear to feel completely comfortable broadcasting every thought and action of their everyday life using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.  They are constantly updating their status, checking into places, and posting pictures.  I must admit, I cannot completely hate on this; yes, even I participate from time to time.  Although I don’t have a Twitter account, I definitely do get sucked into Facebook.  Some people are just way too interesting to pass up sneaking a peak at.  However, every once in a while, I will come across some photos that take me back to a time where partying and using was the only thing that mattered to me.  It is always the ridiculous photos displaying a long night at the bars … Read entire article »

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