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Treatment

Treatment is different for everyone. Here are some decisive articles to get you started.

It’s Hard Loving an Addict
2 years ago

It’s Hard Loving an Addict

The landmark rat park study showed that being engaged in social environments made it less likely for rats to foster addictive behaviors. So could these results translate and be successful among humans?

“Human beings have …
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When David Foster Wallace Went to Rehab
2 years ago

When David Foster Wallace Went to Rehab

At the end of 1989, David Foster Wallace was admitted to McLean Hospital, the psychiatric hospital associated with Harvard University, for substance addiction. He was twenty-seven years old and increasingly …
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Scientists ‘Erase’ Memories of Addiction
2 years ago

Scientists ‘Erase’ Memories of Addiction

Methamphetamine is one of the nastiest drug addictions to overcome, in part because memories of the high are so powerful. But what if scientists could erase those drug-infused recollections? Researchers …
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What to Do When a Loved One Has an Addiction
2 years ago

What to Do When a Loved One Has an Addiction

Addiction can be devastating. Recent scientific advances have shaped our understanding of this common and complex problem. The good news is that there are a number of effective treatments for …
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Shame, Guilt and Continuance
2 years ago

Shame, Guilt and Continuance

Shame is just one challenge for survivors of alcoholics. But it’s nothing compared with the guilt…

Meeting someone for the first time since my husband’s death is difficult. There are …
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Seeking Treatment Is a Sign of Strength
2 years ago

Seeking Treatment Is a Sign of Strength

The First Lady recently spoke at the launch of the Campaign to Change Direction, “a nation-wide effort to raise awareness around mental health in America.” This effort, sponsored in part …
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Japan: Land Of The Rising Meth
2 years ago

Japan: Land Of The Rising Meth

We all know that Japan’s drug laws are decidedly strict. So it will probably surprise you to learn that crystal meth was originally invented in Japan. Because of this, crystal …
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A.A. and the Challenge of Evidence-Based Care
2 years ago

A.A. and the Challenge of Evidence-Based Care

Today there’s an excellent basic reading on trial-based treatment in the NYT Upshot blog. If you want to know if AA works, you have to separate treatment from selection effects …
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Retooling Alcoholics Anonymous
2 years ago

Retooling Alcoholics Anonymous

There’s a brilliant piece in The Atlantic called The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous by @GabrielleGlaser. It’s really a must read. Health reform is expanding coverage for substance abuse treatment. But as the writer …
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What Is Relapse?
2 years ago

What Is Relapse?

Relapse is a cardinal feature of addiction, and one of the most painful. Most people who struggle with addiction will have one or more relapses – the return to drug use …
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