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13 Caffeine addiction withdrawal: A coffee addict gets off java

Caffeine addiction withdrawal: A coffee addict gets off java

December 3rd, 2008

Day three of no caffeine and feeling great. This post explores some of the reasons to stop drinking caffeine and some of the early positive effects of kicking a coffee habit. Do we really need to stimulate MORE mental activity in our culture? Do you?

4 Are HIV positive addicts and alcoholics treated equally?

Are HIV positive addicts and alcoholics treated equally?

December 1st, 2008

In honor of World AIDS Day 2008, we explore the ethical issues surrounding addiction treatment of patients diagnosed with HIV. Are these patients subject to discrimination? How possible is it really to treat ALL addicts equally? We explore if and how clinicians limit contact with HIV+ substance abusers and what we can do about it.

6 Top 10 steps in drug addiction intervention

Top 10 steps in drug addiction intervention

November 29th, 2008

Interventions are practices that aim to investigate a potential addiction problem and to motivate an individual to begin to do something about her substance abuse. This list indexes the intervention techniques used to address substance users. Although created for clinicians, these intervention techniques are also helpful for working the 12th Step.

5 Is exercise the new trend in drug and alcohol treatment ?

Is exercise the new trend in drug and alcohol treatment ?

November 24th, 2008

Alcohol and addiction treatment may have just gotten more plain and simple. New NIH grant money is being awarded to researchers to identify possible links between fitness and drug prevention and the benefits of exercise in drug rehab centers. Do addicts and the general population really need this PROOF before they’ll work out daily?

2 Higher IQ in children linked to adult alcohol use

Higher IQ in children linked to adult alcohol use

November 21st, 2008

So higher IQ might be a precursor of addiction. What steps can we take to prevent children and adolescents from the boredom, despair and anger associated with addiction … and offer meaningful alternatives to engaging addictive behaviour?

6 Can acupuncture, acupressure or Chinese medicine cure addiction?

Can acupuncture, acupressure or Chinese medicine cure addiction?

November 19th, 2008

Acupressure and acupuncture has been used by Chinese medical practitioners for thousands of years to treat illness and disease. The idea is that gentle stimulation and pressure applied to specific parts of the body can correct imbalances in the internal biofield. Can this therapy work to cure people of addiction?

17 Drug addiction treatment - Acupressure

Drug addiction treatment – Acupressure

November 19th, 2008

Acupressure and acupuncture are treatment alternatives that can help relieve symptoms of alcoholism and addiction. The system was created to bring energy to specific points in the body, and then to remove subtle blockages of energy. Try it out for yourself with this simple set of instructions and diagrams.

1 Top 10 Addiction PSA’s from the 80’s (part 3)

Top 10 Addiction PSA’s from the 80’s (part 3)

November 16th, 2008

The last of a three (3) part series, these drug prevention videos are a reminder that public service announcements can be low budget and effective, or high budget and really kind of wacky. In the end, it all comes down to the message. And the simpler, the better, in my opinion. What do you think?

4 Preventing health consequences of alcoholism

Preventing health consequences of alcoholism

November 14th, 2008

Does the ability to drink without consequence aid or harm the alcoholic?

32 Ayahuasca : Can psychotropic drugs play a role in spiritual recovery from addiction?

Ayahuasca : Can psychotropic drugs play a role in spiritual recovery from addiction?

November 12th, 2008

Ritualized use of psychotropic drugs has healed people in South American rainforests for generations. Should a shaman guide help addicts today as they trip their way to discover their spiritual connection to the life that surrounds them? Can ayahuasca indeed aid in the treatment of addiction?

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