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.
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?
Does the ability to drink without consequence aid or harm the alcoholic?
Electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback has been employed in substance abuse treatment for over three decades. But can this alternative modality of neurofeedback therapy work for addicts and the treatment of addiction?
Neurology researchers are looking into how to switch off the intense cravings that triggers addiction. They are doing this by tweaking the reward pathways that reinforce addictive patterns. But is managed alcoholism still alcoholism? Should we be seeking such treatments or simply make people choose between intoxication or sobriety?
Remember ping pong balls aimed into cups of beer? Losers guzzle. Now eager participants can hook up to Wii and catch a thrill without the buzz. But is this REALLY what 13 year olds should be modeling?
“There but for the grace of God go I.”
Should we rely on the grace of God or our own works in order to grow closer to a Higher Power? Maybe shifting the paradigm of our old beliefs is a good start. Affirm the goodness of life!
Psychology – the science of mental processes and behavior – is essential to recovery. If it’s true that “you become what you think”, changing our thought patterns for the better indicates growth. This section is dedicated to learning more about the way the mental part of ourselves function and how our heads relate to/create our lives.