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11 Should alcohol manufacturers be held responsible for alcoholism?

Should alcohol manufacturers be held responsible for alcoholism?

January 9th, 2009

Alcoholic energy drinks in the U.S. are virtually off the market, thanks partly to legal cases against manufacturers. Alcoholic energy drinks like "Sparks" came under considerable criticism from state attorney generals and consumer groups alike. So if the manufacturers of alcohol are so dedicated to the cause of alcohol responsibility, why aren't corporations creating funds to support recovery? Come consider this and other questions about social culpability.

2 Top 10 cigarette ads and advertisements from the 1950’s

Top 10 cigarette ads and advertisements from the 1950’s

January 7th, 2009

Youth. Happiness. Wealth. In each of these classic magazine images from the 50’s, we see life as it was idealized back then. But don’t you find it strange that the young chick ends up with a man her father’s age? And that health was a part of smoking? Something was seriously off in the 50’s. What else can you read into these illustrated fantasies?

7 Parents. The Anti Drug Prevention program advocates espionage?

Parents. The Anti Drug Prevention program advocates espionage?

December 20th, 2008

The White House urges parents to break into their kids' emails, instant messages and MySpace accounts - but are these common drug prevention practices? If my parents had secretly installed cookies, traced my phone calls and looked at my SMS phone messages I would have lost major respect. Is "The Anti-Drug" campaign off-track? Or is monitoring adolescent communication the new best thing for preventing drug and alcohol use?

15 INTERVIEWS with addiction and drug rehab centers: The Way Station

INTERVIEWS with addiction and drug rehab centers: The Way Station

December 17th, 2008

Continuing our new interview series, we talk to Brian Dooley of the Way Station in Orange County, CA a treatment center that uses neurofeedback to treat brain conditions including autism, ADD, ADHD, addiction, anxiety and depression. I was attracted by the treatment center's pioneering use of biofeedback for addiction treatment, as the modality sits on the fringe of mainstream medical practice. We talk with Brian about their outpatient philosophy and the best practices Way Station uses today.

54 Top 10 juice fast recipes for alcohol abuse and liver detox

Top 10 juice fast recipes for alcohol abuse and liver detox

December 13th, 2008

The body absorbs fresh, raw juice efficiently enough to make it interesting for people looking to detox their bodies from the damage of alcoholism and addiction. Using a juicer breaks down the cellular walls of fruits and vegetables releases all the nutrients into a solution that your body sucks up like a sponge. Interested in learning the top recipes for drug and alcohol detox? Read on.

5 Can ignition interlock devices be a driving hazard?

Can ignition interlock devices be a driving hazard?

December 8th, 2008

In the absence of a parole officer, convicted drunk drivers are now taking breathalyzer tests before their car engines will even start...and they are breathing into the dashboard! Ignition interlock devices all over the U.S. require a BAC (blood alcohol consumption) level of .02-.04% before a car will start. But can the "rolling retest" for blood-alcohol levels endanger the lives of drivers and fellow travelers?

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?

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?

6 Biofeedback as a tool for substance abuse cessation

Biofeedback as a tool for substance abuse cessation

November 10th, 2008

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?

6 Top 10 drug and alcohol campaign ideas --- prevention

Top 10 drug and alcohol campaign ideas --- prevention

November 5th, 2008

Ideas for non-profits and government organizations looking to run drug prevention campaigns. Remember that it's best to start early and that kids are open to messages until puberty. But these ideas are good preventative ideas for any age of your target audience.

Top 10 classic 12 Step recovery slogans for t-shirts

Top 10 classic 12 Step recovery slogans for t-shirts

December 27th, 2008

12 Step sayings are a great way to express yourself and carry the message at the same time. These ten (10) recovery slogans have been hand-picked to represent classic sayings that you've probably heard expressed at 12-step program meetings. If you have more ideas, please send them in! Keep an eye out for the next slogan series on irreverent recovery slogans.

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INTERVIEWS with addiction aftercare programs: STAGES

December 6th, 2008

To inaugurate a new interview series, we talk to Cole Watts of STAGES of Recovery in Lubbock, TX a sober living aftercare program targeting college students. STAGES three core concepts of recovery support, education and career development help guide university students in recovery. Can newly recovered university students really achieve sobriety in a college town? See for yourself.

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2Higher 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?

5Addicted to Obama : is idealism good or bad for addicts?

Addicted to Obama : is idealism good or bad for addicts?

November 7th, 2008

Carl Jung was quoted saying, “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” How can alcoholics and drug addicts view ideals in the context of recovery? The Big Book of A.A. has an answer.

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