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10 Hypnosis for addiction recovery treatment – what is it?

Hypnosis for addiction recovery treatment – what is it?

January 11th, 2009

Hypnosis has been on the fringe of psychology and mental health treatment for centuries. Seen as a pseudo-science by the medical establishment, hypnosis has been gaining evidence-based ground recently. But can suggestions made during a hypnotic state really release old patterns of thinking? Can hypnosis transform our fears and break our addictive tendencies? Is hypnosis a verifiable science or an art?

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?

5 INTERVIEWS with addiction aftercare programs: Beating Addiction

INTERVIEWS with addiction aftercare programs: Beating Addiction

January 5th, 2009

America is a country of over 23.6 million addicts … And BeatingAddiction.com is a social network that wants to help. Any addict. Any addiction. Read about the ideas and the beliefs behind this unique community as we talk to founder Alexander Kintis. We explore the WHY? WHAT? and WHO? of Beating Addiction in this interview.

How to treat work addiction? Tips from a work addict

How to treat work addiction? Tips from a work addict

January 1st, 2009

The pressures of a global recession. The need to produce more for ego-satisfaction. Or simply the need to work as a distraction from inner pain. Call it what you will, work addiction is endemic to our society. So what are some tips for workaholics? How can we manage work addiction?

28 How effective is A.A.?

How effective is A.A.?

December 31st, 2008

According to one report, 5 of 100 alcoholics are still sober one year after their first A.A. meeting. The most under reported lifestyle story might be that the majority of American alcoholics who make successful recoveries – 60% – do it outside of A.A. But with over 2 million + members, doesn’t A.A. have a good thing going? What do you think? Are these statistics bunk? Do they prove anything?

3 Social norms marketing for addiction prevention

Social norms marketing for addiction prevention

December 29th, 2008

Social norms marketing is emerging as a major force in changing behaviors – including problem drinking – among certain populations. But just which populations might benefit from this prevention technique? And how do social norms campaigns work? We explore the “power of normal” in this enlightening new field of communications.

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.

1 Surviving Christmas and family time tips for addicts

Surviving Christmas and family time tips for addicts

December 24th, 2008

The holiday season bring us high or low. On either extreme, it’s a time of needed vigilance for addicts and alcoholics, a time when many relapses occur. So what can you do to buckle in and stay in the middle of your game? Here are some tips and suggestions for making it through December 25…and beyond. Other suggestions and experiences welcome.

17 Are steroids addictive?  Anabolic steroid abuse and teen addiction risk

Are steroids addictive? Anabolic steroid abuse and teen addiction risk

December 22nd, 2008

Disapproval of steroid use in the media has been evident for years now. But latest data indicates that 1.5-2.5% of junior high and high school teenagers use steroids to improve athletic performance, muscle strength and physical appearance. And that’s only the teens that reported use. Can teens really get addicted to steroids? And who’s responsible for low self-esteem in a culture that always tells us that bigger is better?

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