Diagnosis: Towards Validity and Consistency

June 23, 2014 by Paul Henry

The way addicts and alcoholics themselves talk about their condition (“an emotional disease,” “a parasite the feeds on our emotions”, “an emotional cancer,” “a fear based disease”) is rarely considered in theories of addiction.

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A Better Diagnostic Understanding of Addiction

June 16, 2014 by Paul Henry

While it may have similarities to other disorders, the emotional dysregulation that characterizes addiction is not the same.

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Memory by Function

March 6, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

The personal story that recovering folks tell at 12 Step meetings is a reconstruction of episodic memories.

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An Addiction Switch?

February 3, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

One characteristic of Delta FosB is its unusual stability. It’s capable of persisting in the brain for a very long time.

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Brain Chemistry and Addiction

April 11, 2013 by Tim Stoddart

This might help to explain why even addicts who have been ‘clean’ for extended periods are unable to return to drug use without further problems.

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Tips on Improving Addictions Education

February 4, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Faded drawing of man's head in profile, on old-looking, stained paper. The "brain area" is filled with gears.

Psychological theories that may be of great interest to professionals can seem like messages from Pluto to a rehab patient.

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Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction

January 8, 2013 by Cecile

One aspect of Lawford’s book that makes it unique and a must read is its careful and powerful weaving of the author’s personal recovery experience with the most up-to-date scientific evidence

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Evolution of a Disease Concept

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

A model generally supersedes other models not because it is perfect in every respect, but because it seems to explain certain aspects better than its predecessors.

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Video: Practical Advice on Prescription Painkiller Problems

December 10, 2012 by Cecile

People have abused opiates for 5,000 years. As much as medicine depends on them, they’ve always created problems for a percentage of users.

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Trapped: Helping Clients Avoid Relapse

June 5, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Would have been easy enough to avoid, had I seen it coming. Unfortunately the brain I was using to make decisions was the addicted one. It was not a friend to recovery.

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