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The Best Type of Psychotherapy For Drug Addicts

August 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Psychotherapy is an important tool in the struggle to overcome drug abuse. Various forms of psychotherapy have been employed to help individuals understand the past and learn problem solving strategies for dealing with many of life’s pressing problems.

Psychotherapy is known by different names such as therapy, talk therapy, counseling, and psychosocial therapy. Psychotherapy is an important part of a comprehensive drug treatment program and any program you enter should include individual as well as group counseling sessions.

Psychotherapy can help in many ways. Some of these include:

* Discovering effective coping techniques and new possibilities for solving problems. Many substance abusers report using drugs to help them cope with life. Discovering alternative ways of dealing with the ups and downs of life is vital to lasting recovery.

* Understanding some of the reasons for abusing substances.

* Learning to identify and change behaviors and/or thoughts that can adversely affect your life.

* Exploring important relationships and experiences and learning how they may be helping or hindering your recovery.

* Learning to set and reach realistic goals. Understanding how to think in terms of goals is an effective strategy in overcoming depression.

Psychotherapy is important in alleviating symptoms of mental illness that may be underlying factors in substance abuse. Therapy may be short-term or long-term, depending on the individual situation. Psychotherapy sessions can be conducted in group, family or individual therapy settings.

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Amino Acid Therapy is Effective For Drug Abuse Recovery

August 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Amino-acid Therapy is a powerful natural means of healing and repair from drug abuse. This approach offers a highly effective alternative to standard addiction therapies.

It is generally accepted that 20 amino acids are important to human nutrition for adults. They are the chemical units or “building blocks” of the body that make up proteins. They are all crucial to our health for repairing the body, promoting proper functioning of the blood, and enhancing communication within the brain and nervous system.

Amino acids are divided into two groups: essential and non-essential. Both types of amino acids are necessary for human functioning. The difference between the two groups is that essential amino acids are not synthesized by our bodies so it’s essential that we get them from another source. Because amino acids are not stored in the body like fats or carbohydrates, we have to consume them on a regular basis to maintain normal physical and mental health.

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The Key to Drug Addiction Recovery – 4 Neurotransmitters

August 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

The term “drug addiction” is a disturbing word that brings to mind other words with equally unpleasant associations such as hopeless, out-of-control, desperate, inadequate, failure—you can no doubt add many more. Part of the reason the word is so upsetting is that for most people who try to overcome drug addiction, treatment options have been limited and often ineffective.

In fact, “conventional” drug addiction treatment programs have a success rate of 25% or less! One of the reasons I believe this to be the case is that these “conventional” programs do not adequately address the physiological basis of substance abuse; more specifically biochemical imbalances that occur in the brains of people with substance abuse issues. The good news is that solutions exist that do address these imbalances and offer hope to those seeking a more permanent solution.

According to Dr. C.E. Gant, author of “End Your Addiction Now”, “substance abuse problems are the result of biochemical imbalances that disrupt the normal workings of brain cells”. These imbalances are particularly important in the biochemistry of brain cells, or neurons. Neurons produce chemical substances called neurotransmitters (the brain’s messengers), and they control virtually every aspect of your life by communication with other cells.

Four key groups of “brain messengers” are related specifically to substance abuse. These particular messengers are vital to our ability to experience pleasure and satisfaction. The healthy functioning of these neurotransmitters is vital to our well-being and our ability to function in a productive manner. The four groups of neurotransmitters include endorphins and enkephalins, serotonin, GABA, and catacholamines.

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Drug Addiction Detox – 2 Effective Methods

August 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

The goal of a detoxification program should be to rid the body of all toxins that may be causing the biochemical imbalances in the body. This includes any drugs, as well as dietary and environmental toxins.

Withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on the toxins in the body and your overall health condition. If the detox is done correctly, the withdrawal symptoms will be minimized.

In some cases you should not attempt to detox on your own. For instance, in cases of severe alcoholism, withdrawal can be life-threatening. You could experience the DTs (delirium tremens) and should be under the care of a professional addiction treatment facility.

Also, if you have been taking any benzodiazapenes, such as Valium or Xanax, seizures could occur so they should be under professional care.

A drug treatment program should offer various detox options. Two of these possibilities are listed below.

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Menthol Content in Cigarettes Used To Recruit New Smokers

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

According to recent research, cigarette companies have manipulated the menthol content in cigarettes to lure young people into smoking.

Menthol masks the harshness and irritation of cigarettes, allowing delivery of an effective dose of nicotine, the addictive chemical in cigarettes. There was a deliberate strategy to recruit and addict young smokers by adjusting menthol to create a milder experience for the first time smoker.

For example, Marlboro introduced Marlboro Milds in 2000, with a lower menthol concentration while raising the menthol content in Marlboro Menthol, favored by older smokers. Menthol brands with the greatest market share growth among young adults had the lowest menthol levels (Marlboro Milds and Newport) among the brands tested.

This is another example of the cynical behavior of the tobacco industry to hook teens and African Americans to a deadly addiction. This is after the industry told the American public it had changed its marketing practices.

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