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Long-term behavior change is one of the hardest challenges we’ll ever face

Changing our behavior is a self-engineering challenge with few equals. I’m talking about long-term, sustained change, not short-run bursts that sputter out before real change happens. Whether the change involves diet, exercise, habits, dependencies or anything else, changing behavior is one of the hardest things any of us will ever try to do. This is […]

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Gender Difference Seen in Alcohol’s Effects on Brain’s Reward System

A new study has found evidence suggesting that alcoholism may have different effects on the reward system in the brains of women than it does in men. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report that reward system structures are larger in alcoholic women than in non-alcoholic women.

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Family Involvement is Important in Substance Abuse Treatment

For family and friends of drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals, addressing the addiction is one of the most difficult aspects of helping the addicted person seek treatment. Often, over time, daily family involvement has only managed to enable the addict. Family members frequently do not know how to bring up the issue of addiction therapy, and […]

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Symptoms of Substance Use Disorders (Revised for DSM-5)

The newest revision of the diagnostic manual for mental disorders (the DSM-5) has updated the criteria commonly used to diagnose either an alcohol disorder (commonly referred to as alcoholism) or a substance use disorder.

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The Personality Types of Student Drinkers – Are You One?

It’s not news that drinking on college campuses is widespread.  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about four out of five college students drink alcohol.  And, about half of those students who drink, also consume alcohol through binge drinking. 

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