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Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts – regardless of the consequences. This is where we find ourselves in Stage 2 of the...

You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

While battling chemical dependency, your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients – and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, decision-making, impulse control and behaviors are all affected by how well the brain functions. A healthy diet...

Renewed Faith in Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment

I have witnessed staff conduct insurance utilization reviews advocating for additional days of treatment for clients desperately in need—sometimes successfully and sometimes not.

Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without warning. These events are life-changing experiences and can range from child abuse to losing a...

Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. What was going on? The difference this time was that the...

People, You're Praying Wrong

We are failing miserably in the prayers we are offering up to prevent Americans from killing one another. Why is our skill level so poor in this area and how can we raise it?

The Anti-Psychologists

Psychology has been engaged in a decades-long battle for its soul—is it really a field independent of brain psychology? I sometimes view myself one of psychology's last advocates.

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