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Treatment & Detox Guide

Understanding the Disease Model of Addiction

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The disease model of addiction expresses that addiction is a brain disease. A brain disease which only gets worse as it progresses through various stages. The disease of addiction has no cure, but it can be treated. The answer to treatment is medical intervention (using medication-assisted treatment), abstinence (completely staying away from drugs) and sustained….

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Boozy Betty: a warning of the effects of alcohol

A Prevailing image of students has tended to be that of the hard-drinking kind. Boozy Betty is no different. She’s out drinking with friends into the wee hours, she can’t remember how she got home and her grades are beginning to suffer as a result. Boozy Betty is a poster girl to remind Heriot-Watt students in Edinburgh….

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Thousands of youngsters cautioned for drink crimes

The number of children committing drink-related crime has rocketed by more than a quarter in four years, figures show. Nearly 40,000 children have been fined, cautioned or taken to court for abusing alcohol between 2003 and 2007, according to official statistics. More than 6,000 children aged ten to 15 were handed police cautions or taken….

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Friends, family feel alcoholism affects

You don’t have to drink to suffer from alcoholism, according to Al-Anon, a self-help recovery program founded in 1951 for families and close friends of alcoholics. Those closest to an alcoholic are deeply affected by the disease of alcoholism — emotionally, spiritually and physically. Although the root of their problem is not always easy to….

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Virtual world therapeautic for addicts: UH study shows

Patients in therapy to overcome addictions have a new arena to test their coping skills—the virtual world. A new study by University of Houston Associate Professor Patrick Bordnick found that a virtual reality (VR) environment can provide the climate necessary to spark an alcohol craving so that patients can practice how to say “no” in….

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