Understanding the Enabling of Addictive Behavior

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as “a treatable, chronic medical disease,” explaining that “people with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.”   Many addiction professionals regard the loss of control over substance use as an important aspect of the disease. While many people… Continue Reading Understanding the Enabling of Addictive Behavior

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Why COVID-19 is Taking a Heavy Toll on the Mental Health of People in States With Large Rural Areas

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of anguish for many Americans. Lockdowns and social distancing can make people feel isolated and lonely, increasing stress and anxiety. More than 460,000 Americans have now died from the disease. As we reported previously on this blog, the number of people reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression… Continue Reading Why COVID-19 is Taking a Heavy Toll on the Mental Health of People in States With Large Rural Areas

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Coronaphobia: The Impact of COVID Anxiety on Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on American’s’ mental health. According to a recent Boston University study, the prevalence of depressive symptoms in adults in the US increased more than three-fold in the spring during the COVID-19 pandemic as compared with before the pandemic. The study found 27.8 percent of US adults had… Continue Reading Coronaphobia: The Impact of COVID Anxiety on Mental Health

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Comprehensive and Individualized Addiction Treatment for Improved Outcomes

Addiction is a complex biopsychosocial disorder frequently driven by co-occurring mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. Severe substance use disorder (SUD) often requires clinical treatment for an extended period to include different levels of care to support sobriety. At Recovery Ways, an individualized treatment plan for a new patient starts with intensive… Continue Reading Comprehensive and Individualized Addiction Treatment for Improved Outcomes

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Wanting, Craving, and Liking in the Addicted Brain

“Until recently, it was generally assumed that if we wanted something, it was because we liked it. But science is now questioning that idea – and pointing the way to a possible cure for addiction,” wrote the BBC’s David Edmonds.    Edmonds describes experiments that confirm that craving or wanting is largely driven by the… Continue Reading Wanting, Craving, and Liking in the Addicted Brain

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Support Series: Self-Care

Self-care is an important recovery tool. Engaging in self-care is an appropriate and healthy way to bolster physical and psychological well-being. During the dark winter months which include the stressful holiday season, uncomfortable feelings or situations can easily threaten emotional stability and potentially trigger relapse.    Self-care has been defined as providing adequate attention to… Continue Reading Support Series: Self-Care

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