Words are Hugely Powerful Mediators of Positive Change

Word Choice and Positive Outcomes The leading barrier to treatment entry by people abusing substances is fear of stigma. Words matter. Our beliefs about substance abuse and compulsive behavior problems—and the potential for change—are built into the words we use to speak about them. Maybe more importantly in this case

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Powerless? Or PowerFUL? The Choice is Yours!

Challenges of Addiction Recoveryby: Hank Robb, PhD, ABPP Though unpleasant feelings come and go You’re always around to run the show! Everybody has a voice inside his or her head that sometimes says, “How about doing something stupid?” The “stupid thing” varies from time to time, person to person, and

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Marijuana, Sleep, and Dreams

The indica vs. sativa debate, continued.  [First published July 13, 2015.] Anyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep. The effect of cannabis on sleep is even part of the never-ending debate over Cannabis indica vs. Cannabis sativa, the

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Heroin in Vietnam: The True Story of the Robins Study

Editor’s note: The famous Robins study on heroin use among Vietnam veterans has been so often—and so recently—misinterpreted that I felt motivated to reprint an older post on the subject. [Originally posted 7/24/10] In 1971, under the direction of Dr. Jerome Jaffe of the Special Action Office on Drug Abuse Prevention, Dr. Lee

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The Manifesto for Children of Alcoholics

Parental heavy drinking affects everyone. The British House of Commons recently issued a manifesto timed to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week. The manifesto was co-written by children of alcoholics, policy analysts, and representatives from charities, medical groups, and other interest groups. The ten-point plan makes the following demands:

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Medical News Today: Preterm delivery puts women at risk of cardiovascular disease

A new study investigates the link between giving birth prematurely and the mother’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. Source: Medical News Today

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Medical News Today: Multiple sclerosis: 'Resetting' immune system may achieve long-term remission

A small clinical trial reveals that over two thirds of patients with multiple sclerosis have been in remission for 5 years after stem cell transplantation. Source: Medical News Today

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Medical News Today: Engineering thyroid cells from stem cells may lead to new therapies

Scientists have found a way to engineer new thyroid cells from stem cells that could lead to models for studying thyroid disease and developing treatments. Source: Medical News Today

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Medical News Today: Majority of Americans think childhood vaccines are safe and necessary

A recent survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of American adults think the benefits of childhood vaccinations outweigh the risks. Source: Medical News Today

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Medical News Today: Acid Reflux in Infants: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

How is acid reflux in infants diagnosed and what are the possible risk factors to be aware of? Can any lifestyle changes help? Do babies outgrow reflux? Source: Medical News Today

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