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Terry Hurley
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SMART Recovery – An Alternative to 12-Step Programs

You’ve probably heard of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), but one alternative to these 12-step programs is gaining in popularity. About SMART Recovery SMART Recovery, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, provides an option for those who aren’t comfortable with the religious or spiritual aspects of traditional 12-step programs. Based on scientific...
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The Effects of Marijuana on the Brain

As more states legalize the use of marijuana, it is important to keep in mind that the drug has both short- and long-term effects on the human brain. Marijuana and Its Chemical Compound – THC Marijuana goes by many different names: pot, weed, 420, grass, herb, Aunt Mary, black gold, Mary Jane, and magic smoke...
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Addiction Recovery and The Family Medical Leave Act

Many people know they have an addiction to drugs or alcohol and know they need help. Sadly, many people won’t seek addiction treatment for fear of losing their jobs. They worry they could be fired if they take the time they need to go to a recovery treatment center. What they might not know is...
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Adderall Abuse: Signs and Symptoms

A prescribed medication, Adderall is a stimulant that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Sometimes this potent drug is also prescribed for people with sleep disorders such as narcolepsy or those suffering from depression. However, as with all prescription medications, Adderall should only be...
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What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

Many people think of an alcoholic as someone who always drinks too much, looks disheveled, has difficulty holding a job, and is struggling financially. They may picture a person who has difficulty in their relationships, or is incarcerated, homeless, or hitting rock bottom. Although those things are true for some people with alcohol use disorder,...
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Addiction in the Veteran Community

A Rapidly Growing Problem Substance use disorder is a growing problem throughout the United States. Although alcohol or drug addiction can happen to anyone, for many of our military veterans substance abuse is a significant and rapidly growing problem. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 1.5 million...
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How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Treat Substance Abuse

Frequently used in drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of psychotherapy, or talk therapy. It is used to help individuals with substance use disorders become aware of their negative or inaccurate thinking. They are then able to view stressful or challenging situations more clearly and respond to...
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Dealing with Toxic Relationships in Recovery

As sobriety progresses, relationships need to be reevaluated. Recovery is a time to surround yourself with positive people who are supportive of your decision to become sober and distance yourself from those who are not. When a person is in recovery, it is important that they separate themselves from people in their lives who do...
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Great Ideas for Sober Summer Fun

Summer is a time of hot weather and sunny days. There are backyard barbecues, street fairs and festivals, days at the beach, and outdoor celebrations. For many people in recovery, those events have always included their favorite alcohol or drug of choice. If this is your first sober summer, you will still have an enjoyable...
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The Power of Words: Changing the Language of Addiction

Words are powerful. They can hurt. They can heal. They determine how we view our world and the people in it. When it comes to the language of addiction, words matter. The words and phrases used today frame the way people think about substance use and recovery. They also have a great impact on how...
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