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Is Alcohol a Drug? Why It's One of the Worst

When there’s a celebration, people crack open a bottle of champagne. Bars are regular  social scenes where friends meet over a beer. However, is alcohol a drug? Not only is the answer, “yes”, but you could also make the point that it’s among the most dangerous out there.

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Codependency Addiction's Best Friend

You’re struggling with an addiction. The person who lives with you can choose to worsen your condition or contribute to your desire for treatment. How is codependency addiction's best friend? If your loved one decides to support your drug habit, that’s a learned behavior, which mental health professionals call codependency.

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Out of the Wreck I Rise: Interview with Neil Steinberg

Addiction is easy to fall into and hard to escape. It destroys the lives of individuals, and it has a devastating cost to society. The National Institute of Health estimates that seventeen million adults in the United States are alcoholics or have a serious problem with alcohol.

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Addiction and Your Brain: The Internal Recovery Journey

Did you know that addiction literally changes your brain? Abusing addictive substances physically alters the structure of your mind, leading to a destructive spiral. Does this sound familiar to you?

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Interview: When Your Partner Has An Addiction

Photo credit: Connie Ma

Today we're speaking with author and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford. He has spent twenty years in the film and TV industries as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. He's the author of three New York Times best selling books, Symptoms Of Withdrawal, Moments Of Clarity, and Recover To Live.

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The Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

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In November 2016, the Surgeon General made history by releasing an in-depth report on addiction in the United States. 

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy compares this report to the milestone Surgeon General report on the dangers of smoking, which was published in 1964.

The new report states that over 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs, but only about 10% are receiving any sort of addiction treatment. Get the full summary here.

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Why Heroin Relapse Rate Is So High

Did you know that heroin got its name from the German word for “heroic” (heroisch)? Chemists in the 1890s employed the term heroisch for high-potency drugs … and heroin certainly fit the bill.

Plus, early users said that the drug made them feel -- you guessed it -- heroic! For years, heroin was marketed as a safe, non-addictive sedative and cough remedy.

We now know heroin is highly addictive and heroin relapse rates are very high. Why?

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Reviewing Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery

Leading addiction expert Erica Spiegelman discusses her revolutionary new book, "REWIRED: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery." Rewired is a new, breakthrough approach to fighting addiction and self-damaging behavior by acknowledging our personal power to bring ourselves back from the brink.

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7 Ways to Deal with Addiction During the Holidays

If the thought of spending time with your family this holiday causes you to feel anxious and apprehensive, does that makes you ... a very bad person?

Actually, it makes you human.

If you’re feeling stressed about family time with a loved one who has an addiction, you aren't the only one.

How do you deal with your loved one's addiction during the holidays without stepping on land mines and having things flame out of control?

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The Connection Between Anxiety and Addiction

Did you know that anxiety often coincides with depression ... and that these conditions are very common in people suffering from addiction?

Furthermore, did you know that depression can be defined as “anger turned inward”?

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