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Why Is It So Hard To Quit Smoking?

By Margarita Nahapetyan "It's easy to quit smoking. I've done it a hundred times," said Mark Twain when he tried to quit smoking his cigar back in 1800s. But as it turns out - it is always easier to say than to do it in reality. So, if all you needed to quit smoking was the latest scientific fact - here it is. U.S.researchers led by Joseph McClernon , an associate Professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Du

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What Does Betrayal Do To Relationships?

Excerpted from The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships By Patrick J. Carnes It happens every fall. Lucy Van Pelt offers to hold the football for Charlie Brown. Every time this happens, Charlie Brown recognizes that this is a ploy to use him. And every time, Lucy comes up with a plausible reason why Charlie Brown should trust her. Charlie Brown sets aside his distrust and takes a risk again. Lucy then does what she always does-jerks the football out

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The Truth About Kids, Alcohol and Other Drugs

Excerpted from Teens Under the Influence: The Truth About Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs- How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do About It By Katherine Ketcham Adolescents who regularly use drugs-and who cannot seem to quit no matter how many problems they experience-are inevitably judged from the outside. Labeled drug abusers, juvenile delinquents, and threats to the community, they are kicked out of schools, bounced around from one helping agency to another, cycle

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The Small Book; Rational Recovery Systems

Excerpted from The Small Book; Rational Recovery Systems By Jack Trimpey For decades, the field of chemical dependency has been dominated by "The Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous. Because of the organizational success of Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12-step spiritual healing program, it has become a universal component in addiction care. Unfortunately, millions of alcoholics are not good candidates for spiritual healing, and can best regain control of their lives throu

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The Seven Deadly Needs

Excerpted from The Seven Deadly Needs By Edward Bear You teach best what you most need to learn. - Richard Bach, Illusions Nobody knows how long he's lived here, maybe not even Tyler himself. But most everybody knows him. At least knows who he is. Claims he's been here sixty-some years, but you can't get anybody to swear to it. I mean besides him. Never met anyone who actually remembers him from when they were young. Going to school with him. An

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The Four Rules of the Alcoholic Family

Excerpted from Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome: A Step By Step Guide To Discovery And Recovery By Wayne Kritsberg The Rule of Rigidity The alcoholic family is inflexible. It cannot adapt to change easily, nor does it willingly allow family members to change. This rigid behavior manifests itself in all aspects of family life and has its roots in the way the family attempts to deal with having an alcoholic as a member. One of the effects of

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The Body-Image Therapy Helps Women Quit Smoking

By Margarita Nahapetyan Scientists at Temple University have found that body-image therapy can be more effective than an exercise plan to help women not only keep their pounds at bay, but also to stay smoke-free. One out of every five women between the ages of 18 and 24 years, smoke cigarettes, and the majority of these ladies say that they have no intention to quit because they do not want to gain weight. A significant number of coll

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Teen Marijuana Use Linked To Psychoses

By Margarita Nahapetyan Teenagers who are longtime marijuana smokers are at an increased risk of developing psychoses, such as schizophrenia, hallucinations and delusions, compared to short-term smokers or those who have never smoked pot, a new research suggests. Scientists at the Brain Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia, tracked 3,801 young adults with the ages between 14 and 21 years. The participants and their mot

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Teen Marijuana Use Linked To Evenings Spent Out With Friends

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new study published this week in the February issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, showed worrying statistics about use of marijuana among teenagers. Research found that smoking pot among teens has dramatically increased in many countries between 2002 and 2006, and those who went out with friends in the evening were more likely to consume it occasionally. The results have been based on the youngsters' own report

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Students Drink Booze More Than They Study

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has never been a secret or a surprise, that college students, and particularly freshmen, like to party and have fun. However, according to the survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, college students spend much more time drinking alcoholic beverages than studying. Compared with previous years, the number of college students who drink booze, has not changed much,

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Stage 1 Recovery: Sobriety First - Arresting the Addiction

Excerpted from Destination Joy; Moving Beyond Fear, Loss and Trauma in Recovery By Earnie Larsen Achieving sobriety is always the first step for any recovering addict. This is Stage I Recovery. For an addict, it is always sobriety first. For an addict, every good thing in life begins with sobriety. I struggled with how to write this chapter. The difficulty was not having too little to say, but rather too much. The subject of this chapter, as wit

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Smokers Can Have Stroke A Decade Earlier Than Others

By Margarita Nahapetyan Canadian scientists found yet another reason for smokers to quit the bad habit. According to the new evidence, people who smoke are three times more likely to suffer strokes or mini-strokes than their non-smoking counterparts. In addition to this, researchers from Ottawa stroke prevention clinic found that smokers tend to have strokes almost ten years earlier when compared to those who abstain from cigarettes.

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Shopping Addiction

By Margarita Nahapetyan For many people shopping is considered to be one of the favorite pastimes. For most of them it is just buying some new clothes or presents for close people. But there is another category for whom shopping is much more than just enjoyable pastime, it is a real addiction that in many cases leads to a financial disaster, as well as it brings chaos to person's life and family. Compulsive shopping and spending are d

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Secondhand Smoking Causes Major Depression

By Margarita Nahapetyan Non-smokers who are being exposed to cigarette smoke, not only experience its harm physically, but are twice more likely to suffer from major depression, compared to people who are not exposed to black clouds, a large federal study reports. The study from the University of Miami appears to be the first U.S research to link secondhand smoke to mood and depression. The previous study that was conducted in Japan c

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Problem of Alcoholism

By Margarita Nahapetyan Men in developed countries have a 20 per cent increased risk of developing a problem of alcohol dependence during their lifetimes, according to American researchers from the University of California, San Diego. For women, the risk is put at 10 per cent or less. The problem is "common in all developed countries," where as many as 80 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women drink at some point during their lives,

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Paths to Recovery

Excerpted from Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery By Beverly Conyers, MA A cliché in the treatment community is "Insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results." The truth of this phrase is most evident when dealing with an addicted loved one. In our desperation to bring about some positive change, most of us try the same things again and again - from nagging and scolding, to threatening and pleading, to fixing and

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Overcoming Gambling Addiction

By Margarita Nahapetyan Gambling is an urge of playing a game in which money is normally at stake. There are many forms of such games including casinos, horse races, different kinds of lotteries, card rooms, and stock market betting. Although these kinds of games have been created for entertaining and recreational purposes, there are people who become addicted and who desire to gamble in spite of harmful negative consequences or a need to stop. &#

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Open Questions - Adult Children of Alcoholics

Excerpted from Lifeskills for Adult Children By Janet Woititz, Alan Garner, M.A. Follow up your closed questions with open questions, if you really want to get your conversations going. Open questions are those that ask for more than just a one or two word answer. They encourage others to explore their thoughts by asking for explanations and elaborations. Open questions normally begin with "How," "Why," and "Tell me about," and sometimes with "What." For example:

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Online Programs Effectively Help Smokers To Quit

By Margarita Nahapetyan It is not a secret to anyone how hard it is to quit smoking. However, not everyone might know that the best solution for the problem might be as close as a keyboard of the computer. A new analysis by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, suggests that Internet and computer-based smoking cessation programs are really worth a try. Such methods, including some that are inte

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On-Screen Alcohol Urges People To Grab A Bottle

By Margarita Nahapetyan For the first time ever, the experts are showing that there is a strong connection between watching movies and advertisements with lots of drinking scenes and an immediate desire in young people to reach for the bottle of beer or wine. A study by the scientists from the Netherlands and Canada found that male students who watched films and ads that prominently featured alcohol, were twice more likely to drink al

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Nicotine Reaches The Brain Slowly

By Margarita Nahapetyan Nicotine takes much longer than it was previously thought to build up and reach peak levels in the brain of a smoking person, claims a new research by experts at Duke University Medical Center, U.S. Scientists tended to believe that nicotine inhaled in a puff of cigarette smoke took just 7 seconds to be taken up and absorbed by the brain, and that each puff was producing a spike of nicotine. In other words, two

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New Vaccine For Cocaine Dependence Shows Some Success

By Margarita Nahapetyan Scientists from the United States who have completed early trials on an experimental vaccine for cocaine dependence have announced recently that the vaccine has shown some success in decreasing use in cocaine addicts and even helped some users kick the habit. Similar to a standard vaccine, the cocaine vaccine makes the body produce antibodies to cocaine. When a person inhales, smokes, chews or injects cocaine a

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More about Alcoholism

Excerpted from The 12 Steps Unplugged: A Young Person's Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous By John R. Chapter 3 tells us that all alcoholics have one great obsession: to gain control over their drinking. So, too, drug addicts want to control their use. "Normal" drinkers have no problem controlling their drinking. If they do have a problem with drugs or alcohol, they simply adjust their use, and the problem goes away. We're no

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Marijuana Affects Perception Of The Driver

By Margarita Nahapetyan Marijuana smokers are more likely to get involved in automobile crashes than people who do not drive under the influence of cannabis, report scientists from Canada. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug, the mind-altering substance that is often found in the urine or blood of drivers after an accident. It establishes that people's driving skills are impaired within the first hour after the b

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Learning to Live with Yourself and an Alcoholic

Excerpted from Marriage On The Rocks: Learning to Live with Yourself and an Alcoholic By Janet Woititz Excessive Dependency The alcoholic is a very dependent person. He prefers not to take responsibility for his behavior. Let George do it. Then when George does it, if anything goes wrong, it's George's fault. He himself would not have made the mistake. The alcoholic prefers to have someone make all his decisions for him, including what he eats a

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