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Understanding Addiction Counseling – How to Quit Smoking

Understanding Addiction Counseling – How to Quit Smoking

I had a patient who had come in to my clinic to quit smoking. He was smoking 30 cigarettes a day and had tried to quit before but to no avail. On the first night of our smoking cessation class, I taught him a simple practice. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Good article on smoking, addictions in general and how addiction counseling can help.   Many times we might not think of smoking as a serious addiction but it can be just as addictive as some illegal drugs.  Just because something is socially acceptable does not mean it is right.  

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New Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign Focuses on Alcoholism

Gateway Foundation Drug Treatment Supports Alcohol Awareness Month in AprilCHICAGO, March 26, 2013… American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Great article ! We need more focus on alcoholism and treatment programs. See on www.prnewswire.com

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Prenatal Drug Abuse

Prenatal Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse and Prenatal Damage The American Association of Pediatrics recently did reviews on the effects of substance abuse on the fetus. Prenatal Drug Abuse is a serious issue.   Many children while still developing are subjected to drugs and illegal substances.   This leads to growth defects, developmental problems and sometimes death.   If you know someone who is pregnant and still using, speak out!   Even if it is cigarettes and alcohol.   You could be saving a young life.    Get out there and help education! Behnke M. of Healio Pediatrics writes about their findings in the article, “AAP Reviews Effects

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Drug Abuse Counseling: Internet Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Counseling: Internet Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Counseling is a key element in helping abusers stay clean and off of drugs.   This is why learning of potential threats to their patients is very important to drug abuse counselors.   One such threat is the internet.   A study has shown that the internet is making it easier for users to feed their designer drug habits.    One of the reasons for this is because it helps to glamorize these designer drugs.   Another reason is designer drugs are a “Fast Pleasure” and they are easily mixed with alcohol when at a night club setting.    For more information on this

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Why Do Veterans Need Drug Abuse Counseling?

Substance abuse and drug abuse counseling is a needed service in any community.  It affects everyone, especially our war veterans.   Alcohol and drug abuse continues to be a major problem with our vets returning home from war.   How can we help them?   An article has more on this issue. From – lawfirmnewswire.com Do Our Veterans Need Better Drug Abuse Counseling? The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse found that alcohol use remains high for the 30 million veterans in the U.S. Twenty-three percent of male veterans admit to regularly binge drinking, as do 14 percent female veterans. According to data

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Children and Substance Abuse.

Children and Substance Abuse.

Children and Substance Abuse. As society continues to decline morally, as the homes become less stable, then the children suffer.  This is what we are seeing as the turn of the century continues forward.  Children are falling prey to substance abuse.   Children and substance abuse is not a “new” problem.   Children use alcohol and drugs to deal with their problems the same way adults can. Neha Das in the “Deccan Herald” writes about this alarming trend in her article, “Substance Abuse is Norm for Kids” Alot of school-going children (read aged between 10-15) are falling prey to substa­n­ce abuse. At

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Helping Family Members with Substance Abuse During the Holidays

Helping Family Members with Substance Abuse During the Holidays

Substance Abuse Counseling and Helping the Addicted During the Holidays Unfortunately, holidays can also increase substance abuse.  Families need to be aware of family members who may be struggling with addiction as they plan their festive parties. Melissa Brunner reports for WIBI out of Topeka about the harm of simple holiday parties on addicts and substance abusers in the article, “Holiday Season Can Trigger Substance Abuse” The holiday season is a busy and stressful time.  All the festivities – and preparing for them – also can bring a spike in substance abuse.  Stormont-Vail West chemical dependency counselor Fiana Martin says

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Holiday Substance Abuse and What You Can Do.

Holiday Substance Abuse and What You Can Do.

Subsatance Abuse Counseling During the Holidays     All to common, the holidays are misused with alcohol and drugs.  Grief ridden individuals or addicts find the taste of alcohol for that brief moment during the party and the demon again returns as the new year becomes the current year.   Substance abuse counseling can help these individuals remain strong during the holiday season.   Holiday Substance Abuse is a serious issue.   Many families gather together and celebrate with wine.   Alcoholics might have a hard time resisting the urge to drink.  Christine Wolf on Evanstonpatch, writes about her own experiences with her family’s own alcholic related issues

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Substance Abuse Counseling: A Look at Cocaine.

Substance Abuse Counseling: A Look at Cocaine.

Substance Abuse Counseling: The Psychological Effects of Using Cocaine AN ОVERVІEW: Substance abuse counselors today are seeing more cases of cocaine abuse. The coca plant is a native to South America which has been cultivated for centuries and then refined into a substance called cocaine. This popular recreational drug is also a powerful central nervous system stimulant apart from being a mild topical anesthetic. The most popular method of consuming cocaine is to insufflate it in a powder form. It can also be injected intravenously into the bloodstream. Yet another method of consuming cocaine is to smoke crack or freebase