media and reinforcing addictive behavior

Media and Reinforcing Addictive Behavior

We see it every day on TV, in music, and in the movies: glorification of addictive behaviors. How many times have the following scenarios been exalted?        Young people, often underage, get “wasted” at a party and have tons of fun.        Famous people use drugs and enter into one-night stands…

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How Can I Help an Addict?

Watching a loved one sink deeper into addiction is terrifying. However, you don’t have to stand by helplessly — in fact, you can play a monumental role when helping a person recover from addiction. Recognizing Addiction Even when an overwhelming amount of evidence points to addiction, admitting to addiction is more difficult than you might expect. All…

Do You Have a Friend Who Drinks Too Much?

Do You Have a Friend Who Drinks Too Much?

Watching someone you care about sink deeper and deeper into addiction is frightening and frustrating. Self-destructive behavior, followed by regrets or denials, become the norm; sober days become few and far between. If you are worried about a friend who drinks too much, you can help — but it’s best to be prepared. Getting Started…

Could a Brief Intervention Help Your Loved One?

Could a Brief Intervention Help Your Loved One?

Watching a loved one struggle with substance abuse engenders feelings of powerlessness, despair, and anxiety. The good news is a brief intervention can build a bridge to a longer, more comprehensive substance rehabilitation program, even for those addicts who initially resist treatment. Here is how brief intervention has become an indispensable part of treatment programs…