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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is treatment modality offered within most professional addiction treatment programs. As a research-based treatment, CBT is both problem-focused and goal-oriented to help recovering addicts change harmful thought patterns. Understanding CBT How is CBT effective? One of the most common traits in alcoholics and drug addicts is destructive thinking or thought patterns. […]

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Why Spirituality Is Key To Effective Addiction Recovery

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According to a 2014 study conducted at Harvard, spirituality and brain activity are inextricably linked. The study found that mindfulness meditation could do far more than simply redirecting certain thought patterns. It actually changed the brain’s gray matter. Specifically, meditation resulted in “a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus, the part of […]

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How Bay Area Doctors Are Helping Create Heroin Addicts

Physician-Bay Area Doctors Overprescribing Prescription Painkillers

In the fast-paced, technology-driven Bay Area, it’s all about staying on top of your game and pushing through the pain. For many individuals, pain that comes after a sports-related injury or surgery is treated with opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone or fentanyl. While these prescription medications are effective in treating acute and chronic pain, […]

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The Growing Addiction To Heroin In Silicon Valley

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Amidst the bustling Silicon Valley offices filled with driven startup executives and venture capitalists, there is a growing problem of heroin addiction. This reality came to light in 2014 when a Google executive overdosed on the drug while on his yacht in Santa Cruz. The Trend Of Heroin Addiction In Silicon Valley The trend in […]

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How Certain Ways Of Thinking Can Be A Trigger For Relapse

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When it comes to sustaining long-term recovery after addiction treatment, it’s important to avoid those triggers that put you at greater risk of returning to drugs or alcohol. Much of the treatment process is about learning how to identify and avoid these people, places and things that can set off an urge to use. While, […]

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Summit Estate’s Neuroscience Advisor, Dr. Blum: Pioneers Important Advancement To Treat Reward Deficiency Syndrome To Prevent Relapse

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For millions of people in recovery, relapse is a frightening word. Though there are many reasons that individuals suffer relapse, one of the more interesting discoveries is that certain people are prewired genetically to have insufficient numbers of D2 receptors in their brains, which can lead to a lack of dopamine, a chemical in the […]

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Mayhem And Meth: Party Culture And Drug Use In Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley is widely known as a hub of innovation. Those who are familiar with this small, southern division of the San Francisco Bay Area know that it has been the home of a significant number of start-up global technology companies. Included among them are Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Google. Within the walls of […]

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The Addicted Brain: The Dopamine Effect

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Substance Abuse’s Effect On Dopamine Every drug that leads to dependence has been shown to affect the brain’s dopamine system. With some drugs, such as stimulants like amphetamines and cocaine, there is a direct effect on dopamine production while others appear to affect it indirectly. In the case of alcohol, it does not increase dopamine […]

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The Neurological Science Behind Substance Abuse Addiction

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Substance use and abuse starts when an individual likes the way a particular substance makes them feel. For some of us, it’s possible to enjoy a drink or use a drug and never become hooked. Others cross a distinct threshold and transition into addiction. A growing amount of research has shown that during this transitional […]

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Is Silicon Valley Addicted To “Smart” Drugs?

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In the high-flying, fast-paced world of Silicon Valley, techies are pushing the limits each and every day to produce the latest innovation or obtain that next round of funding. With stakes so high, an increasing number of individuals in the technology sector are turning to smart drugs to gain a competitive edge and to maximize […]

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