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Traits of an Addictive Personality
Traits of an Addictive Personality

Those who suffer from substance use disorder often experience any number of cross-addictions. Many will find themselves addicted to multiple substances at once. Others may struggle to regulate behaviors such as eating, gambling, shopping, or sex. These latter cases,...

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Benefits of Our Alumni Program
Benefits of Our Alumni Program

Clients who begin their recovery in treatment gain many vital tools, but they also face a major transition period upon discharge. After several weeks of continuous supervision, they must learn to manage their own program of recovery without neglecting the...

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The Deadly Side Effects of Inhalants
The Deadly Side Effects of Inhalants

Many balk at the term substance “abuse,” but in many cases it applies in a very specific manner. Numerous addictive substances, such as prescription medications, are manufactured for reasons entirely unrelated to intoxication. Terms such as “abuse” or “misuse,” while...

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Overview of Case Management Services
Overview of Case Management Services

When discussing our program with potential clients, some of our services require a bit of explaining. For instance, Amethyst clients at all three levels of care—detox, residential and day/night treatment—meet with a supervisor once every week to discuss case...

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7 Great Lessons from Russell Brand's 12-Step Guide
7 Great Lessons from Russell Brand's 12-Step Guide

With nearly fourteen years of clean time under his belt, Russell Brand understands recovery quite well. He speaks on it often, offering revolutionary messages of hope and change. From time to time, he even involves himself in politics, fighting for greater access to...

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Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System
Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Our brain chemistry plays a major role in the development of addiction, so it stands to reason that it should play a role in recovery as well. A primary way of using your brain to enhance your recovery is to tap into the autonomic nervous system. This consists of two...

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How Tom Petty Beat Heroin Addiction
How Tom Petty Beat Heroin Addiction

On the morning of October 2, musician Tom Petty was found unconscious in his Malibu home. Suffering full cardiac arrest, he was transported to UCLA Medical Center. That afternoon, several media outlets reported that he had been pulled from life support. These reports...

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Crystal Meth Addiction and Treatment
Crystal Meth Addiction and Treatment

Like many of today’s street drugs, methamphetamine started out as a strictly medicinal substance. First used in decongestants and inhalers, medical professionals eventually discovered that it could be used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy and depression, while also helping...

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Disease or Choice: Why Does It Matter?
Disease or Choice: Why Does It Matter?

Every once in a while, we witness heated debates on social media regarding the disease model of addiction. Despite widespread acceptance within the medical community, many view the disease model with absolute disdain. They feel that addiction is a choice, plain and...

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