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Tag: Alcohol Abuse

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Addiction and Alcoholism

By Tracey Basset, PsyD Making the decision to seek help for a substance use problem is challenging enough. On top of that, for a lot of people, they face the challenge of choosing where to go, who to see, and what type of therapy will benefit them most. This can be a very confusing and daunting process. My aim for this post is to provide some useful information about the benefits of one type of therapy, my favorite type of addiction therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy? CBT is based on the notion that the way we think influences how we feel and, subsequently, how we behave. Think of it like a domino effect—something happens, you form a

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Better Recovery With Medically Supervised Detox

The effects of alcohol account for one in three emergency room visits every year. This is due in part to the effects of alcohol detox and withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal is the body and brain chemistry readjusting to a permanent sober state, once the individual is no longer consuming alcohol. Chronic alcohol use changes brain chemistry by inhibiting neurotransmitters that induce feelings of relaxation and excitability. Without alcohol these neurotransmitters work in overdrive, similar to a rebound effect.

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Stress And Alcohol Abuse Are A Dangerous Combination

Stress And Alcohol Abuse Are A Dangerous Combination

Everyone faces stress on some level every day, and everyone develops individual techniques and coping mechanisms for handling different kinds of stress. Some stress is moderate yet persistent over time, while other forms of stress are more acute and traumatic. All types of stress share one common denominator, however: they can all easily lead a person into substance abuse if the person does not develop healthy stress relief techniques and coping strategies.

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