• Addiction And Mental Health Disorders; What Is The Relationship?

    Treating addiction is complicated; the multiple factors that can lead to addiction, the chronic nature of the disease, and the changes it causes to the brain generally make a multi-faceted treatment approach necessary. When addiction is coupled with other mental illness – a condition referred to as “dual diagnosis” – the combined diseases make treatment… View Article
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  • How to Deal with Marijuana Addiction

    It’s likely you are familiar with the dangers and prevalence of ice and other hard narcotics in Australia. By comparison you may think of marijuana as non-addictive and harmless but a number of studies have indicated the use of marijuana in Australia is growing, and using it poses significant risks. Marijuana use is prevalent –… View Article
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  • How to talk about alcohol with your teen

    Parenting isn’t easy. Some days, it might feel like no matter what you do you can’t put a foot right. This makes sensitive topics like alcohol use difficult to broach with your teenager. However, the Australian Department of Health and Ageing reports that at least once a month, 23% of Australian teens aged 14-17 drink… View Article
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  • Breaking free of ice and methamphetamine addiction

    Breaking free of ice addiction   As media, medical professionals and police enforcement have reported, Australia has a significant problem with addiction to ice, also known as crystal meth and methamphetamine. The demand for ice is increasing. In many rehabilitation facilities, people entering rehab for ice addiction recently began outnumbering those entering rehab for alcohol… View Article
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  • You Are Not Alone in Your Addiction

      When you hear the word “alcoholic” what do you think of? Those who have little experience with substance abuse will likely picture a drunk living on the street or passed out in an alleyway. It’s rare that alcoholics fit this stereotype, but those who do tend to be the most public. The stigma that… View Article
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  • Treating Adolescent Substance Abuse

    Treating adolescent drug abuse can be challenging, the problems associated with it such as the secretive aspects of drug use, involvement in criminal activities, drug using peers, despairing and stressed families. At Arrow Health we are providing an outpatient adolescent drug program which is based on multi-dimensional family therapy (Liddle, 2004). This family based therapy… View Article
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  • An introduction to coping strategies for families living with a loved one suffering from addiction

    It’s not just the person with the drinking problem that needs help. Friends and family of alcoholics need support too. When you live with or are close to someone with a drinking problem, you often end up thinking it’s your fault,” says Maria*, a representative from the National Office of Al-Anon Family Groups. The groups,… View Article
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  • Instead Of Arresting Drug Addicts, These Massachusetts Cops Are Offering Free Treatment

    Instead of locking up drug addicts, police in Gloucester, Massachusetts, are leading them to the road of recovery. Police chief Leonard Campanello announced on the department’s Facebook page that, starting June 1, any addict who voluntarily brings in their stash won’t be arrested as long as they agree to get treatment, which they’ll get help… View Article
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  • Happiness is Not a Destination: How to Enjoy the Journey

    By Alex Lloyd Originally posted on Tiny Buddhaat at http://tinybuddha.com/blog/happiness-is-not-a-destination-how-to-enjoy-the-journey/ “Happiness is a direction, not a place.” ~Sydney J Harris Being happy is for most of us one of the key aims in life. But where we often go wrong is in figuring out which path to take to achieve that happiness. My own path… View Article
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  • Dob-in-a-dealer fails at the first step

    When losing a war, change tactics. Except if the war is on drugs, then change nothing and prepare for defeat. The Prime Minister might be a fighter, but his battle plan on drugs is wrong. He is doubling down on the failed strategy of law-and-order first and everything else later. Australia’s default position is to… View Article
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