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Myths about Ecstasy & Molly Abuse

Ecstasy is one of the more common and popular names for the street drug MDMA, which stands for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. This amphetamine-based stimulant typically leads to sensations of greater energy, emotional warmth, mental and physical pleasure, and changes to the perception of time and the senses. This can include delusions and hallucinations. MDMA affects neurotransmitters, including […]

Can Yoga Help During Recovery?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that one in 10 Americans, ages 12 and older, struggles with an addiction. This condition is understood as a chronic illness of the brain, involving a complex relationship between genetics, family history, environment, and mental health. For many people, addiction is triggered when the person struggles with a […]

Antisocial Personality Disorder and Addiction

According to the book Essentials of Personality Disorders, a personality disorder represents a type of psychological disorder where the person has repeatedly displayed a very rigid and mostly dysfunctional manner of behaving, functioning, and thinking about others and themselves. Someone who is diagnosed with a personality disorder will typically experience significant difficulties in their personal […]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

One of the most interesting and illuminating aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is its history. This therapy, which is considered to be a version of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, was developed specifically for people with borderline personality disorder (usually including suicidal thoughts and prior attempts as main symptoms). Dr. Marsha Linehan, the therapist who developed […]

Motivational Interviewing

It should come as no surprise that Motivational Interviewing (MI) is considered an effective therapy approach in the field of addiction treatment because that’s the very place where it was developed. At present, there are more than 1,200 publications that relate to Motivational Interviewing, and the approach is used internationally. This technique focuses on how […]