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The Role of Exercise in Recovery

The Role of Exercise in Recovery

Promising research studying the impact of regular physical exercise on recovery strongly suggests it’s a beneficial, supplementary treatment alongside traditional drug replacement therapy. A sophisticated meta-analysis combining the results from …

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The Neurobiology of Addiction: The Alcohol Craving Circuit

The Neurobiology of Addiction: The Alcohol Craving Circuit

Dramatic results from experiments targeting a specific brain circuit that neuroscientists believe plays a crucial role in intense alcohol cravings suggest that one day we may develop medications that can …

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The Evidence for Mindfulness in Addiction Treatment

The Evidence for Mindfulness in Addiction Treatment

Not long ago, the use of mindfulness activities in the treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders was considered a novelty. While many mental health professionals had positive anecdotal evidence …

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Comorbid Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorder

Comorbid Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorder

It’s common for individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder to have a co-occurring or comorbid emotional disorder. One of the most common comorbid disorders is borderline personality disorder, or …

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Comorbid PTSD and Substance Use Disorder

Comorbid PTSD and Substance Use Disorder

By Lori Ryland, Ph.D., LP, CAADC, BCBA-D, Chief Clinical Officer, Pinnacle Treatment Centers

A significant percentage of individuals with a mental health disorder also grapple with substance abuse or addiction. This …

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Addiction Vaccines: Fact or Fiction?

Addiction Vaccines: Fact or Fiction?

By Martin Buxton, MD, Psychiatrist and Addictionologist, Pinnacle Treatment Centers

The development of vaccines to prevent deadly or debilitating diseases is considered one of the greatest accomplishments in modern medicine. In …

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Topics in Treatment: Abstinence or Harm Reduction?

Topics in Treatment: Abstinence or Harm Reduction?

Drugs and alcohol have been part of the human experience longer than most people realize. Classical and pre-classical literature – dating back to 2000 B.C.E. – contains ample written evidence …

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Addiction Treatment

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Addiction Treatment

As humans, we will often go to great lengths to avoid pain. We will avoid it even when the measures we take cause more harm in the long run. Unfortunately, …

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Going Local: The Advantages of Community-Based Treatment

Going Local: The Advantages of Community-Based Treatment

For decades, the mention of alcohol or drug rehab conjured up two contrasting images in people’s minds.

One image – the idealized version – looked like this: a seaside retreat on …

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Taking Anxiety Out of Going to Treatment

Taking Anxiety Out of Going to Treatment

By Angelica Badillo, LSW Candidate

Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Stateline Medical Drug-Free Outpatient Treatment Care, Phillipsburg, NJ

Pinnacle Treatment Centers

Many individuals experience stressors in their life. When confronting these stressors, it can feel …

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