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Jul 13 | Posted By

A Case for Gender Specific Treatment: The Difference Between Men and Women with Addictions


Research and studies show that the impact of addiction can be different for men and women. Here are some differences at a glance: Men: Are more likely to have a drug or alcohol use problems than women. Have higher rates of chemical dependence than women for all ages except the 12 to 17 year age group. Tend…

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Jul 05 Posted By

Addiction is in the Person, not the Drug

It's pretty common to read articles and blogs (by experts and media alike) that claim certain gene variants predispose people to addiction, helping explain why only about 1 in 10 who tries an addictive drug actually becomes hooked on it. But a lot of research contradicting this claim exists. In the past, many people in the law enforcement and the government dismissed this outright. They have to, of course. Why bother demonizing a drug if 9 out of 10 people can use it without risking addiction? The majority of the public believes that the drug does the addicting. Their reasoning goes something like this: Anyone who does enough...

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Jun 20 Posted By

Why Avoiding “Triggers” Doesn’t...

After people leave treatment or enter recovery, what are they supposed to do when there’s a pub, liquor store, or casino in every neighbourhood? Traditionally, treatment programs teach coping skills as part of a relapse prevention plan. For a client, this would often mean learning how to avoid "triggers" – people, places and things – involving the presence of alcohol or gambling. Unfortunately, a recovery strategy based on avoidance such as this is not enough; people must also find a reason to quit their addiction. In other words, motivation is crucial to addiction recovery. When it comes to finding motivation, a lot of...

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