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Where are 9/11 now part 3: How flight travel affected mental health post 9/11

In the weeks and months that followed the terror acts of September 11, 2001, millions of Americans decreased their domestic air travel. Americans’ preference of car travel, measured in terms of miles traveled via automobile, increased by 5.3 percent on the interstate highways (Driving deaths and injuries post-9/11, October...

Where are 9/11 survivors now part 2: PTSD among 9/11 rescuers

Large epidemiological studies conducted by the Health Department’s WTC Health Registry revealed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms to be the most common health effect among survivors of 9/11. PTSD has affected as many as 20 percent of the people who were directly exposed to the WTC disaster, this is...

Where are 9/11 survivors now part 1: Survivor’s guilt among the 9/11 survivors

Life can still halt for certain U.S. citizens when faced with traumatic memories, as thousands of people continue to struggle with the traumatic effects of September 11, 2001.

Outpatient detoxification may help opioid painkiller addiction

An estimated 26.4 million to 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with around 2.1 million people in the United States addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The consequences of this abuse have been devastating and are on the rise as the number of unintentional overdose deaths from...

Myths undermining recovery part 5: Addiction is entirely hereditary and cannot be helped

Addiction does not stem purely from genetics. Scientists have estimated roughly 50 percent of an individual’s risk to be based on genetics which leaves half of the equation open to environmental factors and personal experiences. This has created a paradox where some have developed a false sense of confidence...

Myths undermining recovery part 4: Relapse means failure

Contrary to being considered an exception, relapse post addiction recovery is very common. It is an opportunity to learn more about the nature and dynamics of one’s addiction in more depth than before.

Myths undermining recovery part 3: Addiction is a choice

Deliberate self-destruction, a character flaw and weak morals are some of the many stereotypes those with addictions endure. It is important to realize that addiction is none of the above.

Myths that undermine recovery Part 2: Treatment isn’t necessary for addiction recovery

Treatment helps. Contrary to common belief, some studies depict at least a 40 to 60 percent reduction in drug use after treatment and a significant decrease in criminal activity during and after treatment. Despite the facts, there are many who still falsely believe that treatment does not work or...

Myths that undermine recovery Part 1: Every recovery treatment plan is the same

Treatment largely depends on the type of substance being abused and the characteristics of the patients. The best programs are developed based upon a thorough assessment of every individual. These plans may combine a variety of methods tailored to address each person’s specific needs and include behavioral therapy, medications...

Psychotherapy therapy for addiction

The American Psychological Association led a “psychotherapy effectiveness review project” in 2012. The Association’s Council of Representatives adopted a ‘resolution on psychotherapy effectiveness’, which cites more than 50 peer-reviewed studies on psychotherapy and its effectiveness in treating health issues in a variety of different populations including children, minority groups...

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