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Exercise and the Brain

Exercise treat addiction

Apart from fitness, physical exercise also has beneficial effects on the brain. A regular routine of aerobic exercise can improve memory, thinking, skills, moods and have protective effects against aging, injuries and neurodegenerative disorders. It is noteworthy that these effects are specific to aerobic exercise, the kind of exercise that accelerates heart and respiratory rate …

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How PTSD and Substance Abuse are Connected

Addiction Trauma PTSD

Traumatic events can leave a person feeling unstable long after the event has passed. Sometimes trauma can cause post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.  PTSD occurs when trauma and associated feelings are not resolved. Symptoms of PTSD include sleep disturbance, nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety and depression, excessive fears, impulsivity and addictive behaviors. People with unresolved trauma often …

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Addressing Gender Issues in Treatment

Gender Issues

Over the last decade, the gender gap has been narrowing among young school students who use drugs. Women only represent a fifth of clients in specialised drug treatment, but their problems are often more complex than those for men: They tend to progress faster towards addiction; a phenomenon known as “telescoping”. They go through more …

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Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, also called meth or crystal meth, among other names, is a psycho-stimulant drug mainly known for its recreational use. Methamphetamine is chemically similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity-disorder, obesity and narcolepsy; but being more potent and highly addictive, methamphetamine is rarely prescribed for medical treatments. Most commonly, the drug is …

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Overcoming Stumbling Blocks to Recovery

overcoming stumbling blocks

Stumbling blocks to recovery are things that are stopping us from getting to our full potential in our recovery. That can be a difficult place to be because at the end of the day we really want to find that peace, freedom and everything that recovery offers so that we’re able to carry on and …

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Sober…with Feelings

feeling feelings sober

Positive feelings like love or joy can make us feel more vibrant and alive.  However, anger, frustration and resentment can leave us overwhelmed and create stumbling blocks to progress in our recovery. This is particularly true when we have extreme feelings that we cannot seem to let go. Feelings of anger, resentment, and shame often …

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