“The neuroscience of the mind” is an area of scientific research that is just now beginning to yield rich and vital insights into the nature of brain chemistry, function, plasticity (ability to adapt to injury) and more. These insights are now affecting how drug treatment is administered, monitored and maintained. For instance, through brain research scientists and treatment professionals now know much more about how drugs interact with various brain systems, including the so-called “reward system,” which is the part of the brain where drug cravings are introduced and reinforced. This research is changing how addicts are treated over the short and long term.

When you think of an alcoholic, you think of someone unable to hold down a job, finish their education or maintain a relationship because their drinking gets in the way. You may think of someone whose drinking causes frequent legal problems, or someone who experiences physical withdrawals if they try to stop drinking for even a day.

Even today, alcoholism remains a widely misunderstood disease. The proliferation of common myths about the causes, nature and treatment of alcoholism only makes it harder for people suffering from addiction to alcohol to get the help they need. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcoholism, you need to know the truth behind these common alcoholism myths.

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Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the person suffering from the addiction. It affects everyone close to that person. By helping your alcoholic family member overcome their alcoholism, you can help your whole family heal from the wounds of addiction.
But how can you help your alcoholic relative? Your loved one is probably in denial about their drinking problem and might even get defensive or combative when the subject comes up. Here are some tips to help you confront your alcoholic relative and support their recovery from alcoholism.

Bottom Tier — Recovery Support Groups These include 12-step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous as well as groups like SMART Recovery and Women for Sobriety. Though recovery support groups all have different philosophies, one thing you can count on is that most of these groups do not feature accredited professionals who can provide daily or regular… Read More »