Substance Abuse Archive

ZOOM!

We now have the capability to do video conferencing sessions for client’s who are located within the State of Indiana, but otherwise not close enough to make regular attendance feasible. Like everything else, technology has come to our rescue and I am finally catching up. The site is called ZOOM and it will allow

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The latest research shows that PTSD and alcohol are a bad combination.

Some new research from the journal, Translational Psychiatry, indicates that people coping with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will often turn to alcohol as a way to help, but that alcohol may actually make the symptoms worse. In a study done with mice, researchers concluded that those given alcohol displayed fear behavior

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The consequences of combat exposure, assaults and injury

    A recent study indicates that injuries, assaults and combat exposure can have a long-lasting negative impact for women serving in the military. Results of the National Institute on Drug Abuse funded study, indicate that women with histories of serving in Iraq or Afghanistan had a 20 times higher risk of developing PTSD

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EMDR, traumatic imagery and police

Police are now recommending EMDR to fellow officers who are struggling with PTSD or associated symptoms https://goo.gl/SnT4s3. Many first responders have found that EMDR helps them deal with the aftermath of tragedy in a much more effective way than other methods they may have tried previously.

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What can EMDR treat besides PTSD?

  In a recent article on this subject, http://ThePsychologist.BPK.ORG.UK, Psychologist Robin Logie asserts that EMDR can be reasonably utilized in the treatment of many other psychological disorders beyond PTSD. Logie says EMDR has enough backing from sound scientific research to now be considered a comprehensive psychotherapy treatment approach, on par with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The

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New research on EMDR and smoking cessation

The latest scientific research http://Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 52, 83-91. doi.10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.03.007 suggests that the use of eye movements can be used to reduce the intensity of substance-related imagery and cravings. In the latest study which was focused on reducing cravings for smokers, findings indicate that eye movements were helpful in reducing cravings. Researchers

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EMDR Treatment of PTSD with Alcohol and Substance Use

      A recent study in Australia studied the use of  treating people diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Substance or Alcohol Dependence, (http://dxdoi.org/10.1891/1933-3196.10.1.33). For those unfamiliar, it is extremely common for those with PTSD to have alcohol or substance use disorders. Recent prevalence rates are quite varied. However, one of those

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The Top Ten Warning Signs of Possible Relapse

The reason the word “possible” is in the title is because everyone is different.  What might be signs for someone else might not be signs for you. But I would be willing to bet that at least a few of these apply to everybody struggling with staying clean and/or sober. So without further ado,

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