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Tips for preventing Holiday Blues and Staying Sober

Tips for preventing Holiday Blues and Staying Sober

Most people know the holidays can be a period of emotional highs and lows. Loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are common feelings, sometimes experienced in startling succession. The bad news is the holiday blues can trigger relapse for people recovering from alcoholism and other drug addiction. The good news is the blues can be remedied by planning ahead.
NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION

NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION

NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION
Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports

Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports

Youth use of illegal drugs eclipses illicit drug use. Youth prescription drug use.
It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?

It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?

I had my last drink nearly 16 years ago, so you’d think I would have assimilated pretty much every bit of unpleasantness associated with clean and sober life in a society that remains thoroughly sodden with alcohol. But I still can’t quite handle the holidays. It’s not that I’m driven to drink; just to a certain uncomfortable distraction that doesn’t leave until the holiday season thankfully does. And it’s not just that the holidays seem to have been invented for the express purpose of promoting — no, necessitating — irresponsible alcoholic consumption.
Senate Folds Mental Health Parity Into Wall Street Bailout Bill

Senate Folds Mental Health Parity Into Wall Street Bailout Bill

For those Health Blog readers who didn’t manage to read every line of the ballyhooed bailout bill the Senate passed last night, allow us to direct your attention to page 310 (Title V, Subtitle B), home to the “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.” What’s a mental health bill doing in a piece of legislation designed to grease the gears of global finance? Turns out, it’s just a bit of Congressional housekeeping.
Schwarzenegger Joins Opponents of Calif.’s Proposition 5

Schwarzenegger Joins Opponents of Calif.’s Proposition 5

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined four former state governors this week in calling for voters to reject Proposition 5, a ballot initiative intended to steer more drug offenders into treatment rather than prison, the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 31.
John Daly Sobers up in jail . . .

John Daly Sobers up in jail . . .

Golf pro John Daly sobers up in jail.
Expressing Our Thanks

Expressing Our Thanks

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?
Overeating and substance abuse are similar disorders

Overeating and substance abuse are similar disorders

The report is a summary of evidence presented last month at a conference sponsored by the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. Several scientific presentations promoted the idea that addictive drugs hijack the normal food reward system that humans need to survive. For example, the dopamine signaling system in the brain is activated by food cues, such as the smell of turkey roasting in the oven. This system drives us to eat and feel satisfied after eating. But brain-imaging studies show this same system is at the core of drug addiction.
NIH News

NIH News

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will convene a one-day mini-convention at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. NIDA scientists will present recent findings and discuss future directions in neuroscience. Concepts to be discussed include: how the environment can alter gene function (epigenetics) in addiction and brain development; what determines free will or �free won�t�; and how ground-breaking imaging technologies can reveal gene activation in the living brain, and/or control neurons and behavior.
Internet addiction made an official disorder in China

Internet addiction made an official disorder in China

China could become the first country to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder and plans to lead the world by registering the condition with the World Health Organisation.
New Yorkers Get Financial Help for Addiction Treatment Expansion

New Yorkers Get Financial Help for Addiction Treatment Expansion

The New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers is launching a campaign aimed at making treatment available on demand to everyone who needs it. A new $600,000 grant will help fund the expansion of drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs for all New Yorkers who need help.
Tips for preventing Holiday Blues and Staying Sober

Tips for preventing Holiday Blues and Staying Sober

Most people know the holidays can be a period of emotional highs and lows. Loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are common feelings, sometimes experienced in startling succession. The bad news is the holiday blues can trigger relapse for people recovering from alcoholism and other drug addiction. The good news is the blues can be remedied by planning ahead.
NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION

NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION

NIXED DRINK WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH HOLLY JOLLY? HIRE YOURSELF A SOBER COMPANION
Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports

Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports

Youth use of illegal drugs eclipses illicit drug use. Youth prescription drug use.
It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?

It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?

I had my last drink nearly 16 years ago, so you’d think I would have assimilated pretty much every bit of unpleasantness associated with clean and sober life in a society that remains thoroughly sodden with alcohol. But I still can’t quite handle the holidays. It’s not that I’m driven to drink; just to a certain uncomfortable distraction that doesn’t leave until the holiday season thankfully does. And it’s not just that the holidays seem to have been invented for the express purpose of promoting — no, necessitating — irresponsible alcoholic consumption.
Senate Folds Mental Health Parity Into Wall Street Bailout Bill

Senate Folds Mental Health Parity Into Wall Street Bailout Bill

For those Health Blog readers who didn’t manage to read every line of the ballyhooed bailout bill the Senate passed last night, allow us to direct your attention to page 310 (Title V, Subtitle B), home to the “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.” What’s a mental health bill doing in a piece of legislation designed to grease the gears of global finance? Turns out, it’s just a bit of Congressional housekeeping.
Schwarzenegger Joins Opponents of Calif.’s Proposition 5

Schwarzenegger Joins Opponents of Calif.’s Proposition 5

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined four former state governors this week in calling for voters to reject Proposition 5, a ballot initiative intended to steer more drug offenders into treatment rather than prison, the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 31.
John Daly Sobers up in jail . . .

John Daly Sobers up in jail . . .

Golf pro John Daly sobers up in jail.
Expressing Our Thanks

Expressing Our Thanks

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?
Overeating and substance abuse are similar disorders

Overeating and substance abuse are similar disorders

The report is a summary of evidence presented last month at a conference sponsored by the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. Several scientific presentations promoted the idea that addictive drugs hijack the normal food reward system that humans need to survive. For example, the dopamine signaling system in the brain is activated by food cues, such as the smell of turkey roasting in the oven. This system drives us to eat and feel satisfied after eating. But brain-imaging studies show this same system is at the core of drug addiction.
NIH News

NIH News

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will convene a one-day mini-convention at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. NIDA scientists will present recent findings and discuss future directions in neuroscience. Concepts to be discussed include: how the environment can alter gene function (epigenetics) in addiction and brain development; what determines free will or �free won�t�; and how ground-breaking imaging technologies can reveal gene activation in the living brain, and/or control neurons and behavior.
Internet addiction made an official disorder in China

Internet addiction made an official disorder in China

China could become the first country to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder and plans to lead the world by registering the condition with the World Health Organisation.
New Yorkers Get Financial Help for Addiction Treatment Expansion

New Yorkers Get Financial Help for Addiction Treatment Expansion

The New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers is launching a campaign aimed at making treatment available on demand to everyone who needs it. A new $600,000 grant will help fund the expansion of drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs for all New Yorkers who need help.

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