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October 2015

alcoholism - Bergand Group

Preference Reversal Creates Recovery Pitfalls

At times, many people may comment that they feel as if they are fighting against themselves on a day-to-day basis.  Even outside of addiction, most would agree that they face off against their own desires and impulses regularly, having to decide whether to do the more difficult and often healthier thing or to give in

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Stories of Hope: You Are Not Alone - Bergand Group

Better Addiction Understanding for Better Drug Treatment

Are you familiar with the “Rat Pack” experiment done by Bruce Alexander in the 1970s-1980s?  Alexander, in trying to understand the complex science of addiction, placed a rat into a small cage with two water bottles: one with water and one with heroin-laced water.  The rat typically drank the latter until it died of overdose.

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Changing How We Talk About Drug Treatment

One of the first changes to be made in order to break the stigma of drug treatment is to shift the language used to discuss it.  Too often, the wording surrounding both mental illness and addiction, together or separately, is casual, superficial and untrue.  A sweeping generalization or supposed differentiations like “‘clean’ vs. ‘dirty,’ ‘patient’ vs.

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