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Do You Drink or Abstain? There Is No Right Answer

A research question was posed that elicited a far different series of responses than was anticipated: “I have a question for those for whom alcohol is a part of your social life. This teetotaler by choice (not of necessity) really does want to understand. Is it possible to have fun, whether at a party, or dinner or sporting event or picnic…or an evening at home sans alcohol? What would it be like for you to not drink at any or all those occasions? It would be absolutely fine with me if I never imbibed again. I drank way too much in college and shortly thereafter. It is a conscious decision for me to enjoy the company of others without a substance on board.” It was prompted by my work with those in recovery whose new lifestyles preclude drinking and who likely would need to establish revised patterns and habits, as well as social activities to address sustained sobriety. It seemed clear and straightforward as I asked the questions. This was not the case as reactions ranged from observations that in and of itself, I was looking for a “right answer” and was therefore judging those whose responses were out of the range of what I might consider acceptable, to agreement from those either sober by choice or necessity. Polarization was apparent, with very little middle ground. I admitted that as an addictions counselor with three decades in the field, I did hold some biases. Some of the responses included: “Just as there are a myriad of ways to ...
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Source: The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Tohoku J Exp Med Source Type: research
BACKGROUND: While some medicinal drugs have been found to affect driving ability, no study has investigated whether a relationship exists between these medicines and crashes involving pedestrians. The aim of this study was to explore the association betwee...
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This study evaluated whether there are racial and/or ethnic differences in OAT receipt among...
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Dreams Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Personal Publishers Spirituality & Health dream interpretation Dreaming Insomnia Relaxation Sleep Disorder Source Type: blogs
This study investigated the correlation of cortisol and melatonin rhythms with sleep quality, anxiety, depression, and fatigue levels in patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer. METHOD: We conducted a case-control study and recruited 40 patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer and 40 healthy adults. RESULTS: The patient group had a lower salivary melatonin level and flatter slope (p 
Source: European Journal of Oncology Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Eur J Oncol Nurs Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The SM-SCP intervention was feasible and acceptable for colorectal and lung cancer survivors after treatment completion. Survivorship care interventions have potential to fulfill the unmet needs of colorectal and lung cancer survivors. Their effectiveness might be greater by integrating conceptually-based models of care, such as self-management skills building. PMID: 28720259 [PubMed - in process]
Source: European Journal of Oncology Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Eur J Oncol Nurs Source Type: research
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This article was originally published on Recovery Brands' Pro Talk/Pro Corner http://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/yes-benzos-are-bad-for-you/ Allen Frances is a professor emeritus at Duke University and was the chairman of the DSM-IV task force. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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