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"I try to help people who are sad or scared.

There are all kinds of reasons why people are sad or scared, but I am interested in the things that have happened to people.

I try to work out how the things that have happened to people might have changed the way they think about themselves, think about other people, think about how the world works or what might happen next.

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Differences between Addiction Treatment & 12 Step Recovery

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It is important for people that do not know about either addiction treatment or 12 Step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous to understand the difference between the two. It is important to make the distinction between the two, because they are not the same thing.

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Adult colouring-in books ease anxiety symptoms

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A case study has revealed colouring-in books for adults first caught on two years ago with bookshops around the globe devoting shelves to the generally childhood pursuit, and titles such as The Secret Garden topping Amazon’s bestseller list.

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What is Addiction

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There is no doubt that addiction causes mental and physical harm but is it a "disease". When a person drinks alcohol or takes drugs the brain releases the chemical dopamine which stimulates the ‘reward circuits’ of the brain. Thus the brain associates drinking alcohol and taking drugs with a pleasurable reward. The brain forms lasting memories associating drugs or alcohol with their reward and so the drug taking and drinking can become compulsive.

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What Is the 12-Step Approach to Substance Abuse?

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Most addiction-treatment centers use some variation of the 12-Step Approach. In fact, it’s one of the more familiar methods to clients seeking treatment for substance abuse. The 12-Step Approach doesn’t have to be religious, though many programs are. Working with clients struggling with a dependency the main problem and draw back with the 12 steps is the spiritual connection, all though it can be spiritual or conducted in a completely secular way.

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