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Gambling Addiction - Suffering In...
April 01st, 2016
Deborah A. Smith, MA, NCGC II
The Facts and The Cost of Addiction
February 01st, 2016
Sunspire Health

The cost of substance abuse is staggering. The disease of addiction is now costing the United States more than $700 billion. As we know, the disease affects the brain and one's behavior. Thus, the toll on society extends far past the devastating harm to the addict's health, livelihood and family life. It also affects communities by raising...

Coping and Dealing with the Disease of Addiction
December 22nd, 2015
Jason Eric Ross, LMHC, M.Ed

It is said that with each person suffering with an addiction, there are 7 people around that are also affected...truthfully, it could be more. It's staggering really. Families are struggling. Addiction may be THE shame-based disease; as the late comedian Mitch Hedberg said, "Addiction is the only disease you get blamed for...

In Search of a Diagnosis
May 02nd, 2015
Jonathan Horey, MD

I met Mary[1] in my office one afternoon on a referral from a colleague who was not an addiction specialist. He was concerned about Mary's drinking and felt that her complaints of depression and irritability stemmed largely from her drinking.

In our initial session, Mary reported that she had been having more frequent periods of...

Treating Alcohol Use Disorder
April 12th, 2015
Cynthia Reinbach, M.S.

Symptoms of alcohol addiction include a pre-occupation, compulsion to drink, increased tolerance, irritability and restlessness, decreased interest in life activities, and family or legal problems. Withdrawal for those physically dependent on alcohol is much more dangerous than withdrawal from heroin or other narcotic drugs. Alcohol abuse and...

Alcohol Use Disorder: The Facts & Figures
April 02nd, 2015
Joel Kaufman Ph.D.

The Swedish physician Magnus Huss introduced the term alcoholism in 1849 to describe a chronic alcohol intoxication that was characterized by severe physical pathology and disruption of social functioning. The rise of "the modern alcoholism movement" in the 1940s firmly embedded the terms alcoholism and alcoholic into scientific and popular...

Nutrition and Substance Use Disorders
March 12th, 2015
Mariah Reid RDN, LDN

Proper nutrition plays a significant role in the treatment of substance use disorders. Unfortunately, self-care habits often take a back seat to the primary concerns of therapy and abstinence. However, learning good nutrition, exercise and sleep habits work in tandem with other treatments to help heal the body and brain from damage caused by...

Problem Gambling Awareness Month
March 02nd, 2015

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Did you know that six to eight million Americans meet the criteria for gambling addiction, and many more are affected by an individual's gambling problem? Officially known as "Gambling Disorder", gambling is not a sign of weakness, moral failing or lack of willpower. It was recognized as a mental...

Recognizing National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 18th, 2015
Sandee S. Nebel, MS, LMHC, CEDS,

More than 30 million people in the US suffer from an eating disorder, and despite many stereotypes, eating disorders do not discriminate. People of all ages, sexualities, and ethnic backgrounds are vulnerable. However, women are much more likely than men to suffer from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders.

This includes girls...

Sunspire Health Walk the Walk
February 18th, 2015
Sandee S. Nebel, MS, LMHC, CEDS

Staff from Sunspire Health Hyde Park participated in the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Walk to show their dedication to fighting eating disorders, and to support NEDA's mission to serve as a catalyst for eating disorder prevention, cures, and quality treatment.

On February 14th, people from all over the nation gathered at...

Substance Use Disorders and Eating Disorders
February 02nd, 2015
Sandee S. Nebel, MS, LMHC, CEDS

Research indicates that only 1 in 10 men and women struggling with ED receive treatment, and only 35% of those are at a specialized facility for eating disorders. Up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an ED in the US. Eating disorders also have the highest mortality rate out of any mental illness.

Furthermore, up...