The Nature and Nurture of Addiction

We often hear people describe certain things as being in their genes. While it’s true that our genes describe many of our attributes, it is rarely the case that something has a specific one. Usually traits are expressed by a combination of genes. This means we are unlikely to ever find a specific “addiction gene“.…

What to Expect from Inpatient Rehab?

Many people are hesitant to enter into alcohol or drug rehab in Broward County for a variety of reasons. Often there is such shame surrounding the substance abuse that the addict is worried about others finding out. But there isn’t need to worry, there are strict confidentiality policies surrounding drug rehabilitation and the information will…

The Difference between Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Have you ever known someone who you thought had a serious alcohol problem which they denied? Or, have you ever been surprised by someone unexpectedly going into rehab? The line between problematic over-drinking and severe diagnosable alcoholism is one of severity. What is Alcohol Abuse? What qualifies as excessive drinking may vary depending on many…

Signs Your Teen is Abusing Alcohol

It is safe to assume that your teenager will experiment with alcohol. Sure, there is a small number who don’t, but around 72 percent of students have tried more than a few sips before graduating high school. Why Do Teenagers Abuse Alcohol? Experimenting and risk taking is programmed into us, it’s one of the reasons…

EMDR and Addiction

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and was developed in the 1980s. Its original use pertained to retraining thoughts after traumatic events became too much for an individual to handle and works by reprocessing the traumatic information so that it is less harmful. Once considered to be only a technique, its effectiveness has…