Eating Disorders in Children Tied to Serious Health Consequences

By Doctors Lounge

Eating Disorder in ChildrenThe incidence of early-onset restrictive eating disorders is 2.6 cases per 100,000 person-years in children, is increased in girls, and can result in serious medical consequences, according to a study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) — The incidence of early-onset restrictive eating disorders is 2.6 cases per 100,000 person-years in children, is increased in girls, and can result in serious medical consequences, according to a study published in the October issue of theArchives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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An Addiction Vaccine, Tantalizingly Close

By Douglas Quenqua

Addiction VaccineSAN DIEGO — Imagine a vaccine against smoking: People trying to quit would light up a cigarette and feel nothing. Or a vaccine against cocaine, one that would prevent addicts from enjoying the drug’s high.

Though neither is imminent, both are on the drawing board, as are vaccines to combat other addictions. While scientists have historically focused their vaccination efforts on diseases like polio, smallpox and diphtheria — with great success — they are now at work on shots that could one day release people from the grip of substance abuse.

“We view this as an alternative or better way for some people,” said Dr. Kim D. Janda, a professor at the Scripps Research Institute who has made this his life’s work. “Just like with nicotine patches and the gum, all those things are just systems to get people off the drugs.”

Full story at New York Times

Parents need to consider the facts when allowing teens to drink alcohol at home

By Youth Resources

Teen Drinking at HomeWhile relaxing on the beach during a family vacation this past summer, I was reading through a magazine when an article caught my attention both as a youth worker and as a mother.

The article shared the two major differing opinions on the age-old debate of whether parents should let their teenagers drink alcohol at home.

One mother expressed her opinion that she knows her teenager is going to drink alcohol when he is out with his friends anyway so she would rather them drink at her house where she knows they are safe.

Another mother shared her belief that she would not allow her daughter and her friends to drink at their home, because she does not want to send the message that it is OK to drink alcohol while she is under the legal age.

Full story at Courier Press

A Love Letter After His Relapse

By Carole Bennett, MA

Couples alcohol relapse

Relapse is an unfortunate situation, and though it can be more common with one who is new in recovery, there are many individuals who relapse after years and years of living a clean and sober life.

My client Rachel has had a roller coaster ride with her sometimes sober, sometimes not husband. They had not been married long, and though the love and connection were very evident between them, his relapse and true slavery to his addiction began to present insurmountable odds against an honest and respectful union. She and her husband, Matt, would stitch together a few good months as he professed to work a clean and sober program by attending 12-step recovery meetings. He worked with a seasoned sponsor and appreciated his job and the future it held.

Full story at Huffington Post

The Addictive Personality

By Therese Borchard

addictive personality, craig nakken

In his insightful book, “The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior,” author Craig Nakken explains why, even after an addict has given up the bottle or the weed, she will never be done with recovery:

“Addiction is a process of buying into false and empty promises: the false promise of relief, the false promise of emotional security, the false sense of fulfillment, and the false sense of intimacy with the world … Like any other major illness, addiction is an experience that changes people in permanent ways. That is why it’s so important that people in recovery attend Twelve Step and other self-help meetings on a regular basis; the addictive logic remains deep inside of them and looks for an opportunity to reassert itself in the same or in a different form.”

Full story at Huffington Post