The Most Common Addictions and Compulsions: Could You Be At Risk?

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Cynthia Ramnarace on Mar 31, 2011 at 1:18AM

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The Most Common Addictions and Compulsions: Could You Be At Risk?

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The Treatment: Rehab

Most inpatient treatment programs last 30 days, says Cunningham, but it can take a year to control the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that increase the risk of relapse. There are medications that can help reduce cravings and treat anxiety and insomnia. For some, outpatient treatments such as 12-step programs run by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, individual counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy, which can help people learn how to avoid situations where they are most likely to relapse, can help end the addiction. Residential treatment, especially therapeutic communities where stays range from 6-12 months, can also help those with a long history of addiction, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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