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Anger Management, a Neglected Topic in Substance Abuse Intervention

A long standing issue

Problems managing anger has always been a concern for patients suffering from addictive disorders. Pioneering research by my mentor, Dr. Sidney Cohen at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute demonstrated the relationship between, anger, violence and the use of alcohol and or cocaine. One of the most popular articles written by Dr. Cohen, was entitled, “Alcohol, the most dangerous drug known to man”. In this and other publications, Dr. Cohen systematically demonstrated the causal relationship between cocaine and alcohol abuse and aggression. Much of this research was done in the 70s and 80s.

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Spiritual Dimensions of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is a diverse problem which affects nearly all cultures of the world; this global problem is well defined as a maladaptive pattern of recurrent use of chemical substances that extends over a period of time, leading to notable impairment and continues despite occupational, psychological, medical, and spiritual consequences whereas continued use leads to addiction or dependency. Substance abuse related problems are caused by multiple factors and can only be treated and corrected through a multidimensional approach. Substance abuse is treatable, and for that to happen, intervention is required.

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