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New Anti-Smoking Shock Campaign Unveiled by CDC

The CDC is back with another “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign featuring grim images and tales from people whose lives have been compromised by cigarettes.By Nancy Wride

Brett quit smoking four years ago, well after losing most of his teeth. By his mid-30s, gum disease from tobacco smoking had ravaged the bones and tissue supporting his teeth — 16 removed in one surgery. At 42, nearly toothless, Brett still smoked.

He soberly looks at the viewer in a new “scared straight” television ad as he shares his story, hoping smokers will take heed and quit.

“My tip to you is, your smile says a lot about you,” says the New Mexico resident, who pauses to laboriously remove his fake teeth. He opens wide, displaying the void. “What does this say about you?”

His discomfiting ordeal is part of the latest batch of “you can do it” ads in a campaign featuring ex-smokers sharing their smoking-related health traumas. Produced by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the gripping online, radio and TV spots offer an 800-QUITNOW phone line and practical get-started advice, plus other support to stop smoking. Read More

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Professionals Treatment at Promises Welcomes New Executive Director

SallyAnn Cross

Santa Monica, CA  July 29, 2014 — Professionals Treatment at Promises welcomes SallyAnn Cross, LCSW, as its executive director. In this role, Ms. Cross will oversee the addiction treatment program for professionals as well as collate...Read More

Powdered Caffeine Can Be Lethal, FDA Warns

Powdered Caffeine Can Be Lethal, FDA Warns

By Nancy Wride — Would you pound 25 cups of coffee back to back just to get amped up for the day, curb your appetite or power you through an all-nighter? Youths and adults are getting the equivalent buzz from pure powdered caffeine, a...Read More

Neurobiological Basis for Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Finally Gets Validation, Says Renowned Addiction Expert

Neurobiological Basis for Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Finally Gets Validation, Says Renowned Addiction Expert

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, international addiction expert, speaker, author, clinician and founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute, embraces a new brain study by the University of Cambridge that provides powerful evidence that sex addictio...Read More

Mutant Worms That Don’t Get Drunk Provide Promise for Alcohol Treatment

Scientists in Texas have created mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol, a finding that holds promise for treating humans addicted to alcohol.

By Nancy Wride — Oh they showed all the signs of alcohol intoxication — the weaving, the poky movement. That was before the worms had brain surgery. By tweaking a molecular channel in the tiny animal’s brain, neurologists ...Read More

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