Posts made in October, 2015

Warning Signs of Alcoholism

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Warning Signs of Alcoholism

One of the greatest dangers of alcohol consumption is it’s addictive quality, and the fact that most people don’t realize that they have a problem until it is too late. Often times, once a person realizes that they or a loved one has a drinking problem it is only because it has become such an issue that it is causing major problems in their lives. Below is a list of some often overlooked warning signs that you or a loved one may have a drinking problem. You have a hard time leaving a restaurant or other social gathering if you have a half empty drink. Drinking allows you and causes you to ignore your financial responsibilities. Friends or family have said something about your drinking, even in a joking manner. You have lied about the amount or how...

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PTSD: What You Don’t Know About It

»Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

PTSD: What You Don’t Know About It

Most people have heard the term “PTSD”, and most people know that it stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Beyond that, there is still a huge misconception about what this condition is, and what causes it. Although most people experience some type of trauma during their life, only about 8% of Americans develop PTSD. Although that percentage seems small, this mental condition can have severe and long lasting effects on a person’s life. What Causes PTSD? Voilent assault Hostage situation Natural disaster Road accident Isolation/ Neglect Military combat Witnessing death Terrorist acts What Are the Symptoms of PTSD? Nightmares Flashbacks to traumatic events Insomnia Depression Extreme guilt Anxiety Sensitivity to certain stimuli such as...

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NEARI News: The Importance of Dynamic Changes in Risk During Adolescence

»Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

NEARI News: The Importance of Dynamic Changes in Risk During Adolescence

The Question If risk factors in adolescents are significantly decreased through treatment, are adolescents less likely to reoffend sexually? The Research Although most would agree on the importance of examining dynamic risk factors in adolescents, Jodi Viljoen, Andrew Gray, Catherine Shaffer, Natasha Latzman, Mario Scalora, and Daniel Ullman note that there has been little research on the changes in risk assessment scores in response to treatment. To explore this question further, Viljoen and her colleagues compared scores on the J-SOAP-II (Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol – II) and the SAVRY (Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth) at both admission and discharge for 163 adolescents in a residential cognitive-behavioral treatment program. The...

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