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Video Gaming: A “Digital Narcotic”

Video Gaming: A “Digital Narcotic”

Posted on July 29th, 2015

The man was 29 and newly discharged from the military but not yet working. He spent all day every day, for almost two months, compulsively playing Candy Crush on his smartphone. He was so addicted to the video game that he played right through the severe pain of rupturing a tendon in his thumb.

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How to Prevent Your Teen From Becoming a Video Game Addict

How to Prevent Your Teen From Becoming a Video Game Addict

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

Most teens enjoy gaming, but did you know that it’s possible to become addicted to this pastime? Young people are particularly vulnerable to what experts call Internet gaming disorder. The disorder is very similar to addiction, with video or Internet games as the obsessive factor instead of drugs or alcohol. National surveys and studies have found that as many as 8 percent of children and teens show signs of being pathological gamers.

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Can You Send Your Teen in Addiction Recovery to College?

Can You Send Your Teen in Addiction Recovery to College?

Posted on July 14th, 2015

You experienced what every parent dreads: a teen with a drug or alcohol addiction. You got her the help she needed. She went through a rehab program and was successful at getting sober. Not only that, but she was able to get back to high school, graduate and get accepted to colleges. All the while you’ve had her under your roof and your supervision, and you’re terrified to send her off to a college campus. Is it possible? Or are you tempting fate and putting her in a position to relapse? These are important questions to ask and to discuss with your teen.

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My “Cloud” Is Bigger Than Yours: Vaping Contests Light Up

My “Cloud” Is Bigger Than Yours: Vaping Contests Light Up

Posted on July 10th, 2015

In generations past, it was the cool kid in the crowd (mostly not the jocks, but part of the fringe group) who could garner attention by being able to blow the biggest and longest-lasting smoke rings from cigarettes. Never mind that smoking wasn’t legal for teens. Fueled, in part, by teenage rebellion and a desire to stand out, smoking was considered a rite of passage for American youth.

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Commonly Abused Drugs on the 4th of July

Commonly Abused Drugs on the 4th of July

Posted on June 29th, 2015

It’s a sad fact of life that the celebration of America’s independence is a day — make that a weekend — that is also synonymous with out-of-control drinking, drugging, and associated violence, overdose and deaths. Young or old, age makes no difference when it comes to people losing their senses and partying much too hard.

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With Steady Practice, Biofeedback Immensely Helpful to PTSD Victims

With Steady Practice, Biofeedback Immensely Helpful to PTSD Victims

Posted on June 24th, 2015

A new study has revealed that heart variability (HRV) biofeedback can improve symptoms of PTSD in people suffering from this disorder. Previous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of this particular type of biofeedback, and its ability to help individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder could represent a giant step forward in the fight against this life-altering condition.

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Chill Out, Dads! 3 Stress-Busting Tips to Keep Happiness, Health in Check

Chill Out, Dads! 3 Stress-Busting Tips to Keep Happiness, Health in Check

Posted on June 16th, 2015

Today’s dads often try to fill the role of “super dad.” You may feel like your life is on overload because you have seemingly never-ending demands at both work and home. There are times when you may find that you are working extremely hard to provide for your family, then you shift gears and strive to fulfill your obligations at home. You have more to do than you can handle between time spent at work and with your kids, doing chores around the house and in the yard, and taking care of the cars. It’s hard to even know what your priorities ought to be.

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Overdose Antidote Naloxone Now Available in California Without a Prescription

Overdose Antidote Naloxone Now Available in California Without a Prescription

Posted on June 14th, 2015

Naloxone, known as the overdose antidote, is a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and is now available in California without a prescription. The hope is that the expanded access to the drug will save more lives in the state. Thousands of opioid drug abusers and addicts die every year in California from overdoses. Most of the deaths are related to prescription painkillers, but heroin is also a culprit.

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