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Month: April 2011

“Secondhand Television” Increases Risk for Eating Disorders

The effects of secondhand smoke have been well-documented, with many research studies showing the risks to exposure to other people’s cigarettes. Now, however, it turns out that another potentially harmful effect may be tied to secondhand television exposure. While the effects of secondhand television are not directly impacting physical well-being as cigarettes do, it may …

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Meditation and Other Relaxation Techniques Ease Anxiety

Almost everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives.  Anxiety becomes a problem when it interrupts everyday life with consuming thoughts or fears that persist for six months or more.  Common stressors for those with anxiety include work, money, general health, and safety.  Anxiety disorders cause individuals to look at situations with a skewed …

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Why Total Abstinence in Recovery Is Key to Long-Term Sobriety

Some people like to live on the edge. Always seeking that adrenalin rush that comes with taking risks seems natural to certain individuals. But when you’re in recovery, thinking that you can handle just one drink is more than dancing with temptation. It’s a recipe for relapse – and a chance you shouldn’t take. Total …

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How to Choose From the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between

Anyone who’s in recovery knows that it’s not all good times. Sure, there’s the great feeling you get from knowing that you’ve completed treatment and are on the road to recovey. But that’s just it – it’s an ongoing road, not a destination that you’ll charge towards and then rest at the end. This means …

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All or Nothing How to Avoid the Trap of Perfectionism in Recovery

Maybe you suspect this about yourself. Maybe you know it. But when you’re in recovery, doesn’t it often seem as if you’re gripped by the same type of obsession you once displayed toward drug or alcohol seeking and use? In a way, it’s very hard to change our behaviors – even when it’s for the …

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Confirming Your Suspicions: How to Know For Sure if Your Spouse Has a Gambling Problem

You’ve known for some time now that something is wrong, but you just can’t seem to find the courage to confront your spouse on the issue. What you do know is that he or she has been distant lately, and that, along with a few other signs, means that there’s a problem that needs dealing …

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High Rates of Substance Abuse Among Veterans with Mental Health Disorders

Previous studies have found high rates of substance abuse among U.S. veterans, and a new study finds the same among U.S. veterans with mental health disorders. The study, led by Dr. Ismene Petrakis of the Yale University School of Medicine, could be helpful in understanding the needs of veterans of different eras, and in targeting …

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Make the Most of Your Sobriety Milestones

“It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.” – Mike Huckabee, American politician, former Governor of Arkansas and Republican candidate for President of the United States in the 2008 election (born 1955) Yes we are ordinary people. Whether we are rich or poor, highly educated or …

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Obesity Can Be Compounded by Social Anxiety Disorder

Under the current guidelines of the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-IV, individuals with an existing medical condition who also suffer from anxiety should not be diagnosed for social anxiety disorder (SAD) if their anxiety is related to their medical condition. However, recent research has been indicating that individuals with such medical conditions …

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