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Month: October 2012

Feel Yourself Slipping? Tips to Help You Get It Together Again

When you worry that you’re in danger of falling into relapse or make some serious mistakes that could land you in trouble, it’s time to do something proactive to get yourself back firmly in step with recovery principles. The reality is that fear of relapse is quite common, especially among the newly sober individuals just …

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Eight Dimensions of Wellness for Those With Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders

What does wellness mean to you? For millions of Americans, the definition of wellness likely means a sense of overall well-being. But for those who suffer from mental and substance abuse disorders, wellness does not mean an absence of disease, illness or stress, but rather feeling a sense of purpose in life, being actively involved …

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The Changing of the Seasons and Seasonal Affective Disorder

The month of September is nearly past and Fall is almost upon us. Many regions of the country are already feeling the cooler temperatures, seeing colors start to change and having to adjust to a new schedule of dawn and dusk. For many, Fall is a welcome respite from the blazing days of summer, but …

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Environmental Factors That Can Increase Risk for Alcohol Abuse

Though alcohol addiction is a behavioral illness, many experts agree that environmental factors figure largely in how a person thinks about and interacts with alcohol. Environmental factors such as product availability, social attitude and advertising can all play a part in whether or not a person will abuse alcohol. Socio-economic factors may also contribute, but …

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Teen Drinking and Driving

Driving the family car is a rite of passage for many teens. For parents it can represent their child’s first physical step outside of the family nest. Independence. A recent report from our nation’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that overall, teens are taking those initial driving steps more cautiously. Nevertheless, the …

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Self-Concept in Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that can significantly change the quality of life for not only the patient, but also sometimes their close relatives. Helping individuals with schizophrenia achieve the highest quality of life possible is linked to understanding the negative moods of schizophrenia. The negative moods that come with the disorder can result …

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Depression’s Effects on Emotions

People who live with depression experience daily life through a different prism than do non-depressed people according to a recent study. The prism for the depressed person tangles negative emotions until they are so jumbled that the person finds it difficult if not impossible to untie them and see them as separate. Healthy folks can …

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