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Month: January 2017

Acupuncture for Addiction

Acupuncture for addiction is becoming an increasingly popular therapy. It is not a cure for addiction, but it does help to reduce uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, which in turn makes it more likely that someone will successfully get through the first few days of addiction treatment without turning back to their substance of choice. What Is …

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Help for Addiction: Signs That Rock Bottom Is Near

It is often difficult to convince men and women abusing drugs and alcohol to seek help for addiction. In many cases, they won’t be ready to accept your offer of assistance until after their lives have been torn to shreds and they can’t deny the truth about their substance abuse any longer. But make no …

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Effects of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can cause serious mental health issues, like hypervigilance, which is a symptom of PTSD. If you or someone you care about is suffering from domestic violence, don’t wait to get help. The effects of domestic violence can have serious long-term consequences. Types of Domestic Violence Domestic violence is a traumatizing ordeal that comes …

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Dutch Courage: Why Alcohol Makes You Feel Invincible

“Dutch courage” is an old-fashioned term sometimes used to describe the feeling of invulnerability that some people get after consuming alcohol. While this feeling may provide a boost of confidence, it can also greatly increase your chances of taking part in reckless or dangerous activities that could harm your health or the health of others. …

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Depression Risk Factors and Protective Factors

Around 14.8 million Americans suffer from depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It’s the third most common cause of hospitalization for Americans ages 18 to 44 and the leading cause of disability worldwide. Learn about some of the conditions that may put you at greater risk for depression, and what you can …

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Detoxing From Alcohol Without Medication

If you develop an addiction to alcohol, you will need to go through a detoxification period before actively participating in substance treatment. People with moderate or severe drinking problems almost inevitably require some sort of medication during detox in order to cope with the discomforting and potentially dangerous symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. However, in some …

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Campus Sexual Violence & the Role Alcohol Plays

One of the most disquieting safety concerns college students face today is the risk of sexual assault. It is a problem on campuses across America. In fact, sexual violence is considered to be more prevalent on college campuses than any other crime. Not all incidents of sexual violence have been linked with alcohol consumption, but …

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Common Characteristics of Children of Alcoholics

Children of alcoholic parents live in a unique world. While most children enjoy comfortable routines, playtime, reliable meals and bonding time with their caregivers, children of alcoholic parents don’t have the same luxuries. A Harder Lot in Life According to research comparing children of alcoholics to children of non-alcoholics, children of alcoholic parents are at …

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Shame Resiliency: 8 Ways to Grow Beyond Secrecy, Silence and Self-Judgement

By Shannon McQuaid, LMFT, LISAC, CDWF, CSAT-C, Executive Director/Clinical Director at Promises Scottsdale Shame has been referred to as the “silent epidemic.” Although it’s something we all deal with, it’s still considered a taboo topic. Just the mention of the word “shame” can make us shy away and withdraw. But when we live in silence, …

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