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Month: February 2020

10 Tips for Restructuring Your Life in Recovery

In recovery, things are bound to be different. There’s simply no way that life can go on as it did before. Still, recovery is a scary prospect for many who are just beginning this stage of the healing process. There are so many unknowns, and it’s hard to know how to plan for such a …

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Antidepressants, Naltrexone, and Behavioral Therapy Help Keep Addicts Sober

Once you complete a rehab program, it is up to you to use the skills that you have learned in your programs in the real world. Sobriety is another challenge that many recovering addicts have to face. Luckily, studies have shown that there are ways to help those coming back maintain their sabriety. Antidepressants, naltrexone, …

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A Guide to Depression Medication

Most people have experienced a time in life when situations or events may have triggered periods of melancholy or an overall sense of feeling down. It’s normal, at one time or another, to feel depression following something sad or distressing that has happened. Usually, these feelings will naturally fade away over a few days or …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Children

Research shows that children of parents with depression and anxiety disorders are up to seven times more likely than others to develop depression and anxiety themselves. But USA Today reported that two new studies suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce the risk of mental health problems in children and teens. In cognitive behavioral therapy, …

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Is Alcoholism Hereditary?

Alcoholism is a disease that doesn’t discriminate, meaning that anyone is prone to developing the condition during their lifetime. Alcoholism can also progress rapidly, especially if you are at a higher risk for developing addiction. Certain biological and environmental factors can increase your chances of suffering from alcoholism. But is alcoholism hereditary? Just because alcohol …

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder Relationships

Do You Love Someone With BPD? It’s the “I hate you; don’t leave me” syndrome. Borderline personality disorder relationships are fraught with intensive highs and extreme lows. People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are on a rollercoaster of unpredictable mood shifts, engulfing feelings of insecurity and self-destructive behaviors — and all too often, they take …

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How to Help Your Teen Avoid Drugs

The Mayo Clinic staff posted the following article on teen drug abuse: Many teens experiment with drugs, putting their health and safety at risk—but teen drug abuse isn’t inevitable. You can help prevent teen drug abuse by talking to your teen about the consequences of using drugs and the importance of making healthy choices. Know …

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a man reaches for a needle as he considers how today's opioid epidemic mirror the late 19th century morphine addiction phenomenon

Today’s Opioid Epidemic Mirrors Late 19th Century Morphine Addiction

How does today’s opioid epidemic mirror the late 19th century morphine addiction phenomenon? A country divided by ideology over slavery and the federal government’s role in prohibiting it led to America’s Civil War of 1861-1865 and a devastating loss of 625,000-750,000 lives. Long after rain washed away the blood of thousands of fallen soldiers at …

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Drug Use and Abscesses

How are drug use and abscesses related? Drugs such as heroin, morphine, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and certain prescription drugs are injected intravenously and less often via intramuscular or subcutaneous methods. Injection introduces a drug into the bloodstream via a hollow hypodermic needle and a syringe, which breaks the skin. Injection site abscess is one of …

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The Dangers of an Alcoholic Mother

When you hear the words “alcoholic mother,” you already have a mental image that’s disconcerting and confusing. It’s actually a dichotomy. Mothers should be nurturing, caring individuals, not falling-down drunks. How can the two possibly go together? The sad reality is that alcoholism knows no gender boundaries, nor does it pay heed to age, race, …

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