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First-Time Drug Use Showing Up in Pre-Teens

Most parents consider drug use to be a topic appropriate for kids in their mid-to-late teenage years, not to their pubescent daughters and sons barely out of middle school. However, research by the American Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggests that children as young as 12 are using drugs such as hallucinogens …

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Recovery Balancing Act: Maintaining An Even Keel Between Work And Life

If it seems as though many days are a tough struggle just to get through, and you’re in early recovery, the good news is that you are not alone. Many other newcomers to sobriety are feeling the same. But that doesn’t help you much when you have to figure out a way to not only …

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Pot Dealer in U.K. Sentenced to Writing Essay

Write a 5000-word essay or do 240 hours of community service?  Although a formal poll hasn’t been taken, it’s not hard to guess the choice most convicted drug dealers would make.  Yet, a 32-year-old UK man said he was “shocked” to hear the sentence handed down to him by the judge.  He was reportedly unable …

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Painkiller’s Use in Sports Sets Off Alarm Bells

The national spotlight has been focused on professional cycling with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong finally coming clean on his use of steroids and blood boosters. But baseball isn’t far behind–some of its biggest stars are also under the microscope, not for steroid use, but for an anti-inflammatory drug called Toradol.

The Most Misunderstood Addiction Problem

In Bailey’s sophomore year of high school, her parents divorced and her father moved across the country to be with another woman. Her mother, devastated by the affair she’d discovered months earlier, succumbed to depression. The stress of her parents’ divorce and her feelings of responsibility for her mother’s condition took a toll on her. …

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DSM-5 – Important Changes in the Newest Edition of the Diagnostic Manual Used by Mental Health Professionals

If you’ve ever been evaluated by a mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or clinical social worker, any diagnosis you received was based on the clinical criteria from a manual known as the DSM. DSM is short for “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders“; it’s essentially the diagnostic “bible” for anyone in …

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Irritable Depression: When Sadness Feels Like Anger

Ever feel so frustrated and pent up that even the slightest thing seems like it could set you off? It can feel like anger, but is it truly rage or is it a different emotion? One that defies words but combines anger, frustration, sadness, anxiety, stress, and edginess? Irritability can feel like emotional sandpaper under …

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