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Addiction and the Brain: What You Need to Know

One of the main problems with drugs and alcohol is that they affect the way the brain works. They can cause serious and significant problems for anyone who uses or abuses them, especially over the long term. It’s important to understand addiction and the brain, so you can get a better idea of how drug …

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Is Alcohol a Drug?

People often refer to drugs and alcohol, which makes it sound as though alcohol is in a separate category. But some people wonder, is alcohol a drug? The short answer is yes. It affects the body in a number of ways, and can be very detrimental if it’s misused or abused. Fortunately, at Promises Behavioral Health we can …

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Dangerous Prescription Medication: Are You Putting Yourself at Risk?

If you’re trying to figure out if the medication you’re taking is dangerous, doing some research is a good idea. There are dangerous prescription medication options out there, especially if you’re taking something that wasn’t prescribed for you or you’re taking a dosage that’s more than your doctor recommended. However, you don’t have to live …

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Teen Drinking Linked to Behavioral Problems

Teens who drink heavily are more likely than their peers to have behavioral and attention problems and suffer from anxiety and depression, new research finds. Science Daily reports that a team led by researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology based their research on a study of nearly 9,000 Norwegian teenagers aged 13-19 …

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What’s the Difference Between Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2?

What’s the difference between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2? These two conditions are closely related but have crucial differences between them. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around 2.6 % of the U.S. adult population has suffered from bipolar disorder in the past year, and about 3.9 % has it over the course …

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Withdrawal from Antidepressants

If you’re looking to safely withdraw from antidepressants like Paxil, Lexapro, or Prozac, you should never quit “cold turkey.” To safely remove yourself from antidepressants, it is important to slowly wean yourself off of them by using smaller and smaller doses. Summer Beretsky wrote a piece for the World of Psychology blog on PsychCentral.com that …

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What Is C-PTSD? Causes of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you are a person who has experienced repetitive, long-term captivity or abuse, you can develop a disorder known as complex post-traumatic stress disorder, or C-PTSD. The causes of complex post-traumatic stress disorder are usually a series of traumas that occur over a long period of time, rather than by a single traumatic event. Being …

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How to Help a Loved One Suffering From Post-Acute Withdrawal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal? After a prolonged period of substance abuse, a drug user who enters recovery will go through three main phases: detox, acute withdrawal, and post-acute withdrawal. During the detox period, it is important that the patient be supervised by trained medical professionals as some drugs can cause life-threatening conditions during the …

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Depression, Substance Abuse, and Mental Illness in the Military

A 2007 CBS News story recounted the life of a soldier, Staff Sgt. Daniel Shannon, who had been injured in combat and subsequently suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Shannon was prone to violent outbursts, where he would find himself destroying furniture in fits of rage. Sadly, stories like his are common; as the wars …

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