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How Anxiety Derails Addiction Recovery

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the U.S. Almost 30% of Americans struggle with it at some point in their lives. And if you have an anxiety disorder, research shows you’re two to three times more likely to struggle with substance abuse than the general population. It’s a combination that …

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Alcoholism Facts: The Impact on Marriage and Relationships

Alcohol abuse can slowly destroy relationships. It can erode even the most committed love, scar children, and impact families for generations. If you suspect a problem with your spouse, it is important to know how alcohol addiction affects relationships—and how an alcohol addiction treatment program can help. Understanding Alcohol Addiction There’s always a reason why …

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Effects of Meth on the Brain

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that affects the brain in several different ways. It affects how people think, feel, and behave. When someone uses meth, they experience an intense rush of pleasure followed by surges in energy and alertness that can last for hours. However, these effects are short-lived and can be followed by feelings …

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What Are the Signs of a Drinking Problem

There are many stereotypes and assumptions about what alcohol addiction looks like. Media and pop culture often focus on the most severe signs of a drinking problem, such as homelessness and intoxication. And while those signs may indicate a drinking problem, the signs of an alcohol addiction can also be much more subtle. It is …

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Is There a Genetic Predisposition for Alcoholism?

Many people wonder if there is an alcoholism gene that automatically gets passed from generation to generation and determines whether people will drink in an unhealthy way. It’s true that certain genes do make some people more vulnerable to excessive alcohol use, but it’s also true that not everyone who is at risk for alcoholism …

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Stress vs. Anxiety as Triggers for Addiction: Which Is Worse?

There’s a lot to be said about stress vs. anxiety as triggers for addiction. Both are significant drivers of substance abuse, but which is worse? It’s a tricky question, but most addiction treatment specialists and studies confirm that anxiety is typically the more potent catalyst for drug or alcohol problems. What’s the difference between stress …

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Mindfulness Techniques to Help With Addiction

Many people grow up with underlying pain, fear, or shame that becomes a looming influence in their lives. This can lead people to self-soothe. In turn, people may use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. For the most part, addiction is about running away from feelings and painful emotional states. Mindfulness has become a staple of …

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Warning Signs of Addiction

Addiction isn’t always easy to recognize, even for people close to a loved one struggling with it. While some signs of addiction seem obvious, it’s not uncommon for someone to ignore them. However, ignoring the warning signs of addiction won’t make it go away. In many cases, that only makes things worse. Learning what to …

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The Connection Between Depression and Addiction

No one can deny the connection between depression and addiction. However, the correlation between the two is not always linear. Whether you or someone you care about struggles with depression or addiction, understanding how the two are connected is essential to finding the best treatment possible for improved mental health and quality of life. For …

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Don’t Miss the Warning Signs of Drug Addiction in Your Loved One

Addiction can affect anyone, but it’s not always easy to spot. Your loved one could be in the throes of addiction, and you may not even know it. If you are worried about a loved one, there are a few warning signs that could indicate addiction. Remember that everyone is different, and not everyone will …

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