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When to Get Help for Gambling Addiction

A day at the racetracks or a night out at the casino can be a fun way to spend time with your partner or group of friends. These occasional outings are harmless for most people, and even if they lose, they restrict themselves to a specific budget. However, some people develop an addiction to gambling …

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What’s the Difference Between a Personality Disorder and a Mood Disorder?

It’s often hard to tell the difference between mental health conditions—particularly for those untrained in psychology. Talking to your doctor or another treatment specialist is the best way to get insight into what you’re facing. However, breaking down the difference between mood disorders and personality disorders can also help. Key Characteristics of Mood Disorders Mood …

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What Are The Long-Term Effects of Xanax?

Xanax, which is the brand name of the prescription drug alprazolam, is one of the most popular anxiety drugs in the United States. It is used to treat mental health issues like anxiety disorders and panic disorders. It is among the most frequently prescribed medicines in the benzodiazepine family. However, it is also considered highly …

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Get Answers on Whether Social Media Helps or Hinders Recovery

Does social media help recovery? Technology can be a double-edged sword. Some studies report the hazards of technology and cell phone use while others say social media makes people feel better. With recovery-oriented social media and addiction recovery apps growing, our team spoke to David Sack, MD, who is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and …

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Quiz: Is Counseling Right for You?

Life is not always easy, and you are sure to go through stressful periods here and there. While challenges are a normal part of everyday life, that does not mean you have to struggle on your own. Counseling is designed for this purpose — a therapist can help you overcome your struggles by providing a …

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How to Celebrate Stress Awareness Month

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Stress can prompt you to take action to prevent something negative from happening, which is a valuable function. However, stress can also overwhelm you and leave you feeling tired, wired, and stuck in a rut. April is Stress Awareness Month, the perfect time to look at how stress …

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Residential Treatment Isn’t as Scary as You Think

If you’re considering starting residential treatment, it makes sense that you may be afraid. You are suddenly unsure about what the future holds for you. While many resources exist combatting common myths about what substance abuse treatment will be like, it’s easy to get the wrong idea. Even certain media portrayals rely on outdated and …

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Mind-Body Connection in Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a uniquely challenging disease to overcome. It affects us not only physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. By this, we mean that the disease that drives our physical need for the substance also fuels our emotional drive to avoid overwhelming feelings and whispers lies that run through our minds on repeat. The …

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Learning Self-Love: A Love Letter to You

This week is an exciting time for Promises Behavioral Health! During the second week of February, we celebrate Promise Week. It is a time for us to reflect on what it means to make a promise to others and ourselves. To paraphrase RuPaul, “If you can’t love yourself, how can you love someone else?” Truer …

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3 Major Coping Skills for Addiction Recovery

Stopping your substance use is important, but it’s only one aspect of your recovery process. The foundation of your recovery is a life designed to help you avoid substance use. Living this way requires careful thought, emotional support and a range of healthy coping skills. So what are the coping skills for addiction that help …

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