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Addiction Recovery’s Most Unexpected Rewards

In honor of those celebrating recovery, we asked bloggers, recovery organization members, authors, and other who’ve made the journey from addiction to sobriety one simple question: “What’s been the most unexpected reward of recovery?” If you’re struggling with drugs or alcohol, the experts at Promises Behavioral Health know that the answers will help show what …

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How Parents Can Influence College Students’ Drinking

Selfies of drunken, wasted students are alarming to any parent preparing to send a budding adult off to college. But experts say that those images convey a false idea about many young people’s experiences and that parents influence college drinking more than they may think. If your teen or young adult child is struggling with …

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Preventing Relapse: How Strong Is Your Safety Net?

If you are working to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, here’s a basic truth: No one can do it for you. But here’s another: Others can help. You’re much more likely to make it to successful recovery if you have a strong safety net in place for preventing relapse. That means establishing connections …

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Nurture Yourself With Nature

As a result of the first Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency was founded and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were passed. Earth Day also raised a conversation about the importance of sustainability of our ecosystems and being good stewards of the planet. But as we seek the most effective ways …

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5 Questions About Alcohol Detox Answered

It’s the first step for those ready to end problem drinking — cleansing the body of alcohol through detox. But what does detoxification really mean? Here’s a look at the process through five commonly asked questions about alcohol detox.  Can’t I Just Go Cold Turkey Rather Than Going Through Alcohol Detox? It’s admirable to want …

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Depression Treatment Beyond Drugs: 10 Things It Can’t Hurt to Try

Tell your doctor you’re depressed and it’s a sure bet you’ll walk out of the office with a prescription for an antidepressant. For some, such medication works miracles, making it possible to again live life to the fullest. Others aren’t so lucky, finding the drugs do little or nothing to help their low mood. Additionally, …

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Is Trauma Behind Your Alcohol or Drug Use?

For those struggling with trauma, substances such as drugs and alcohol can seem to offer a way to cope with emotional pain. It’s a false promise, of course. The numbing effects of the drink or the drug will eventually wear off, and the pain will return in force. And with it often comes a new …

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Treatment for Depression

For many people, admitting that they have depression can be difficult. Some regard it as a sign of weakness, while others think they should be able to simply “pull themselves up by the bootstraps”. Acknowledging this treatable psychiatric disorder is the first step towards getting better. The second step is getting treatment. Traditionally, there are …

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