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Stress Tends to Play a Part in Cocaine Relapse

The life of drug use can be challenging. However, trying to abandon that life can be equally tricky. It takes the help of an addiction treatment center, such as Promises Behavioral Health to begin the journey to recovery. But what happens after you’ve started down the path to sobriety? For some, stress and cocaine relapse …

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Treatment for Women with Dual Diagnosis Addiction

asIf you are a woman struggling with alcohol or chemical dependency and also have a simultaneous behavior or mood disorder, you have what is called dual diagnosis addiction. This is not all that uncommon. An estimated 53 percent of women who are chemically dependent have one or more behavioral or mood issues. Since either condition …

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What is Equine-Assisted Therapy?

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the definition of equine is “of, relating to, or resembling a horse or the horse family.” It follows, then, that equine-assisted therapy involves horses. But what is equine-assisted therapy? There are distinctive types of equine therapy, but they all involve the use of horses. There’s equine-assisted therapy (EAT), equine-assisted …

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Mental Health is Important for Overall Physical Health

There has always been a connection between mental health and physical health. However, recently, experts have taken the time to research this connection. Accordingly, they have discovered that taking care of your mental health is equally as important as taking care of your physical health. If you need assistance to ensure that both can thrive, …

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Decision-Making Affected by Binge Drinking

In society today, many teens believe alcohol use is a normal part of life. In most movies that prominently feature adolescents and teens, there is a scene where teens drink excessively. As a result, teens think that using alcohol is cool, and isn’t that big of a deal. Unfortunately, binge drinking and decision making are …

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Why Anti-Depressants Don’t Work for Some

More than half of people who take antidepressants for depression never get relief. New research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine finds that this is because the cause of depression has been oversimplified and drugs designed to treat it are aiming at the wrong target. Science Daily reports that a study from the laboratory …

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Addiction and Immunity

The threat of COVID-19 is presenting all of us with unique circumstances. The uncertainty and anxiety are sure to wear down our mental and physical health. Unfortunately, folks suffering from addiction are at an even higher risk. Addiction and immunity are directly linked. In other words, your physical health already weak from alcohol and drug …

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Exercise and Depression

Doctors, scientists, and personal trainers have long touted the benefits of exercise on a person’s physical health. Regular fitness activity prevents chronic health conditions, helps maintain a healthy weight, increases energy, and much more. But did you know that exercise also benefits your mental health by reducing depression and anxiety? If you are one of …

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CARF Accreditation: What You Need to Know About Rehabs

When you’re looking for addiction rehab, take the time to check into accreditation. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is the industry standard. Though not just anyone is likely to claim to offer medically supervised drug detox or dual diagnosis therapy, becoming accredited is not a small or unimportant task. That’s a big …

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Parents who Accommodate OCD Behaviors May Worsen the Condition

As parents, we want to do what is best for our children. However, when mental health conditions come into play, the “best thing” may not always be clear. For instance, for parents whose children struggle with OCD, working with them, and accommodating their needs may seem ideal. After all, it’s all about making sure that …

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