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Coping Strategies for Mild Anxiety

To the person who suffers from anxiety, the term “mild” may seem like a misnomer. Anxiety attacks or feelings of anxiousness are rarely mild to the sufferer, but there is a clinical place for the term. The term “mild” does not intend to lessen the prevalence of this condition, but rather to define the level …

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What Are the Side Effects of Vivitrol?

If you’ve been through a rehab program to break free of opioids or alcohol addiction, you may have used the drug Vivitrol. Vivitrol is a relatively recent drug that is commonly used for the treatment of alcohol dependence or to prevent relapse in patients struggling with opioid dependence. It can help users break free from …

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How to Cope With Complex PTSD

Complex PTSD occurs when a person has been exposed to long-term trauma, such as ongoing domestic violence, forced prostitution, being held hostage or long-term childhood abuse. Most people who suffer from complex PTSD experience problems with regulating their emotions, memory problems, dissociation, difficulty trusting others, having stable relationships, and problems with self-perceptions of guilt, shame, …

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Recovery Lifestyle: 6 Tips for Staying Sober

It is a common belief that a person with an addiction is “fixed” or cured during drug rehab. But because addiction is a chronic disease, even after completing drug or alcohol rehab, there’s still work to do. Thanks to detox and treatment, you have cleansed substances from your body and gained new insights in therapy …

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Difference Between CBT and DBT

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) are both effective in treating both mental disorders and drug or alcohol addiction. These evidence-based methods include both individual and group therapy led by a licensed treatment specialist. However, there are some differences between CBT and DBT. Ultimately, Dialectical behavioral therapy is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. …

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How Families Can Help an Addicted Loved One

Millions of Americans know how painful it is to watch a loved one struggle with alcohol or drug abuse. Research shows that more than 40% of adults in the United States have at least one addicted person in their immediate family. It is even more painful feeling powerless to help. Should you have a heart-to-heart …

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Anxiety and the Workplace: Mental Health Statistics

While anxiety and workplace mental health statistics don’t seem to have much in common, that appearance is deceiving.  Those of us who suffer from anxiety disorders know all too well that this condition can exacerbate or interact negatively with daily stress at work. It’s estimated that one-third of American adults have experienced anxiety at various …

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Pets: Natural Stress Relievers

Stress is a major trigger for alcohol and drug abuse, especially among recovering addicts. Even non-dependent drinkers often look to alcohol as a way to “decompress” or “take the edge off,” which ends up leading to even more stress. So finding healthy, positive ways to relieve stress will decrease your chances for relapse as well …

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Signs of an Alcoholic

Sometimes we are not the best judge of our own behavior or condition. Such is the case when it comes to gauging our relationship with alcohol. Going on a weekend bender once or twice a year does not necessarily make you an alcoholic. Going on a bender every weekend and sipping a few throughout the …

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How to Recognize a Functioning Alcoholic At Work

In episodes of “Mad Men,” it’s not uncommon to find Don Draper and his colleagues huddling in the office and drinking alcohol. Boozing and schmoozing on the job was once a staple of white-collar America and offering a drink to visiting clients was a part of doing business. While the days of having a bar …

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