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Do Married Couples Have to Be Celibate in Addiction Recovery?

By Christian Castaneda, LCSW, Program Director at Promises Malibu Addiction recovery is a vulnerable and healing time when people must learn new ways of creating healthy relationships with themselves and others. Singles must remove themselves from unhealthy sexual encounters and refrain from starting new romantic or sexual relationships for one year. But what if you …

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Managing Celibacy in Addiction Recovery: Why Can’t I Have Sex for One Year?

By Christian Castaneda, LCSW, Program Director at Promises Malibu Addiction recovery is about letting go of the substances and behaviors that got you into trouble and learning new ways of coping with life. It requires being in touch with true feelings and old trauma. You also have to find new ways to deal with sex …

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Mindfulness: A Healthy Alternative to Substance Abuse for Creative People

By Kenneth England, MFT, Primary Therapist at Promises Malibu Creative people have long been associated with lavish use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Many talented people have been molded by the idea that drinking and drugs inspire their craft. Although scientists have long looked for a direct link between creative inspiration and drug use, …

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How Long Does it Take for Caffeine to Wear Off?

Many people don’t consider caffeine a drug, but it is the most commonly used mood-altering drug in the world. While about 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide a day, tea, chocolate, cocoa beverages, soft drinks and energy drinks also contain varying amounts of caffeine. The stimulant effects of caffeine on the central nervous …

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Russian Athletes Banned: Olympics and Paralympics Teams

The Russian athlete doping scandal first surfaced on the eve of the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games in 2016. In December 2017, after a lengthy and much-delayed investigation, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a controversial Russian Olympic ban, barring dozens of athletes from representing their country at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South …

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How Equine Therapy Can Help Heal Sex Addiction

Experts say that equine therapy and other therapies, like zip-lining and art therapy, can help people recover from sex addiction. How can being on a horse or expressing yourself through art make a difference? Experiential therapies or action therapies can sometimes accelerate healing where other therapies, such as traditional talk therapy, prove less effective. Equine …

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Adderall vs. Vyvanse: A Comparison

Adderall (d-amphetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant, comprised of mixed amphetamine salts (75% dextroamphetamine; 25% levoamphetamine). Amphetamines stimulate the brain by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, the neurotransmitters involved in hyperactivity and impulse control. Adderall was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. It is used for the …

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A Legacy of Trauma: How Sexual Abuse Can Impact Future Generations

The #MeToo movement has gone viral following sexual harassment and sexual misconduct allegations against a growing list of celebrities. It’s a powerful and needed movement that’s only beginning to shed light on the depth and scale of the problem. “I’m glad people are coming forward,” says Sherry Young, PhD, CSAT, a senior clinical outreach director …

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