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When You Feel the Urge to Smoke, Try Mindfulness Instead

Often at the root of our urge to smoke, we will find anxious ruminations simmering just under the surface. It may be the weariness from a long week, the stress of planning for an upcoming trip or move or the fears that plague you as you try to fall asleep that has you reaching for …

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When It’s Not “Just Weed”

Most everyone has a desire to escape, relax and reward themselves occasionally. These are essential parts of a high-quality life. However, unfortunately, many who live with an addiction usually don’t know how to do those things without using and abusing substances. The truth is, many of these individuals have never known anything different, and the …

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9 Benefits of Online Support for Recovery

Indeed, online support for recovery is available. Since the turn of the century and the decades following, we have witnessed a massive shift in our world. In the last year alone, our lives have become seemingly dependent upon our internet connection, as technology has become the platform where we work, play, learn, exercise, and socialize. …

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Anxiety and Signs of Withdrawal

The cold sweats, the runny nose—all of it is enough to make you wonder, are these the signs of withdrawal? Anytime you stop using a drug or substance, there’s a chance you will experience withdrawals. Your body aches, your mind is foggy, and you’re feeling off enough to know that something is going on. So …

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What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?

Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life, and we’ve all felt the symptoms of anxiety disorders. However, when that anxiety becomes chronic and interferes with your ability to live your life, it becomes a problem. More than 40 million adults in the U.S. live with an anxiety disorder, making it the most common …

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How to Take the Effects of Stress Seriously

Recognizing the Effects of Stress    Make no bones about it; stress is a part of life for all of us, and it is here to stay. That’s why learning to manage stress is vital for maintaining good mental health. Managing stress begins with being able to recognize it. Stress manifests as symptoms. Our instincts often …

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Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment Right For Me?

You know you need addiction treatment. You also aren’t sure you need inpatient rehab. Could outpatient addiction treatment be an option? Outpatient rehab could be right for you if you don’t need 24-hour care, as stated by the scientific journal Psychiatric Services. So what do outpatient programs look like, and what are some of the …

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Are You Always Angry and Irritable?

Most people see depression as constant sadness, lack of motivation or apathy, never recognizing that being always angry and irritable are all telltale signs. These lesser-known symptoms of depression can stop people from realizing what’s happening.  If you find that you’re always angry and irritable no matter what you do to soothe your mood, you …

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Giving the Gift of Mental Well-Being with Thistle Farms

For mental health month, Promises Behavioral Health is honored to partner with Thistle Farms, local mental health and recovery leader whose mission is to provide a sanctuary for women recovering from sex trafficking, abuse and addiction. For over 20 years, Thistle Farms has impacted the mental well-being of Nashville and the surrounding areas. The organization …

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Rewriting the Term “Opioid Addict”

Stigma is harsh, but it’s usually easier than untangling the truth about opioid use disorder. Some people think substance use disorders are about moral failure or character flaws. These perceptions create stigma and shame for people coping with addiction. Opioid misuse is a complex health issue. Yet, stigma often gets in the way of treatment.  …

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