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Rave Parties: Safety Precautions

Rave parties are well known for loud, thumping music, vibrant light shows and the eccentric costumes they inspire. However, there’s another side to rave parties that can have catastrophic effects on concert-goers: illicit drugs. If you’re planning on attending a rave party, know the lingo, behaviors and hazards to watch out for. Know the Phrases …

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Can Physician Health Programs (PHP) Help Doctors in Crisis?

Many physicians face heavier workloads and more stress than the average employee. Medical professionals have to juggle their personal lives with demanding schedules. At the same time, they are addressing various patient health challenges. All of this can take a toll on a physician’s mental and behavioral health. To cope with the stressful nature of …

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Is Psychological Dependence the Same as Being Addicted?

Along with non-addicted substance abuse, addiction is the driving reason for seeking substance treatment. People affected by addiction commonly have an underlying condition called physical dependence. However, in addition to physical dependence, you may also experience a problem called psychological dependence. Interestingly, not all people who are psychologically dependent on a drug develop physical dependence …

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Alcohol & Cocaine Combined: Heart Damage Due to Cocaethylene

When consumed separately, both alcohol and cocaine can have damaging effects on your normal heart function. It turns out that the impact on your heart is even worse when you use these two substances together, or within an overlapping span of time. That’s because the combination of alcohol and cocaine in your body produces a …

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Dependent Personality Disorder in Women

For many women, the ability to balance independence with dependency is easily managed. However, for women suffering from Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD), the challenge to function independently can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there DPD can be treated. One setting in which women with DPD can find effective treatment in a comfortable atmosphere is a women’s mental …

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Why We Attract Partners Who Remind Us of Our Addicted Parent

By Elizabeth Davies-Ulirsch, MA, CSAT-C, Primary Therapist at Promises Young Adult Program When it comes to relationships we can often trace the problems of a current intimate partnership to family patterns that go back through generations. Addiction and other mental health disorders often find their genesis in the family tree as well. Just because addiction …

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9 Ways Women Can Go from Self-Sacrifice to Self-Soothing

By Jody Trager, PhD, Program Director at Promises Malibu Vista Many women feel unworthy. Cultural and family expectations, along with certain experiences and messages, can lead women onto a path of self-sacrifice, self-neglect and overwhelming emotions. Some of the underlying issues that impact women’s well-being include: Trauma and abuse. Sexual assault, rape and domestic abuse …

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