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7 Ways Radical Acceptance Can Transform Your Life

Posted on March 29th, 2017

By Kelsey Harper, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist and Program Director at Promises Malibu

Anyone who has ever been caught in an undertow learns that there’s no sense in swimming against it because it only pulls us in deeper. However, going with the natural flow of the ocean will usually bring us back to shore safely on a wave. Life is like that, too.

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Coping With the Loss of a Fellow Addict

Posted on March 28th, 2017

Losing a friend or peer to addiction can be shattering for people in early recovery who are still solidifying grief coping skills to deal with all of life’s slings and arrows. Loss and grief can negatively impact a person’s recovery process, posing a threat for relapse. But there is also a lot to be learned from this type of tragic loss.

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The Dangers of Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Posted on March 27th, 2017

It is no secret that heavy and repeated consumption of alcohol can lead to addiction. In general, the more a person drinks the more tenacious and resistant to treatment their addiction will be, meaning they’ll experience stronger alcoholism withdrawal symptoms if and when they decide to quit.

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Teenage Smoking Statistics in the UK vs. the US

Posted on March 27th, 2017

Smoking kills over 480,000 Americans each year, and 90% of smokers had their first cigarette before they were 18 years old. These two simple facts show why bringing down the number of teenage smokers is a big priority in the U.S. and around the world. One of the simplest ways to understand the extent of the problem is to compare teenage smoking rates in the U.S to those in the U.K.

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Schizophrenia in Women

Posted on March 26th, 2017

Schizophrenia is a mental health concern that produces episodes of psychotic behavior, including delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thoughts and speech, and an apparent lack of emotion. It affects social behavior and cognition, interfering with relationships and career goals.

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Best Healthcare Resources After Addiction Treatment

Posted on March 25th, 2017

There are different types of drug programs that can help addicts begin to learn to live without drugs. Whether you go through inpatient rehabilitation or intensive outpatient treatment, getting sober is only the beginning of a lifelong journey toward addiction recovery. Continuing on that journey and maintaining lasting sobriety will most likely require you to utilize healthcare resources after you complete addiction treatment.

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Best Depictions of Treatment Centers in Film and Television

Posted on March 24th, 2017

Fictional media portrayals of the rehab experience that show it as it really is have been few and far between in film and television. This may be because the gritty, challenging, day-to-day struggle of men and women going through treatment for addiction doesn’t fit neatly into a one or two-hour format. Also, addiction treatment is a sensitive subject that makes many people uncomfortable because it hits too close to home (virtually every American family has been touched by alcohol and/or drug addiction, at least to some extent).

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Best Continuing Care Programs After Addiction Treatment

Posted on March 24th, 2017

Choosing to enter a program in a drug treatment center is an important first step in addiction recovery. Organized treatment programs offer a structured multidisciplinary environment designed to address various components of addiction recovery, including emotional and psychological factors, and medical concerns. But when treatment is successfully completed, there is a critical next step during recovery — follow-up support to help prevent relapse.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Women

Posted on March 23rd, 2017

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a well-known but widely misunderstood behavioral health issue. It is often associated with war veterans, but trauma can be experienced in everyday life. From natural disasters to witnessing an act of violence to sustaining a severe injury, trauma can come from many sources.

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Panic Disorders in Women

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

Panic disorders are anxiety-based mental health conditions that produce panicked emotional states in situations that the average person would find harmless. Doctors can diagnose two of these conditions: panic attack and panic disorder. For reasons that aren’t fully understood, women develop panic-based illnesses much more often than men. In addition, they tend to develop more severe forms of these illnesses. Due to these facts, affected women may want to consider seeking gender-specific treatment at women’s health retreats.

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How Do Drugs Change How You Look?

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

Most of us are aware of the havoc that addiction to drugs and alcohol can wreak on a person’s life — from loss of career or reputation to financial ruin, broken relationships and a dysfunctional family life. But what about the toll drugs and alcohol can take on a person’s looks? Often, alcohol and drug abuse can alter a person’s appearance as radically as it can alter their behavior.

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