The holidays can be one of the best times of year. However, it’s also one of the most stressful times for many people because of everything that’s going on. But there are many things you can do to keep your family stress-free during the holidays. Consider these tips:
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Mindfulness is commonly used shorthand for the ability to stay aware of the internal and external changes going on in your moment-to-moment reality. While certain practices can enhance this ability, each adult already has a baseline level of mindfulness. In a study review scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University assessed the impact that this baseline awareness, known as trait mindfulness, has on the likelihood that any given person will use a range of mind-altering substances or develop significant problems related to substance use.
The synthetic chemical substance MDMA has been around since the early 20th century. But it remained relatively obscure and unknown until the 1980s, when it arrived on the youth party scene, in pill form, carrying the name Ecstasy.
In June 2012, Americans from coast to coast were shocked by a story about a vicious attack launched against a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. The perpetrator of this crime chewed off most of his victim’s face, and when ordered by police to stop his assault, he only growled and bared his teeth, forcing the officers to shoot him to death in order to save the other man’s life. Eventually, reports leaked claiming that the so-called “Causeway Cannibal,” identified as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, was under the influence of a designer drug known as bath salts at the time of his psychotic episode.
When parents think about protecting their children from pornography, most are thinking about their sons. Little girls aren’t interested in these things, are they? The fact is that boys and girls are equally curious, but as a society we tend to ignore the needs and curiosities of the female sex. We do it to their detriment. In this age of ever-available Internet porn, little girls and little boys have equal access to material that they may not understand and which can cause lasting damage and may even lead to pornography addiction.
The designer drug, Kush, a form of synthetic marijuana, has been halted. The Houston City Council has enacted a ban on this dangerous, mind-altering substance.
Synthetic marijuana — also known as synthetic cannabis, K2, Spice or “fake weed” — mimics the effects of natural marijuana. It’s concocted with unsafe synthetic compounds that can produce adverse effects that are much more severe, including stroke and death.
Yukari is a 48-year-old mother and wife with everything to lose. She needs to be present for her daughter’s graduation and her son’s autism therapy appointments. She needs to be a partner to her husband. But she can’t seem to manage any of it. In the past, she worked really hard; she was a perfect wife and mom. Then her father passed—they had a difficult relationship—and Yukari started drinking. Five years in, after a lot of messy mistakes, she put the bottle down. Recovery felt good. But now she finds herself hooked on something new. Each night she goes to bed promising herself she won’t do it anymore, but each morning arrives and Yukari can’t resist the urge to check her throwaway email account. To post Craigslist ads. She’s already met five men and done things a younger Yukari never would have. In the moment, these dalliances make her feel alive and desired, young again and sexy. But afterward, she feels incredibly ashamed.
During the 1970s, cultural experimentation was rampant. Edgy, daring trends in music, fashion, filmmaking and pop psychology were all the rage. Hedonistic pursuits became an accepted form of self-expression. Old standards were dismissed as quaint and reactionary.
There is an inherent assumption by many that if you’re addicted to one drug, even if you get better, you’re likely to switch over to another. It’s a pretty disheartening concept for those struggling to overcome an addiction, making one think that, even if their treatment is successful, they just might become addicted to another drug or behavior. Now a new study has investigated this hypothesis and come to the conclusion that overcoming a drug addiction actually reduces the risk for a new addiction.
Anyone who regularly consumes alcohol in excessive amounts can eventually develop moderate, severe or even life-threatening degrees of liver damage. Researchers are well aware that long-term heavy drinkers who also participate in the drunkenness-producing, short-term practice called binge drinking can substantially worsen the overall amount of liver damage they ultimately sustain. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Hepatology International, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine explored the underlying reasons why binge drinking produces this additive effect. The researchers concluded that binge drinking can actually lead to liver-damaging changes in the body’s DNA.