Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Posted on December 6, 2016 in Mental Health

Why This Simple Recovery Strategy to Anxiety-Proof Your Brain Is Worth Your Next Five Minutes

“Brain plasticity.” The term frequently gets bandied about these days in the latest studies on addiction and mental health. It’s a fancy way to describe the brain’s inherent capacity to adapt and heal (or deteriorate) over the course of a lifetime, in response to one’s environment, experiences and changing physiology. And for people in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction and other mental disorders, brain plasticity is like one brightly flashing billboard sign that reads, “You Can Get Better.”

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Holiday Rehab Treatment

Posted on November 22, 2016 in Recovery

The Holidays in Rehab? 5 Reasons to Say Yes

If you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, you may be looking ahead to the New Year and vowing that once the holidays are behind you, you’ll reach out for the addiction treatment you need and get your life back at last.

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Teen Bullying and Substance Abuse

Posted on October 27, 2016 in Teen Substance Abuse

Colorado Uses Marijuana Tax Proceeds to Stop Bullying and Teen Drug Use

As October’s observance of National Bullying Prevention Month continues, we’re reminded of the strong connection between substance abuse in young people and being the victim of a bully. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 30% of students have reported being bullied at some point. That’s 30% of students who are at an increased risk for not only drug use, but also academic problems, sleep issues, depression and anxiety. And the bullies themselves face elevated risks for academic issues, substance abuse and committing crimes later in life.

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Drug Abuse and Overdose Deaths

Posted on October 17, 2016 in Addiction

Drug Abuse: A Grave Mistake

An image that has gone viral is one of a man lying in an open casket. Standing before him are three people   — his wife, his young son and daughter. They are smiling. He is not. The 26-year-old Ohio man died in September as a result of heroin addiction and drug overdose. Although Mike Settles entered treatment and was discharged from an inpatient program in December of the previous year, believing that he had kicked the habit, what began as prescription drug abuse took a sharp downturn. When using opiates to treat dental pain, which he declared that he could manage without spiraling out of control once again, he experienced a relapse that signaled the end of his life.

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Dealing with Sex Addiction

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Sex Addiction

Sex Addiction Is Not Just About Sex, But You Do Have to Talk About It

Identifying and treating sex addiction can be a real challenge for both patients and professionals. People with sex addiction, particularly women, do not always recognize that compulsive sexual behavior is the root of their problems, and even when they do, it is often very uncomfortable for people to talk in detail about their sex lives. Furthermore, many professional counselors are not fully at ease asking the kind of probing questions about sex that are necessary in order to diagnose and treat sexual addiction.

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Underage Drinking and Peer Influence

Posted on September 20, 2016 in Teen Drinking

What Influences Teen Drinking?

A teen’s decision to participate in illegal, underage drinking is not a simple one, although it may seem like it at the time. There are several factors that go into making that choice, including family history, academic pressure, learned coping strategies, peers and friends, and what parents say and do. Hispanic youth have the added factor of bicultural stress informing the choice to drink or not, but all teens share many of the same life experiences. One of the most important of these is the group of young people they see and associate with every day. New research tells us that friends are important when it comes to the decision to drink.

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