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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Sexting and Cyberbullying

Posted on August 29, 2016 in Teen Mental Health

Teen Sexting, Cyberbullying Put Parents on Edge

Go back five years and few people could even define the term “sexting.” Now sexting is entrenched in both the conversation and habits of many people who find it both fun and stimulating. According to Pew Research, sexting is growing rapidly among couples and singles. The number of young people ages 18 to 24 who report receiving sexts increased from 26% in 2012 to 44% in 2014. Sophisticated technology found in smartphones makes snapping photos —and sending, receiving and resending them — extremely easy.

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Cheating and Affairs

Posted on August 15, 2016 in Relationships

The Spider Woman and Her Pursuit of the Revenge Affair

There are several types of people who cheat. When it comes to the spider woman, infidelity is a dangerous game. She is no innocent cheater who falls into an affair by accident. She doesn’t unintentionally develop an emotional bond to a coworker that goes too far or reconnect with an ex and discover old feelings. The spider woman is intentional. She wants revenge and she wants to hurt someone. Watch out for this kind of cheater and stay out of her web.

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