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PTSD | Risk of Addiction

PTSD | Risk of Addiction

People experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) have an extremely high risk of developing an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol because of their tendency to self-medicate their symptoms. Many people do not even realize they are experiencing PTSD,...

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Counterfeit Drugs | Epidemic

Counterfeit Drugs | Epidemic

There is an epidemic currently sweeping our nation that is heavily impacting our youth, counterfeit drugs resulting in fentanyl overdoses. Unfortunately, it is a fact that many teenagers will experiment with drugs for a variety of reasons, including peer...

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Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month

Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of Americans live with a mental illness, that is why May has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month. It is important to raise awareness about mental health by educating the public, fighting the stigma, and advocating for policies that support...

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Women’s Drinking | An Epidemic Inside a Pandemic

Women’s Drinking | An Epidemic Inside a Pandemic

Inside this global pandemic we are seeing an epidemic emerge, alcohol and drug abuse. The numbers of people turning to alcohol to escape the stress of the pandemic are alarming, even more so among women. According to a Rand Research Corporation study,...

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12 Steps of Recovery Program

12 Steps of Recovery Program

Most people have heard of the 12 Steps of Recovery that began with Alcoholics Anonymous and its founder Bill Wilson with his physician Dr. Bob Smith. The 12 Steps have been adapted by many other self-help and addiction recovery groups since it began in 1939,...

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Understanding Addictive Behavior

Understanding Addictive Behavior

In 2017, over 20 million Americans sought help for substance use disorder; since the pandemic, those addiction numbers have climbed. Understanding addictive behavior is an important step to recovering from addiction. Addiction is defined as a treatable,...

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Staying Connected | COVID-19

Staying Connected | COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have found it difficult to stay connected with their behavioral health services and substance abuse treatment programs. For those who struggle with substance abuse, it is more important than ever during this...

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The Importance of Adolescent/Teen Programs

The Importance of Adolescent/Teen Programs

Over 50% of all mental health conditions begin by age 14, although most cases remain undetected and untreated. If left untreated, those mental health conditions will continue into adulthood and cause physical as well as mental impairments and limit their...

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One with Nature

One with Nature

Anyone who has ever taken a walk through the woods, or on a beach, or even through the park, knows the feeling of relaxation that overcomes them. Many may not know, however, that there is a significant positive impact on mental health with exposure to...

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Mommies in Recovery

Mommies in Recovery

People who are beginning to come to terms with their addiction are also facing cultural stigmas related to addiction, such as laziness, lack of morals, no self-control, no willpower, etc. Mothers struggling with substance abuse and alcoholism have additional...

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Volunteering: A Sense of Belonging During Recovery

Volunteering: A Sense of Belonging During Recovery

Recovering from substance abuse is a lifelong commitment and involves re-discovering your purpose in life. You will need to make active changes to maintain sobriety, including changing your lifestyle habits and your social network. Once you have achieved a...

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Meeting the Challenges of a 2020 Christmas

Meeting the Challenges of a 2020 Christmas

Christmas this year will be much more challenging than average, especially for those dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues. Throughout the pandemic, many celebrations have been cancelled this year, graduations, weddings, and holidays included....

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