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fear vs anxiety
21
Oct

Fear vs Anxiety: Understanding the Difference

Fear and anxiety often occur together, but these terms are not interchangeable. Fear is an intense biological response to immediate danger, while anxiety is an emotion regarding things we think may happen. Anxious and frightening emotions can feel the same and be easily confused, but when comparing fear vs anxiety, there are several important differences...
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Mental Health Check
22
Sep

Mental Health Check: Do You Need One?

The last 18 months have been a stressful time for all of us, especially residents of Louisiana. 2020 and 2021 have brought a host of new challenges that many of us were unsure how to face. With the COVID-19 pandemic surging, and in the wake of Hurricane Ida, more and more people are struggling with...
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Tina drug - crystal meth abuse
22
Jul

Tina Drug Abuse: Louisiana Methamphetamine Recovery

Methamphetamine abuse is on the rise in Louisiana, but you may hear it called by street names for meth, especially among younger crowds. Other names for meth include chalk, crank, speed, and the “Tina” drug, and methamphetamine addiction is becoming a larger problem across Louisiana, particularly among ravers. Today, we’re going to tell you what...
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addictive personality traits
01
Jul

Addictive Personality Traits: Can They Predict Addiction?

Your personality is unique to you—it makes you who you are and illustrates your passions, likes, and dislikes. But did you know that your personality could also leave you at risk for developing addictive qualities? These characteristics are known as addictive personality traits, which we will examine in closer detail below. But how reliable are...
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addiction recovery
17
Jun

The Stages of Addiction and How to Break the Cycle

There is a popular misconception that there is a thin line between “casual substance use” and “alcohol or drug addiction.” However, the truth is that there are stages of addiction, and progressing through them is how addiction develops. The good news is that if you can identify that you’re in an early stage of substance...
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alcohol vitamin deficiency
20
May

Do You Have Alcohol Vitamin Deficiency? Signs and Symptoms

Having a beer or cocktail with a healthy dinner might give you the illusion that you are doing everything you need to do to keep your body running smoothly. However, frequent alcohol consumption can actually prevent you from receiving the benefits of vitamins and nutrients. This problem is called alcohol vitamin deficiency. Understanding alcohol vitamin...
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mental health trigger
06
May

Identifying Emotional Triggers and What They Mean

Have you ever had an instance where you are in a great mood until you encounter something—or someone—that makes you react emotionally? Perhaps it is a reminder of a traumatic event that happened in the past, or maybe it is an object that makes you feel irrationally upset. These are called emotional triggers, and they...
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women and alcohol
22
Apr

Women and Alcohol: How Alcohol Abuse Affects Women Differently

Did you know that, on average, women face increased risks from drinking alcohol? Some of the factors are biological, but many of the reasons for the difficult relationship between women and alcohol are social. Certain pressures can contribute to stress, which can drive women to drink if they lack healthier coping strategies. And while this...
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Louisiana intervention
08
Apr

How to Hold a Mental Health Intervention That Works

Watching someone you care about struggle with an untreated mental illness can be hard, especially if they don’t see a problem. While nobody is sure of how to prevent mental illness, there are several different types of interventions that can help an individual in a mental health crisis. Today, we’re going to look at some...
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Is addiction a disease
11
Mar

Is Addiction a Disease? Mental and Physical Connections

Whether you suspect that you have a substance use disorder or you know someone who does, addiction usually brings out complicated feelings. On the one hand, there’s a temptation to blame people with addictions for making poor choices. But on the other hand, there’s a lot of debate about the nature of addiction, and it...
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