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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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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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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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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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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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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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23
Dec

Replacing Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms in 2021

2021 is almost here, and most people are ready to say goodbye to 2020. The pandemic has meant unpredictable job losses, mental health concerns due to isolation, and a whole host of new stress factors. And while everyone has (more or less) learned how to get by at this point, you do not want to...
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11
Dec

Mental Health Statistics: Mental Illness in 2020

The end of 2020 is right around the corner, which means that we have a better understanding of this year’s mental health statistics. And that’s important, because 2020 brought a lot of new challenges that many of us were unsure how to face. New mental health statistics from 2020 show that more and more people...
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07
Feb

Alcohol and Depression: What’s the Connection?

The link between dependency on alcohol and depression is undeniable. Statistics indicate that anywhere between 30-50 percent of people with alcohol dependency also suffer from depression. Likewise, about one third of people with major depression also have a co-occurring substance use disorder. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.2 million U.S....
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25
Jan

The Hidden Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

The presence of addiction can be deceptively subtle. This is especially true in the signs of prescription drug abuse. If you suspect that you or a loved one are suffering from a substance use disorder, please view this page to learn more about the common symptoms in this type of addiction. Symptoms and Signs of...
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