Overcoming An Addiction

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Addiction is the compulsive, chronic, physiological, psychological need for a habit. This can be a substance, behavior, or activity and involves harmful consequences. Addiction can lead to mental health issues and social trauma. Making the decision to overcome addiction and getting out of that vicious circle is the first step towards the road to recovery. […]

Is Addiction a Disease?

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  To most medical professionals, the inquiry as to whether addiction is a disease is a simple one with an obvious answer. The medical response would be, of course, addiction is a disease. A disease of behavioral, psychological, environmental, biological, and genetic factors. This cannot be denied as what the individual is experiencing is clearly […]

When Should I Go to Rehab

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  One of the most challenging aspects of treating an addiction is being able to identify it in the first place. How do we know exactly when an addiction is present and, if it is suspected, when do we seek treatment for it? At first thought it may be hard to imagine that someone wouldn’t […]

Is Addiction a Disability?

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  Substance abuse disorder, whether it is alcohol use disorder or opioid use disorder, is a complicated and dangerous diagnosis that can wreak havoc on an individual’s physical health, personal life, and professional life. Addiction can occur due to a multitude of factors, including genetics and environmental traits. The decision to take the first drink […]

World Sleep Day: Dangers of Sleeping Pills

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  World Sleep Day, March 19th, is an annual awareness day designed to educate the general public on the importance of good sleep hygiene and other relevant issues related to sleep, such as medicine, social aspects, driving while fatigued, sleeping pill addiction, and education. Adults are encouraged to have an average of 8-10 uninterrupted hours […]

The Dangers of “Mommy Needs Wine”

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Mothers are constantly bombarded by messages that booze, a more than $252-billion-dollar industry in the U.S., is indispensable to our survival as parents. Mommy needs wine to get through the day. Or do we? It’s time to change the narrative around parenthood and alcohol as the “mommy needs wine” culture is growing larger by the […]

Celebrating the New Year in Sobriety

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As 2020 comes to an end, and as we gear up to enter 2021, many of us are left feeling confused, empty, stressed, and exhausted as this year has been one of the most challenging years in current history. The global pandemic has taken too many lives and livelihoods to count. Many of us no […]

Addiction Recovery During the Holidays

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This holiday season is especially unprecedented as we navigate through a global pandemic. This pandemic has taken lives and livelihoods and has severely damaged the economy while testing everyone’s mental health and sobriety. Addiction recovery during the holidays can be especially challenging as holiday parties and alcohol often surround us and this holiday season is […]

Holidays in Recovery

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The holidays should be a time for gathering, celebrating, expressing gratitude, and reflecting. Still, they often bring stress and worry, especially to those struggling with underlying issues such as substance abuse. The first year of sobriety, especially during the holiday season, can be a sea of ups and downs. Emotions can range from gratefulness and […]

Veterans Day and PTSD: Mental Health Spotlight

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Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, is a day dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have served in the military to protect our country and our people. This historic, patriotic day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of World War I. These heroic […]