Xanax and sleep

Is Using Xanax to Sleep Safe?

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Anxiety and insomnia are among the most common disorders in the country, affecting between 40 and 50 million Americans. Because of the way that the anxiety disorders and sleep disorders can feed into each other, someone being kept awake all night by anxiety attacks, for example, many people will find themselves suffering from both at […]

How Effective is Positive Thinking Against Drug Addiction

How Effective is Positive Thinking Against Drug Addiction?

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Positive thinking is in vogue. With self-help books, motivational speakers, and meditation apps touting the power of positive thinking, you may wonder if there’s something to the “can do” attitude. Does positive thinking really help you when it counts? Learning to think positively may be more important than you might think. Especially when you are […]

Why D.A.R.E. Didn’t Work

Why D.A.R.E. Didn’t Work

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Picture this: It’s the late 90s or mid-2000s. You just finished lunch and are heading back to your 6th-grade classroom. Once you open the door, you see a uniformed police officer standing at the front of the room. Everyone sits down and all eyes are on the officer. The officer then asks the class of […]

12-steps and harm reduction

The 12-Steps and Harm Reduction

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The United States is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis. The number of people addicted to opioids as well as other drugs or alcohol is on a steady incline. Although many people are still in active addiction, there are a number of proven and effective methods available to treat addiction like the 12-step […]

5 TV shows that misrepresent alcohol use

5 TV Shows That Misrepresent Alcohol Use

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Whether at the center of a show’s theme, or a casual prop to set a scene, alcohol plays a role in many TV shows, both old and new. From soap operas and sitcoms to detective series and reality shows, it seems as though alcohol use has become something we expect to see on our screens […]

addicted medical professionals

Addiction Among Health Care Professionals

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Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, addiction treatment specialists, and other health care professionals (HCPs) are entrusted with the care of the people they treat, which includes those who are battling drug or alcohol addiction. But what happens when people in the medical field, who have been charged with the responsibility to take care of others, need help […]

eating disorders and addiction

Feeding the Hunger Within | Eating Disorders and Addiction

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The United States is currently experiencing a crisis regarding the growing opioid epidemic. Substance abuse affects nearly 20.1 million Americans, all ranging in age. The rising numbers of individuals suffering from addiction in the U.S. alone are alarming. What’s more alarming is the number of individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders, specifically eating disorders. The comorbidity […]

drug addiction factors

Does Addiction Have Behavioral Tells in Children?

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Since the mid-twentieth century, when psychoanalysis began to take off, we have been trying to figure out ways to predict behavioral health problems before they occur. For instance, psychiatrist J.M. Macdonald developed a set of three factors in 1963 known as the Macdonald triad that he claimed to indicate whether a child could become a […]

Couples Rehab

7 Reasons Why Couples Rehab Works

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Climbing out of addiction to drugs or alcohol is an incredibly difficult and painful experience. Though on the other side of the battle comes a clean life, worth overcoming every hurdle, this lifelong journey toward sober living is one of the hardest things you will ever do. This is an especially difficult journey with family […]

PTSD and Addiction

How PTSD and Addiction Are Related

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Comorbidity (two diseases occurring at once) is incredibly common with substance abuse. In fact, studies have shown that individuals with mental health disorders were twice as likely to have a substance abuse problem than individuals without such disorders. In that same vein, persons with substance use disorders were also twice as likely to have a […]