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Seasonal‌ ‌Affective‌ ‌Disorder‌

The DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) describes depression this way: “The essential feature of a Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks during which there is either depressed mood or the loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities.”  Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs in climates where there…

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Dealing with Loneliness in Addiction Recovery

Recovery is a life-long journey that often includes changing attitudes, behaviors, and even environment. Even with a robust support network, the internal work can lead many people to feel like they are facing the challenges of recovery alone. Feelings of loneliness during addiction recovery are not uncommon – but simply knowing that fact doesn’t make…

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Understanding Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine use has skyrocketed over the past decade, and risky use patterns and increasing diversity in the population using methamphetamine suggests that it will continue to grow. These trends have also produced growth in the number of people dying from overdose and developing addictions to methamphetamine. With all of methamphetamine’s harmful effects, why do people…

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What is the Purpose of an Intervention?

If you have a friend or loved one experiencing active addiction, you may have thought more than once about organizing an intervention. But “interventions” have been sensationalized on dramatic television programs and through other media. Sometimes, in the desperation that often accompanies loving someone who is experiencing active addiction, it can seem attractive to hold…

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How Can We Prevent Drug Abuse Among Youth?

Every parent wants their children to grow up healthy and happy. It’s no surprise that many parents worry about drug abuse among youth – both their own children and their peers. Preventing drug use isn’t just an issue for parents; healthy and happy youth are a crucial component of a healthy community. Here, we’ll take…

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How Long Does It Take for Brain Chemistry to Return to Normal?

Medical professionals and scientists continue to study the effects of addiction and substance use on the brain. One thing is certain: substance use (and especially prolonged substance use) can fundamentally change your brain chemistry. Some substances can significantly alter your brain chemistry in as little as one use, and even seemingly “harmless” substances can have…

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Can you ever be cured of an addiction?

Addiction can disrupt your life and the lives of those around you. Whether you’re struggling with addiction or have started your journey to recovery, addiction can cause feelings of loneliness and desperation. At some point in your recovery – or maybe several points – you may find yourself asking: “Isn’t there a cure?!” Take it…

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7 Tips for Achieving Long Term Recovery

Whether you’re just exploring recovery options for addiction, you’ve just finished an inpatient or intensive outpatient recovery program, or you’ve been in recovery for years, maintaining your sobriety is a lifelong journey. There are no quick fixes or miracle cures for addiction; long term recovery requires patience with yourself and the process. Here are seven…

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what to do if you relapse during the pandemic?

What to Do If You Relapse During the Pandemic?

What to Do If You Relapse During the Pandemic Staying sober during the pandemic has proven to be a challenge as meetings moved online and isolation became the new normal. If you have slipped up on your sobriety, you are not alone, but what you do next matters. Someone who has relapsed may show the…

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