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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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It’s Time to Get Well – Grace for Addicts in the Church

– Terry Ellis Addiction. It is a heavy, loaded, and often frightening word. About 24 million people in the United States are addicted to drugs and alcohol,* That’s about 10% of all Americans over the age of 12. Yet, in my 35 years of being a pastor, I can count on the fingers of one…

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Why Choose Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center for Treatment?

Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center is a longstanding fixture in the Southeast U.S. recovery community and beyond. For over 25 years, we have welcomed clients from all over the nation and the world to our beautiful Rayville residential campus and our six Louisiana outpatient centers. Through consistent service, high-quality treatment, and outstanding patient outcomes, we have…

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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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Alumni Testimonial: My Hazy Shade of Winter at Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center

Alumni Testimonial: My Hazy Shade of Winter at Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center   Before I got to Palmetto in December of 2013, I’d wanted help for months, but couldn’t seem to administer it myself. I would down bottle after bottle of MD 20/20, wondering when in the world this whole alcoholism thing was going to…

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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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Heroin: A Deadly Resurgence

– J. David Hammond, MD   Philip Seymour Hoffman. Another talented young man whose battle with addiction ended his life all too soon. Whenever a public figure or celebrity dies in a public way from addiction, the media turns its attention once again to the subject of substance abuse. Articles are written, reports are filed,…

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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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