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6 Mental Health Symptoms One Shouldn’t Ignore

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Imagine sitting in rush-hour traffic and suddenly feeling an overwhelming desire to take off your seat belt and open a window or door. Or sitting with coworkers at lunch when a sense of panic takes over and drives you away from the table. The next move becomes a critical one, and for some people with… Read On »

Five Days to Opioid Addiction Five Days to Opioid Addiction: The Process and Recovery from Opioid Addiction

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  Opioid Addiction in 5 Days: Process and Recovery The term “opioid addiction” or “opioid use disorder” refers to when individuals are unable to stop the use of the opioid after the prescribed amount of time by a medical professional. In most cases, opioids are prescribed to treat high levels of pain that occur after… Read On »

Benzodiazepines: The FDA Finally Took a Step

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Terry Shapiro, MS, CAC – Vice President and Executive Director of Hanley Center and Florida Programs When you get to be my age, the question starts to be asked a little more frequently: “What are you going to do when you retire?” Since my dream of becoming a major league baseball player is probably out… Read On »

Substance Use Disorders and Suicide

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In 2018, over 48,000 people committed suicide, making it a leading cause of death with incidences more than doubling the number of homicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 34, and the fourth leading cause of… Read On »

Quandary in a Conundrum: Addiction and ADHD

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By Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP – Chief Clinical Officer  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and addiction may have a cozier relationship than many realize, at least according to much of the scientific literature. Recent studies have presented estimates that the prevalence of ADHD in adults with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) might be around… Read On »

Stimulant Drugs: An Intensive Guide

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In the age of the opioid epidemic which focuses heavily on depressant drugs (which slow the systems of the brain and body) it can be easy to forget about stimulant drugs and stimulant drug addiction, which is still an ongoing crisis around the world. What Are Stimulant Drugs Stimulant drugs are any kind of drug… Read On »

Recognizing Addiction During A National Pandemic  

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Alcoholism, drug addiction, and substance use disorders lead to – and flourish in – isolation and secrecy. But, as people with addiction are forced to quarantine with their loved one, signs of substance use that may have been hidden from view come to the forefront. Substance use is often the central organizing principle of a person’s life,… Read On »

Seniors, Addiction, and Alcoholism

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No matter what stage of life you are in, addiction can take hold. For many seniors, significant life changes such as the loss of a loved one, illness, or chronic pain can send a person spiraling into unhealthy behaviors and substance use. Learn more about addiction and seniors below. Why Older Adults Turn to Self-Medicating … Read On »

Codependency: Understanding Codependent Behaviors 

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What Is Codependency? Some regard codependency as a disorder or a disease, an ailment of the mind, body, and spirit, much in the same fashion as addiction. For people who are living with codependency, the addiction is primarily to people and relationships with people. However, the way that their codependency manifests can be extremely different. … Read On »

The Devastating Effects Of Shame And Stigma

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Shame and stigma surrounding mental illness remains prevalent worldwide. The effects of shame and stigma are devastating, can prevent treatment, and change the way we see people who are in desperate need of healing. Stigma Is A Misunderstanding Of Addiction And Mental Illness ASAM, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, emphasizes that we must recognize… Read On »