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Together, We Can Fight the Powerful Stigma of Addiction

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Unfortunately, many people in America still believe that addiction is a moral problem or behavioral issue. Across the nation, people with substance use disorders are still viewed as choosing to drink or use. Despite overwhelming evidence that addiction is a brain disease and chronic illness, those in recovery from addiction are demonized not only in… Read On »

The Cycle of Alcoholism and Addiction

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Taking a Drink, Using a Drug It begins when a person has one or two drinks or recreationally uses drugs. Their intention is to moderate or for their use to not get out of control. It’s most often accompanied by a rationale of, “I’m just going to have a couple to unwind.” Phenomenon of Craving… Read On »

Overdose Awareness Day: What You Need To Know

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International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. IOAD aims to raise awareness of drug overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.  The United States accounts for over 25% of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths. The number of overdose deaths in… Read On »

Training Your Brain with the BAUD

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Dr. Frank Lawlis, Ph.D. – Director of Psychological and Neurological Plasticity Programs As more people have read about Psychoneuroplasticity (PNP), there has been a growing interest in the device called the BioAccoustical Utilization Device (BAUD). A brief understanding needs to come about to understand how this instrument works on the brain level. As the name… Read On »

A Quick Guide to Addiction, Recovery and Sleep

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Most who have dealt with a substance use disorder (SUD) or addiction have experienced sleep issues at some point, either while in active addiction or during recovery. Even when they aren’t your system anymore, drugs and alcohol can have a major impact on your body. Facts About Addiction, Recovery And Sleep Sleep problems are common… Read On »

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

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Approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States struggle with co-occurring disorders. If someone has both addiction and a mental health disorder, they are classified as having co-occurring disorders (a.k.a. dual diagnoses). These disorders impact nearly every aspect of an individual’s mental, physical, and spiritual life. Because both disorders impact a person’s well-being, diagnosing both… Read On »

Learning to Sleep Naturally

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  For those who struggle with addiction, “just go to sleep” is as frustrating a statement as “just stop using.” Many have the desire for a full night’s rest, but lack the education and resources on how to accomplish this. In the Psychoneuroplasticity (PNP) sleep program, we offer the tools to turn this pipe dream… Read On »

7 Ways to Share the Love

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When we think of Valentine’s Day, visions of glittered cards and red roses often come to mind. For those without a significant other, this can be an unwelcome image. Though few can debate the delight found in heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, there is far more to love than presents wrapped in red cellophane. True love… Read On »

Suicide in Young Adults: Depression, Addiction Are Primary Contributors

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Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, especially among young people. In the United States, it is the tenth leading cause of death, claiming the lives of more than 44,000 people. According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health, the risk is highest among people aged 18-25.… Read On »

Learn the Facts About Drug Use and Addiction in the United States

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Looking for facts about drug use and addiction in the United States? Check out the information below to learn more. What are illicit drugs?   Illicit drug use includes the use of a wide variety of mind-altering substances. This includes the misuse of prescription drugs or the use of marijuana, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens,… Read On »