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The 5 Most Common Addictions in America

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America’s opioid crisis gets a lot of attention, as it should. The rate of fatal overdoses involving opioids has been increasing exponentially in recent years, reaching nearly 50,000 in 2017 according to the CDC. More than two million Americans are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. And the scope of misuse… Read On »

4 Behaviors that Could Be Hurting More than Helping

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We all want to support our friends and loved ones, especially when they are facing major challenges such as battling a substance use disorder. We often feel that if we can help them past a difficult time, things will get better. However, when dealing with substance use disorders, behaviors that are typically helpful and supportive… Read On »

How to Adopt the Diet that Fights Depression

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More and more studies are finding that the “Mediterranean diet” significantly reduces the symptoms of depression. One recent meta-analysis of more than 40 studies of diet and depression found that people who followed the Mediterranean diet were 33 percent less likely to suffer from depression. On the other hand, people who ate a diet high… Read On »

11 Signs of Emotional Abuse

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We all know physical abuse is bad. Hitting, pinching, pushing, restraining, or otherwise hurting someone physically to get what you want is never ok. In addition to being physically harmful and sometimes fatal, physical abuse increases someone’s risk of depression, anxiety, and addiction. Emotional abuse is often harder to recognize. It doesn’t leave physical marks,… Read On »

What Not to Say to Someone with an Anxiety Disorder

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We all want to support our friends and family members who suffer from anxiety disorders, but there are many misconceptions about anxiety disorders and mental illness in general. Oftentimes, you might mean well but ultimately end up doing harm, which can make your loved one frustrated, alienated, or reluctant to ask for help. If you… Read On »

What is Spirituality?

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer When I would ask that question ten years ago, most people would respond by describing religion. Today, my experience is that there is a more common perception that spirituality and religion are two different things.  However, when I ask people now to describe the difference… Read On »

5 Myths About Anxiety Disorders

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People have a lot of inaccurate ideas about anxiety disorders. These misconceptions can lead to counterproductive ways of coping, increased stigma, and reluctance to get help. The following are some common misconceptions about anxiety disorders and why they’re wrong. Anxiety disorders aren’t common. Anxiety disorders are actually extremely common. Nearly 20 percent of American adults… Read On »

Tramadol: A Drug to Avoid in Recovery

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By Medical Director, Dr. Adam Bianchini, MD   As the opiate crisis rages on, the pharmaceutical industry races to find answers and safer alternatives to addicting chemicals. One such past innovation has been the medication, Tramadol, arriving in USA in 1995 by a German Pharmaceutical company, after its introduction in Europe in 1977.   Although advertised… Read On »

How Deep Breathing Banishes Anxiety

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Fortunately, most of us rarely have to think about our breathing. It just happens in the background. However, if you do think about it, you may suddenly realize you need to take a deep breath, after which, you may find you feel a little better. Although we rarely think about it, breathing is connected to… Read On »

4 Beliefs that Contribute to Addiction

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Addiction is often characterized as irrational and compulsive behavior related to a particular substance or habit. The substance is so compelling that, given the opportunity, a person with a substance use disorder can’t help using. This helps to explain why many people with substance use disorders are aware of the damage their addiction causes but… Read On »