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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 »

What You Can Expect Early in Addiction Recovery

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Everyone’s experience of addiction recovery is a little different. Your age, where you are in life, what drugs you used, how long you used them, your family situation, your health, and many other factors will make your experience different from everyone else’s. However, many going through recovery experience the same effects during the early stages.… Read On »

Parental Toxic Enabling of Adult Children

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Stephen R. Honaker, LMHC, QS, Family Counselor, Headwaters at Origins I was recently speaking with a former patient, who is a first-time father to a nine-month-old daughter, about the strength of parental love. As the conversation progressed, I described to him in some detail the birth of my daughter (who is now thirteen years old)… Read On »

The 4 Most Dangerous Prescription Drugs

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There’s an old saying that the difference between medicine and poison is the dose. That’s more true now than ever. Many people make the mistake of believing that if a drug is prescribed by a doctor, it must be safe. While drugs prescribed by a doctor are typically safe when taken as directed, they are… Read On »