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Category: Abuse, Addiction, Physiological

Mixing drugs and alcohol is always a recipe for disaster, but one combination, in particular, is especially dangerous: benzos and alcohol. Here’s a closer look at these two substances, along with why using them together can lead to life-threatening results. Dangerous Effects… People often drink alcohol as a way to socialize, relax, and/or celebrate; however,…

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Category: Abuse, Addiction, Blog, Brain

The most recent data is in from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and it’s not good news for Missouri residents. Not only have synthetic opioid overdose deaths undergone a significant increase in recent years, but the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Missouri exceed the national average. Here’s a closer look at the…

Awareness initiatives focused on educating the public about the dangers of excessive drinking are important; however, recent research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows that there is more work to be done. Here’s a closer look at data revealed by the article, “Trends in Alcohol-Related Emergency Department Visits in the United…

Attitudes toward gays and lesbians are changing for the better, according to the Center for Global Development; however, “coming out” is still accompanied by a host of challenges for many people. For members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community struggling with substance abuse, these issues are often amplified. Here is a closer look at the…

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Category: Recovery, Sobriety

This blog often discusses the importance of stable, drug-free environments for people following substance abuse treatment; however, not all recovering addicts will find this waiting for them back at home. Enter sober living homes. For many people, these drug- and alcohol-free living spaces offer the support they need to stay on track while transitioning back…

The benefits of mindfulness meditation are becoming increasingly well known. Proposes the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: “Now used in multiple clinical interventions and cognitive therapy programs, mindfulness meditation may be able to reduce stress and depression, treat binge eating and other eating disorders, and contribute to greater cell longevity. Whether practiced daily or intermittently, mindfulness…

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Category: Addiction, Psychological, Recovery

Approximately one out of three depressed people also suffer from some form of substance abuse or dependence, according to Mental Health America. While dealing with depression is never easy, it is further complicated by the co-occurrence of addiction. The good news is that proper treatment for both issues can help people overcome these challenges and recover…

Research conclusively indicates that LGBT community members are at an increased risk for substance abuse and mental health issues. Unfortunately, they may also face more obstacles when it comes to getting treatment. One factor, in particular, that can stand in the way of LGBT addicts and recovery is money. Here’s a closer look at the reasons…

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Category: Blog, Psychological, Recovery

Recovering from addiction is an intensive process for which there is no easy solution; however, certain things do facilitate recovery, including medication, behavioral counseling, treatment for co-occurring mental health issues, and long-term follow-ups aimed at relapse prevention. While strong support networks have also been associated with recovery, a growing body of evidence points to the…

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Category: Addiction, Psychological, Recovery

The life of a recovering addict is filled with a multitude of emotions. While some of them, such as gratitude and excitement for the future, are positive, others are negative and can fester is left unresolved. One of the most detrimental (and common) emotions experienced by many recovering addicts is shame. Here’s a closer look…