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Hair Follicle Test

Hair Follicle Test FAQ: How it Works, What to Expect

What is the hair follicle test? A hair follicle test is a method for determining whether a person has recently used illicit drugs — or in some cases, misused prescription drugs. It involves cutting approximately 100 strands of hair as close to the scalp as possible, then testing for markers associated with a particular substance.  … Continued

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Life During COVID-19

Processing Life During COVID-19: An Interview with Dr. Andrew Mendonsa

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has affected lives across the world. Thousands have also experienced the mental and emotional toll of social isolation, lost income, worry for loved ones, and fear of uncertainty. In this light, mental health resources are an important part of the battle — especially when we think long-term.  … Continued

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Natural remedies for anxiety

7 Natural Remedies for Anxiety

As the world faces uncertainty, anxiety has become its most common mental health issue. More than 40 million adults suffer from depression and anxiety-related mental illnesses, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the number seems to grow every year. Thankfully, there are many ways to address anxiety. In addition to professional … Continued

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CORONA-19 and mental health

How to Avoid Letting COVID-19 Anxiety Affect Your Mental Health and Recovery

Knowledge is power, but not all headlines are created equal. Use these tips to protect your mental health.   Last week, many people had never heard of COVID-19. Today, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus seems to command every news headline and social media post — but that doesn’t mean COVID-19 anxiety should command … Continued

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Depression and Addiction: What’s the Link?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 50% of people who develop an SUD will experience mental health issues at some point in their lives. Likewise, 50% of people who start with a mental health issue will go on to develop a substance abuse disorder. But what’s the link between depression and … Continued

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Vyvanse vs Adderall

Vyvanse vs Adderall: What’s the Difference?

What Do Vyvanse and Adderall Have in Common? Both Vyvanse and Adderall are central nervous system stimulants, which means they speed up mental and physical processes to improve attention and alertness. Both also contain amphetamines. Used as prescribed, these drugs are safe and effective at managing symptoms of ADHD, but unfortunately, both are also prone … Continued

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Partial Hospitalization Program

Is a Partial Hospitalization Program Right for You?

Although popular, inpatient and outpatient programs aren’t the only options for addiction treatment. Here’s why some people prefer partial care.   When it comes to addiction treatment, there are a surprising number of options. Many people need the intensive medical attention of inpatient programs, while others thrive in flexible outpatient programs. For those who need … Continued

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STUDY: Movement May Reduce Teen Depression

Even moderate activity, like walking or caring for a pet, can have an impact.   Physical exercise has long been associated with improved mental health in adolescents, but teens don’t have to hit the gym or join the basketball team to see the benefits, new research says. A study published this month in The Lancet psychiatry … Continued

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LGBTQ Addiction Resources

The LGBTQ Community and Addiction: A Guide for Friends & Family

What It Means to Be LGBTQ The LGBTQ+ community encompasses a diverse group of people whose sexualities or gender identities fall outside cultural norms. Although the acronym refers to people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning their sexuality, many people do not fit neatly into a single category — and … Continued

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