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How Social Media Fuels Addictive Behavior: Research Shows Connection to Substance Abuse

A new study suggests that excessive social media use mimic clinical addiction, driving thought patterns that mirror substance abuse.   Most of us don’t think twice about the time we spend on social media. Whether scrolling through Instagram or catching up on Facebook, social media is how we stay connected to friends, read our news, … Continued

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Unsafe in Any Flavor: What Parents Need to Know About Vaping

Is vaping safer than smoking? Are there hidden health risks? As vaping has gone mainstream, many parents still have questions. Here are answers.   A decade ago, someone puffing a strange-looking pen, trailed by a plume of odorless “smoke,” might have raised some eyebrows. Today, most people wouldn’t look twice. With 1 in 12 Americans … Continued

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7 Tips to Deal with Holiday Depression

Feeling the winter blues? Here are simple tips to deal with holiday depression.   The holidays might be the season of joy, but for many, the “most wonderful time of the year” can also bring on the blues. A number of factors can trigger holiday depression, from financial worries to family stress. Even subtle changes … Continued

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Is Addiction a Disease? The Science Behind Addictive Behaviors

Why is it so hard to quit using addictive drugs? Science has the answer, and it has nothing to do with willpower. Although once hotly debated, science has confirmed what medical professionals have suspected for years: addiction is a disease. Those who suffer from addiction don’t lack willpower, and they aren’t morally flawed. We now … Continued

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Proud to Be Trusted: Why Licensing Matters When You Choose a Drug Treatment Center

Finding a drug treatment center you trust is important. Here’s why licensing matters.   Seeking professional treatment for addiction takes courage. Not only does the decision require a personal commitment to change, but it also takes trust in your drug treatment center to guide your recovery. When you invest in your recovery, both emotionally and … Continued

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5 Alcohol Addiction Statistics to Give You Hope

If you’re concerned about a problem with drugs or alcohol, statistics don’t always provide comfort. But sometimes, the numbers are on your side. These five alcohol addiction statistics offer reason for hope: 1. For Every Year in Recovery, Your Chances of Lifelong Sobriety Increase  If you or a loved one is considering alcohol addiction treatment, … Continued

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Pain Awareness Month

September Is Pain Awareness Month

Chronic pain affects more people than you might think. Pain Awareness Month raises awareness for this important issue.   For those who suffer from chronic pain, daily life can be a struggle. Consistent pain can disrupt concentration, interfere with sleep, and even lead to depression and anxiety. To complicate matters, many of the prescription medications … Continued

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September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month increases awareness of drug & alcohol addiction. Here’s what to know.   According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 25 million Americans, or about 9.5 percent of the population, used an illicit drug in the past month. Sadly, as this number continues to grow, drug abuse and addiction are increasingly … Continued

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Recovery and Relationships: How to Talk About Your Addiction

Starting a new relationship in recovery can be difficult. These tips can make it easier.   Starting a new relationship can be difficult. There’s a lot to learn about one another, and it’s important that priorities and values align. With recovery and relationships, things become even more complicated. Talking about the past can be difficult, … Continued

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