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Signs of Depression and How to Treat the Mental Condition

Have you been feeling sad, empty, or hopeless for long periods? Have you completely lost your interest in things or people you used to enjoy? These things can include hobbies, family, and friends. You should be aware that these are possible signs of depression. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression is critical before finding …

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What Is Experiential Therapy?

What is experiential therapy? It is an effective treatment for both mental health concerns and addiction. It involves a range of tools and activities that help you grow beyond your past experiences. Experiential therapy is not only about what happened to you in the past, but also about how you react to it and how …

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Is Alcoholism Hereditary?

Your genetic structure determines a lot of things about you, including your health, physical disposition, psychology, and behavior. As such, your behavioral traits influence your thinking and behavior. Part of your behavior may include your predisposition to abuse drugs or alcohol. So is alcoholism hereditary? While genes alone do not determine if you will become …

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Benefits of a Family Program

Addiction can destroy a family. Family members can argue and fight about how to best address a loved one’s drug or alcohol problem, which can create instability and dysfunction. The impact addiction has on families is why family therapy programs offer so many benefits to those in recovery. Addiction is a deadly disease that can …

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Fun Sober Activities

For those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, learning how to manage day-to-day life while maintaining sobriety can be difficult. Finding fun sober activities is another hard part of recovery, especially when you are new to sobriety and abstinence. However, engaging in sober activities is important for your sobriety and your mental health. Sober …

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Emotional Effects of Alcohol

The emotional effects of alcohol may include feelings of euphoria, relaxation, pleasure, mood swings, depression, anxiety, sadness, and anger. There are several factors that determine how alcohol affects a person’s emotional state. Furthermore, why a person drinks also factors into how they will feel once they consume alcohol. Constant binge drinking often leads to mental …

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Get Moving! Does Physical Exercise Help Depression and Addiction?

Today, we are going to discuss how exercise help depression and addiction. But before we get into all of that, did you ever participate in a talent show as a kid?  Maybe you danced. Maybe you performed magic tricks. Maybe—like me—you wowed the crowd with your lip-sync skills. (If only everyone could be so cool).  …

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How to Deal With Weight Gain After Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery comes with all sorts of losses and gains. Including weight gain after addiction recovery. You may drop unhealthy habits and create rewarding routines, part ways with old friends and make new ones, and trade substance-induced confidence for true self-confidence that only comes from within.  And, yeah, you might unburden yourself from the weight of …

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What Happens in Substance Use Treatment?

My husband and I joke—but in that partially-truthful way—that we’ll watch Breaking Bad with our boys before they become teenagers in hopes of warding off any interest in drugs.  Jesse Pinkman’s character arc alone is enough to do the job.  But what about sobriety? Do movies, books and TV shows offer an honest portrayal of …

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3 Tips For Your Addiction Relapse Prevention

There are a lot of moving parts to addiction relapse prevention. It would be nice to just put yourself on autopilot and cruise through the process, but unfortunately, that’s not the way it works. It does get easier over time as you develop healthy habits, but there are always addiction recovery goals to focus on. …

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