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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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Importance of Exercise and Alcohol Recovery

Researchers are interested in and are beginning to understand why physical activity is associated with addiction recovery. In the broadest terms, we know that exercise is good for our bodies and that our brains are part of those bodies. So it makes sense that exercise would positively affect a brain condition like addiction. Whatever the …

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Drugs and Teeth: Why Your Mouth Matters

Drugs and Oral Health: Looking at the Impact of Substance Abuse Bad teeth from drugs may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of substance abuse. It’s more important than many people realize, though, because poor dental health can contribute to poor overall health. When there are problems with your …

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Addiction Treatment and the Great Outdoors

Addiction Treatment and The Great Outdoors: Finding Healing in Nature Most of us know from experience that getting into the great outdoors can lift our mood and help us feel better physically and mentally. Research proves that our instincts are right and that getting outside is good for us. For people with addiction issues, both …

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Effects of Alcohol on Gut Health

The importance of gut health is hard to overstate. Most of us are familiar with the bloating, burning, nausea and general discomfort that can come from stomach issues. But what about the effects of alcohol on gut health? There’s much more to the story, though. The food we eat that keeps us functioning is broken …

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Your Parent and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse may look different in a middle-aged or senior adult than it does in a teenager. There are physical and psychological signs, and some may be mistaken for symptoms related to aging. Here are some things to look for: Drinking frequently or in large amounts is one of the most obvious signs of a …

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“Is Drug Use Aging Me?” The Effects of Drug Use

You may be wondering, “Is Drug Use Aging Me?” When considering what causes accelerated aging, it’s important not to overlook drug use. At its most basic, aging is simply the process of getting older. Wisdom and perspective can come with age, but so does physical decline. As the days, weeks and years pass, our bodies …

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