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Addiction, Mental Health and Your Brain

There’s often more to addiction treatment than just treating addiction. Addiction frequently co-occurs with one or more mental health conditions, and treating them together in a coordinated and integrated way, leads to the best outcomes.Sometimes multiple conditions arise independently, but they’re often connected. There are different ways that substance use disorders and other disorders of …

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The Effects of Drugs on Oral Health

It’s no secret that drugs can have a significant impact on your health—both mental and physical. But did you know that they can also take a toll on your oral health? Drug use, legal and illegal, can lead to a number of dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.If you or …

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Is Drug Use Aging Me?

It’s a common misconception that drug use only affects young people. However, drug use can have severe consequences for people of all ages. Drug use can lead to physical and mental health problems, and it can also impact your appearance. So, if you’re wondering whether drug use is aging you, the short answer is yes. …

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Top 7 Do’s and Don’ts of Addiction Recovery

Breaking an addiction and beginning a recovery journey often feels isolating, confusing, and intimidating. There are many things to work on and improve while navigating a sea of triggers and new relationships. However, there are a few things that everyone struggling with an addiction can keep in mind when beginning their recovery journey.Addiction recovery in …

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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). Picture it: Opening …

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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 addiction and …

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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 addiction, substance …

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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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Addiction Treatment and the Great Outdoors

Addiction Treatment and The Great Outdoors: Finding Healing in NatureMost 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 addiction …

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