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What Are the Signs of Depression?

Depression is a severe mental condition that won’t get better by itself—it needs professional attention. Although prevalent in US society, depression doesn’t receive much media attention than cancer, addiction, or COVID-19. However, a survey by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that an estimated 17.3 million people in the US experience…

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How to Help an Alcoholic

If you have never dealt with addiction in the past, then you may not know how to help an alcoholic. Furthermore, you may not know the signs of alcoholism or how to stage an intervention. Therefore, although you have a desire to help the alcoholic, you may experience helplessness and despair. However, help is available…

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The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need to Know

The opioid epidemic continues to skyrocket each year, as more Americans experience the negative side effects of prescription medication. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose each day. Sadly, there is no indication that the epidemic is slowing down or reversing. Opioid addiction treatment…

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Alcohol is a Drug

Alcohol is a drug and is classified as a depressant. As such, it slows down functions in the central nervous system (CNS) and other organs in the body. As a result, a person’s motor skills or cognitive function may be impaired. For this reason, alcohol is often discussed in the same manner as illicit drugs…

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Addiction is a Disease

Like most diseases, addiction is destructive. It can damage areas of the brain that control memory, judgment, learning, motivation, or rewards. Also, it can cause severe terminal damage to various organs and systems throughout the body. And, like any other disease, addiction can disrupt families, finances, jobs, and personal life. Addiction is a disease that…

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How To Address Your Loved Ones’ Alcoholic Problems

Have you ever tried to address alcoholic problems with a friend or family member? You might have felt resistance or defensiveness from your loved one. The idea that you can’t help people who won’t help themselves is not true. The right approach can encourage someone with alcoholic problems to seek treatment and support. Your Feelings…

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Preparing For Rehab

The first step of alcohol or drug addiction treatment is finding the right treatment facility. After settling on one of your choices, you need to prepare for rehab. Most people do not know what to expect when joining rehab. They tend to worry about leaving their family obligations, careers, and other obligations behind. There is…

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Do I Need Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Are you wondering “do I need dual diagnosis treatment?” First, one needs to know what dual diagnosis entails. Most people with a substance abuse disorder also have behavioral or mental health disorders. The overlapping of these conditions is dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis treatment involves addressing both disorders. If your doctor diagnoses you with both disorders,…