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How to Work Step Three

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over the care of God as we understood him. Recovering addicts who’ve achieved lasting sobriety, no matter their addiction – alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling, eating, sex, or anything else – will nearly always state unequivocally that the key to their recovery has been working the …

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Cell Phone Addiction Similar to Compulsive Shopping and Other Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral addictions may not receive the same respect that substance abuse does, but they are still cause for concern. Addiction to substances, such as alcohol and drugs, is a recognized mental disorder and physiological disease. Using mind-altering substances inappropriately can lead to addiction because they change aspects of the user’s brain, which leads to tolerance, …

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Celiac Disease Linked to Depression, Eating Disorders

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that occurs when the body can’t properly process a grain protein called gluten. People affected by the disorder develop damage in their small intestines and lose some of their ability to absorb the nutrients in their food. Current evidence indicates that people with celiac disease have increased risks for …

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Addiction: Behavioral Health Issue, Mental Health Disorder or Something Else?

Decades of scientific research have made clear that addiction is not a moral failing, a character flaw or a sign of weakness, but rather a chronic brain disease. Still, it typically falls under the umbrella of behavioral health. Some suggest that this classification is contributing to the stigma surrounding addiction. Is “behavioral health” a stigmatizing …

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Mental Health Problems Peak in Winter, Internet Study Finds

The Internet has changed life in many ways. People can now communicate through email, social media and chat rooms, and with or without video. Online shopping is causing malls across the United States to reevaluate their strategies to compete with the convenience and price on the Internet.

Depression in Elderly Can Lead to Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known form of dementia characterized by the progressive, irrevocable loss of memory and other basic brain functions. According to the National Institute on Aging, more people develop this disease than any other type of dementia. Many mental health professionals view the presence of diagnosable depression as an early dementia symptom when …

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How to Work Step Two

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Most addicts, no matter their addiction (alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, shopping, etc.) find that they key to lasting sobriety is working the twelve steps of recovery. As discussed in this space a few weeks ago, step one explores the depth and …

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