February 2020

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Seven Ways to Help Yourself When You Love an Addict

Loving an addict can feel like you’re on a perpetual rollercoaster of emotions — anger, sadness, hate, love, fear, relief, guilt, disbelief — sometimes experiencing all within mere moments. It’s not surprising that research shows loved ones of addicted individuals suffer from increased stress, depression and poorer overall well-being. As much as our addicted loved …

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What is Psychotherapy?

What is psychotherapy? Learn more about psychotherapy techniques by reading our latest article. Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for evidence-based therapy that treatment specialists use to help clients with mental disorders. Psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy where a counselor listens to the client and responds with solutions to the client’s challenges.Therapists often help …

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Spiritual Distress in the Wake of Trauma

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.” The effects are long-lasting and might take the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms such as nightmares, feelings of hyper-arousal and multisensory flashbacks reminiscent of the traumatic …

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Veterans’ Risks for Drug Abuse

Recent findings from an American research group point to a connection between drug problems in veterans, depression and emotional trauma exposure that occurs as early as childhood or as late as after the end of military service. Diagnosable problems with drugs or alcohol appear fairly frequently in men and women who have served in the …

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Risk Factors for Addiction

Alcoholism can happen to anyone regardless of their background, economic status, or beliefs. Although it is difficult to pinpoint a single link to substance abuse, risk factors for addiction are fairly common. Many of these factors include the environment, genetics, hereditary traits, medical history, or age.In addition, certain types of substances do carry a higher …

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Depression in Polydrug Users

A team of researchers from the University of Hawaii assessed the impact of cigarette smoking and caffeine intake on the mental health of people who participate in polysubstance abuse, concluding that caffeine use, in particular, can have a substantially negative mental health impact on these individuals. Polysubstance abuse and polydrug abuse are two terms that …

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