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Anxiety: Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone feels anxious from time to time. But there is an important difference between everyday worry and an anxiety disorder.  Anxiety disorders are serious mental health conditions that affect nearly one fifth of the U.S. population (18.1%). This condition is very treatable, yet only about a third of people who struggle with an anxiety disorder […]

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The Connection Between Social Anxiety Disorder and Addiction

Victims of social anxiety disorder (SAD) are exceptionally vulnerable to substance abuse problems. Studies have revealed that up to 20%nof all SAD sufferers have struggled with alcohol abuse issues, and drug abuse rates among the socially anxious are also disturbingly common.

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Addiction Is Not Just a Young Person’s Disease

A retired airline pilot. A teacher’s aide. An executive. An attorney. A plumber. A grandmother who provides childcare for her grandchildren. What do all of these people from divergent walks of life have in common? They are all over 50, facing addiction and have engaged in treatment. Each sought recovery for various reasons, which included family coercion, legal complications, health matters, loss of job, change in living situation and personal preference.

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How to Love the Inner Addict

Mayhem. Chaos. Conflict. Confusion. Destruction. Dysfunction. All of these are words to describe the experience of addiction. Each is attached to an experience of placing a substance or behavior in front of health, relationships, finances, career and freedom. At the root of addiction, according to Alcoholics Anonymous, is self-centeredness.

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Liquid Courage: Does Drinking Really Help With Your Anxiety?

In social situations, some people use alcohol as “liquid courage” to help them overcome the anxiety of interacting with others. This practice is relatively common because, in the short-term, drinking can help reduce your inhibitions and make you feel more relaxed. However, alcohol can’t touch the actual source of the anxiety you experience. In addition, use of drinking as a social lubricant can eventually leave you with serious problems that include diagnosable symptoms of a condition called alcohol use disorder.

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Heroin Epidemic Spreads to PA’s Most Vulnerable Population: Newborns

Pennsylvania is known as one of the hotbeds of America’s opioid problem, deemed by the state’s drug and alcohol secretary as “the worst overdose crisis in the history of humanity.” And with rates of heroin use among Pennsylvanian women more than doubling between 2002 and 2014, it’s not surprising that the terrors of the opioid tragedy have trickled down to the state’s most vulnerable population — newborn babies.

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The Frightening Drug Methcathinone

Methcathinone, also known as cat, Charlie or Jeff, is both a natural substance and one that can be created synthetically. It is related to the drugs called bath salts as well as to amphetamine and methamphetamine. It is a dangerous and harmful stimulant. Methcathinone side effects can be painful and lasting, and abuse of this drug can also lead to addiction or even fatal overdoses.

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Is Jail a Safe Place for a Heroin Addict?

It’s hard to watch a loved one suffer from drug abuse. Their drug of choice provides an escape from reality and a dizzying high that can’t be found in day-to-day life. Why would a drug abuser want to stop feeling so good?

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The Effects of Parent Drug Abuse on Young Children

The effects of parent drug use on ages 6 to 12 and on children even younger are detrimental and lasting. Young children with parents using drugs may experience traumas including abuse or neglect. They may see things that traumatize them or that are hard to understand. They may feel unloved, hurt and frightened. Traumatic events, neglect and hurt feelings can impact them emotionally, developmentally and in other ways that last well into adulthood.

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10 Weirdest Pot Products

With medicinal marijuana legal in 25 states and recreational marijuana legal in four plus the District of Columbia, pot is becoming more and more mainstream. Entrepreneurs are now making the drug available in more than just blunts, bongs and brownies. Below, we take a look at some unusual cannabis products you may not yet know about.

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