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By Deborah V. Gross, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Mississippi “This is ridiculous. It’s not a problem. I only purge when I get really stressed. I have to have something….” That was Belinda on her first visit to my office. When she passed out at her best friend’s wedding from dehydration due to laxative abuse, […]

Humans are not designed to live alone. From the earliest of times, they banded together in tribes and groups for mutual support, sustenance and community. Modern life and technology have led to an epidemic of isolation. This is especially a challenge for people with addiction and/or mental illness, who can quickly spiral into their illness […]

Opioid abuse claims thousands of lives every year, but some people do manage to escape its crushing grip. Emily M.’s story is one of hope in the seemingly hopeless world of heroin addiction. With an excruciating amount of hard work, the help of specialized heroin abuse treatment, and a loving family that didn’t enable, Emily […]

Depression is a mood disorder that affects the way you think and feel. According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2009 and 2012, 7.6% of Americans aged 12 and older were struggling with depression during the two weeks preceding the survey. Some people reported feeling depressed due to external […]

Men are not the only ones with intimacy disorders. Women also have issues with love and sex. While much research and attention has gone to studying men and pornography, women’s porn addiction is a trend that cannot be ignored.

By Deborah V. Gross, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Mississippi What we experience early in life can influence our future responses. A psychologically traumatic event from your past may impact how you think, feel and behave today. That’s how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops. While addiction is an illness of the brain, PTSD is more […]

At good residential treatment centers, the staff and management understand that their patients are frightened about the future and uncertain if they’ll be able to overcome their chemical dependency. But there are no miracle cures: sobriety and the activities that support it are habits that must be developed gradually and with consistent effort.

All people with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) have at least one of two behavioral problems: an inability to focus or maintain attention and unusual symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity. Doctors frequently treat the condition with Adderall, a name-brand medication containing the active ingredients dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. In combination, these two stimulants work by making certain […]

As a recovering addict, your intentions can be your friend or your enemy, depending on your level of focus and clarity. You have to be clear about what you want before you can choose a constructive and life-affirming path. ACT therapy programs can help you eliminate the confusion that left you lost in the wilderness […]

Do you need a little extra motivation to begin your recovery journey? Even if you feel healthy now, soon the effects of alcohol abuse on your body will be impossible to ignore. Here are just some of the health risks caused by alcoholism.