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Mindfulness Meditation

Triggers, like cravings and stress, can increase your risk of relapsing. Mindfulness meditation is an effective holistic therapy that can help improve your cognition, decrease your stress and support your recovery. During recovery, such as a mindfulness based cognitive therapy program, nearly half of all people struggling with a substance abuse disorder experience at least one…

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Can Alcohol Cause Depression

If you have a co-occurring disorder, such as a dependency on alcohol for depression, recovery is sometimes more difficult after a mood disorder treatment program. Depression symptoms can make you consume more alcohol, while alcohol consumption can worsen your depression. So it leaves us asking, can alcohol cause depression? More than 15 million American adults…

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Gateway Drugs

Drug abuse, addiction, and substance abuse problems often start with experimenting with gateway drugs, recreational drugs, nicotine, and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol all produce intoxicating effects by causing changes to your brain chemistry. Your brain releases excessive amounts of neurotransmitters whenever you use drugs or alcohol. This process can cause a rush of pleasurable emotions,…

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LGBT Substance Abuse Treatment

There is a greater awareness in society of gender and sexual orientation diversity. Advocates in the LGBT community are doing a commendable job of educating the public. However, persistent marginalization has not moved the numbers of those needing LGBT substance abuse treatment. What Increases the Need for LGBT Substance Abuse Treatment? Understanding that a person’s…

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Mental Health Month

Each year, millions of people must face the reality that they or someone they love has a mental health disorder. This realization comes with societal stigmas and very little awareness of what this means. That is why organizations participate in annual Mental Health Month programs. During the month of May, organizations like the National Alliance…