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How to Celebrate Sobriety Milestones

Friday, June 18, 2021

Sobriety is a lifelong journey – a concept that might feel daunting to consider. That’s why it can help to have specific anniversaries to look forward to. The road to recovery isn’t always a straight, smooth path, especially in the earliest stages. It’s crucial to recognize any victories that...

PTSD Symptoms in Women

Friday, June 11, 2021

If a frightening, shocking or life-threatening event has left you with intrusive flashbacks, frequent nightmares and a sense of lost control, you may be one of the millions of Americans with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that about 10% of women will...

How to Protect a Child With Drug-Addicted Parents

Friday, May 28, 2021

If you suspect your friend, relative or neighbor has a substance use problem, you likely have several reasons to feel concerned about their behavior. If children are in the picture, that’s even more reason to worry. A worsening addiction can cause parents to neglect their children’s needs, and a...

Anticipatory Grief and Complicated Grief Explained

Friday, May 21, 2021

Losing a loved one is an experience almost everyone has had. When grief’s shadow touches your life, it’s normal to experience a range of emotions, from despair to anger. Gradually, the storm subsides, and you slowly start healing, accepting your loss and moving forward.  However, the grieving process isn’t always...

Borderline Personality Disorder Traits

Friday, May 14, 2021

Borderline personality disorder is a severe mental health challenge that can affect every aspect of someone’s life. Its hallmarks include ongoing relationship instability, mood swings, a distorted self-image and difficulty managing emotions and behavior. An inconsistent sense of self may make people living with BPD feel as if they’re...

Can I Take a Mental Health Day Off Work?

Friday, May 7, 2021

Many people – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic – know it’s irresponsible and inconsiderate to come to work when they’re sick because they could spread illness to their colleagues. However, the idea of taking a day specifically to tend to your mental well-being has been slow to catch on...

Why Are Women More Affected by Alcohol?

Friday, April 30, 2021

For decades, most scientific research into the substance abuse issues centered on men’s needs and related problems. Until recently, the medical community’s entire understanding of addiction overlooked the disease’s disproportionate impact on women. For example, women who drink regularly tend to move through tolerance to dependence to full-blown addiction...

How Stimulants Affect Your Overall Health

Friday, April 23, 2021

Stimulants are a class of drugs that act upon the body’s central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. By increasing the neurotransmitters that signal reward and motivation, stimulants can temporarily increase your alertness and give you a boost of energy, which can be useful under the...

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Friday, April 16, 2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, which represents an ideal opportunity to examine what constitutes sexual assault, how it affects women and what related issues may contribute to the problem.  What Is Sexual Assault? Sexual assault is a form of domestic violence that encompasses any form of sexual contact...

Signs of a Cocaine Overdose: Symptoms and Treatment

Friday, April 9, 2021

Cocaine, one of the world’s most notorious drugs,  is a potent and dangerous stimulant. It can create euphoric feelings, heightened sensitivity and increased alertness, but it is also extremely addictive. While cocaine use has negative short- and long-term effects, overdose is the most immediate risk. What causes a cocaine...

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