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National Recovery Month

Friday, September 3, 2021

Every September is National Recovery Month –‌ an observation of recovery in all its forms, and the providers, practices and principles that make it possible. Whether you are working on sustaining lifelong sobriety or are looking for a treatment program to help you accomplish your goals, this month represents...

PMDD and Addiction in Women

Friday, August 27, 2021

Shortly before your period starts, you may experience an array of symptoms such as bloating, headaches, tender breasts and mood swings. The collective name for these monthly symptoms is premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Up to 90% of women experience some degree of PMS, though it is typically mild. However,...

Narcissistic Victim Syndrome: PTSD From Narcissistic Abuse

Friday, August 20, 2021

If you’ve ever had a narcissist in your life, you may have lasting psychological trauma from dealing with their unrealistic demands, manipulative tactics, gaslighting and other abusive behavior. Narcissistic abuse can be insidious, slowly eroding your mental health and self-esteem before you even realize what is happening. Fully healing...

How to Deal With an Enabler

Friday, August 13, 2021

Being in substance abuse recovery will require you to change many aspects of your life, especially your relationships. Sometimes, you may need to redefine a friendship or romantic partnership in a way that best benefits your sobriety. Other times, you’ll need to walk away from people who do not...

Ecotherapy | Nature Therapy in Arizona

Friday, August 6, 2021

Ample scientific research supports the idea that spending time in nature benefits your mental and physical health. Surrounding yourself with the natural world is easy in a beautiful state like Arizona, which has a reputation for stunning desert scenery and dramatic geological formations. At Canyon Crossing, we encourage our...

How Drug Use Causes Misdiagnosed Mental Illness

Friday, July 30, 2021

If your doctor or therapist has diagnosed you with a mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder, you may wonder about your next steps for getting healthy. However, if you also abuse alcohol or drugs, you might struggle to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition because these...

Types of Unhealthy Relationships

Friday, July 23, 2021

Relationships can be a source of unconditional love and support. However, if a relationship causes you to feel anxious, stressed or demeaned, these are warning signs it is not fulfilling your needs. Healthy relationships rest upon a foundation of mutual understanding, trust and respect. They bring out the best...

When Did the Heroin Epidemic Start?

Friday, July 16, 2021

Opioids – which include morphine, heroin and name-brand medications like Vicodin – are a class of drugs that bind to receptors in the brain, where they create various effects. Their ability to ease moderate to severe pain gives them a legitimate medical purpose for doctors and their patients, but...

Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Oxycodone and hydrocodone are both effective prescription pain relievers, and when combined with antihistamines, hydrocodone can also be a cough suppressant. On a molecular level, they’re nearly identical, with oxycodone having one extra oxygen atom. In one study, researchers found both drugs were equally capable of treating acute pain...

PCP Overdose

Friday, July 2, 2021

PCP, or phencyclidine, is an illegal and dangerous drug that gives users euphoric feelings and creates the illusion of superhuman abilities. However, it can also cause hallucinations and agitated or violent behavior. PCP users are a threat to themselves and others and are at risk of side effects such...

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