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Postpartum Blues: A Bottle for Baby...and One for Mom?

Stephanie held in her arms a new-born bundle of joy – so why wasn’t she feeling joyful? In fact, she was feeling quite the opposite. As she rocked little Henry to sleep, she eyed the liquor cabinet she had been visiting more and more often since he was born. She kept trying to numb her […]

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Party Debt: Your Hangovers Get Worse as You Age

You may not want to admit it, but it’s time to face facts: You’re getting older every single day. That means you may not be able to do everything with the carefree ease and flexibility you used to. And yes, the aging issue even applies to drinking alcohol – but especially those dreaded hangovers. A […]

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Turns Out Mary Jane's Just Another Thief in the Night

Nothing seemed exciting any more. Tim used to love the thrill of reaching the next level in a video game. He always enjoyed winning at basketball, even if it was just a one-on-one with his neighbor. He liked being the first to solve a problem in math class because his teacher gave out prizes. Now, […]

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Baby on Board: What's Up With All the Drinking While Pregnant?

A couple of months ago, I was at a baby shower with a handful of other pregnant women. And much to my surprise, almost all of them had a mimosa or two. This wasn’t a one-time thing either – I’d seen them drink at a birthday party a couple of weeks before, too. According to […]

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Music vs Meds: 4 More Reasons to Crank Your Favorite Tunes

Your favorite song comes on the radio and you instantly get “that feeling.” You’re automatically transported back in time to a moment that you’ll never forget – and you’ll never get tired of reliving. Or how about when you’re watching a scary movie and the creepy, ominous music makes your heart race? Or when you’re […]

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Use Your Mind as an Eating Disorder Weapon

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by periods of binge eating, followed by attempts to purge the body of those calories…and it’s notoriously difficult to treat. A groundbreaking study from the University of Granada, however, may have uncovered a way to treat bulimia using nothing more than a mirror and some simple mindfulness tools. Specifically, […]

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Don't Let Low Self-Esteem Haunt Your Child into Adulthood

It’s no surprise that addicts often pick up drinks or drugs to numb feelings of low self-worth or inadequacy. After all, self-esteem holds a meaningful role in one’s tendency towards addiction. But, how is self-esteem developed, and when? Liking Who You See in the Mirror A recent study conducted by the University of Washington answers […]

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A Teenage Warning: There's No Such Thing as a Harmless Drink

Because the human brain continues to develop well into our 20’s, the decisions we make as teenagers can have permanent consequences that echo far into adulthood. Unfortunately, adolescents aren’t exactly known for making the best or most rational decisions. A new study highlights that train of thought, noting alcohol’s lasting effects are a particular concern […]

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Treating Bulimia is More Effective with Parental Support

Unfortunately, bulimia continues to be a serious problem among teenagers and adolescents throughout the country. It’s also an eating disorder that presents its own unique hurdles in treatment. That’s why many are encouraged by the results of a new study indicating that teens have a higher chance of recovery when parents participate in the treatment […]

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Could Marijuana Help Our Veterans with PTSD?

Could the next big use of legal marijuana be the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among our military veterans? PTSD is a condition that plagues one in three former service members; it’s also a condition that’s notoriously difficult to treat. The Lasting Effects of War Experts say up to 20 percent of the veterans […]

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Postpartum Blues: A Bottle for Baby...and One for Mom?

Stephanie held in her arms a new-born bundle of joy – so why wasn’t she feeling joyful? In fact, she was feeling quite the opposite. As she rocked little Henry to sleep, she eyed the liquor cabinet she had been visiting more and more often since he was born. She kept trying to numb her […]

Read more »
Party Debt: Your Hangovers Get Worse as You Age

You may not want to admit it, but it’s time to face facts: You’re getting older every single day. That means you may not be able to do everything with the carefree ease and flexibility you used to. And yes, the aging issue even applies to drinking alcohol – but especially those dreaded hangovers. A […]

Read more »
Turns Out Mary Jane's Just Another Thief in the Night

Nothing seemed exciting any more. Tim used to love the thrill of reaching the next level in a video game. He always enjoyed winning at basketball, even if it was just a one-on-one with his neighbor. He liked being the first to solve a problem in math class because his teacher gave out prizes. Now, […]

Read more »
Baby on Board: What's Up With All the Drinking While Pregnant?

A couple of months ago, I was at a baby shower with a handful of other pregnant women. And much to my surprise, almost all of them had a mimosa or two. This wasn’t a one-time thing either – I’d seen them drink at a birthday party a couple of weeks before, too. According to […]

Read more »
Music vs Meds: 4 More Reasons to Crank Your Favorite Tunes

Your favorite song comes on the radio and you instantly get “that feeling.” You’re automatically transported back in time to a moment that you’ll never forget – and you’ll never get tired of reliving. Or how about when you’re watching a scary movie and the creepy, ominous music makes your heart race? Or when you’re […]

Read more »
Use Your Mind as an Eating Disorder Weapon

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by periods of binge eating, followed by attempts to purge the body of those calories…and it’s notoriously difficult to treat. A groundbreaking study from the University of Granada, however, may have uncovered a way to treat bulimia using nothing more than a mirror and some simple mindfulness tools. Specifically, […]

Read more »
Don't Let Low Self-Esteem Haunt Your Child into Adulthood

It’s no surprise that addicts often pick up drinks or drugs to numb feelings of low self-worth or inadequacy. After all, self-esteem holds a meaningful role in one’s tendency towards addiction. But, how is self-esteem developed, and when? Liking Who You See in the Mirror A recent study conducted by the University of Washington answers […]

Read more »
A Teenage Warning: There's No Such Thing as a Harmless Drink

Because the human brain continues to develop well into our 20’s, the decisions we make as teenagers can have permanent consequences that echo far into adulthood. Unfortunately, adolescents aren’t exactly known for making the best or most rational decisions. A new study highlights that train of thought, noting alcohol’s lasting effects are a particular concern […]

Read more »
Treating Bulimia is More Effective with Parental Support

Unfortunately, bulimia continues to be a serious problem among teenagers and adolescents throughout the country. It’s also an eating disorder that presents its own unique hurdles in treatment. That’s why many are encouraged by the results of a new study indicating that teens have a higher chance of recovery when parents participate in the treatment […]

Read more »
Could Marijuana Help Our Veterans with PTSD?

Could the next big use of legal marijuana be the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among our military veterans? PTSD is a condition that plagues one in three former service members; it’s also a condition that’s notoriously difficult to treat. The Lasting Effects of War Experts say up to 20 percent of the veterans […]

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Children with Military Parents at Higher Risk of Addiction

Eddie spent most of his upbringing without a father. He had one who wanted to be in his life, but was sent to fight overseas with the U.S. Army on three separate occasions. When his father returned from his last tour when he was 15, the PTSD he suffered from what he witnessed in combat […]

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Linking Picky Eating Habits, Depression and Anxiety

Marco pushes most of his dinner around his plate with a fork, eating his pasta but leaving everything else untouched. For a three-year-old, this is considered fairly typical behavior. Most children who are picky eaters are expected to grow out of it by adolescence. When those who don’t grow out of their picky eating habits, […]

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Study: Many Teens who Try Bath Salts are Frequent Users

When you hear the term “bath salts,” you might automatically envision lavender-scented sachets that are dumped into a nice, relaxing bath. Unfortunately, those aren’t the kind of bath products making headlines these days. Bath salts are usually sold in small plastic baggies or foil packaging and consumed as a legal substitute for stimulants like cocaine […]

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Study: Serotonin Can Increase Your Chances of Addiction

Although a lot of time has been spent studying dopamine, a “feel-good” neurological chemical, and its role in drug addiction, a new research project indicates that dopamine isn’t the only brain chemical we need to worry about. According to the results of an intensive study, scientists now believe that serotonin can also increase the risk […]

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Facebook Addiction Linked To Depression

We all know someone who is a chronic Facebook user. Perhaps you might even compulsively check status updates for “likes,” spend hours seeing what your friends are doing on the site or “Facebook stalk” an ex-lover. However, did you know that this compulsive behavior could also be a sign of depression? Social Media and Depression […]

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Mental Health Awareness: Teens and Dual Diagnosis

Most of us know a teenager who suffers from depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Perhaps you’ve even dealt with one of these mental health disorders at some point. However, the dangers that teens face with mental health disorders are heightened, as they are far more susceptible to developing a drug or alcohol problem. Chemical Dependency […]

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7 Things You Probably Don't Know About Anorexia

More people than ever before are struggling with eating disorders. In fact, in the U.S., up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder. Despite the widespread epidemic, only 10 percent of those struggling with an eating disorder ultimately seek treatment for it. The Truth About Anorexia Anorexia nervosa […]

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Flakka: The Designer Drug Putting Bath Salts to Shame

Remember the bath salt craze that swept the nation a few years ago? Well, many drug users across the country are now partying like it’s 2012 all over again, thanks to a potentially fatal and highly dangerous designer drug called Flakka. Knowledge is Power Just like bath salts, Flakka is made from the chemical Alpha-PVP, […]

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Tips for Separating Personality Disorders and Opiate Abuse

While debate continues regarding “addictive personalities,” psychologists and substance abuse professions agree certain personality disorders may be associated with opiate addiction. However, concrete evidence of the correlation is difficult, as diagnosable symptoms can be exacerbated by opiate use. Is it a mental health issue or a symptom of addiction? A Look at the Numbers Statistics […]

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Internet Addiction is More Common Than You'd Think

Internet addiction is commonly associated with teenagers who spend days at a time playing video games, but it’s not as much of a niche issue as you would think. A new study, published in the latest issue Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, found that a shocking 6 percent of the world’s population now suffers from Internet addiction. Addicted […]

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Teens and Brain Injuries: A Higher Risk for Drug Abuse

More than 12 million Americans use crystal meth on a daily basis, but a new study has found that teenagers who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are more susceptible to using the drug. Linking Brain Injuries and Meth Use The results of this groundbreaking research project have been published in the latest issue of […]

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Approval Addiction: You Just Can't Please Everyone

Our human need for bonding sometimes goes a little haywire. This is especially true when you continually look to others for approval, even to the point of becoming addicted to what other people think of you. Known as approval addiction, this behavioral health condidtion is defined as an intense desire to win the approval of […]

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Children of Addicts Work Harder to Break the Cycle

A new study found that children of alcoholics not only have to contend with difficult factors in their environment, they also have improperly developed brains that make it harder to fight impulses. The Study Data Scientists from the University of Texas Health Science Center tested the impulsivity of 105 children, 72 of whom came from […]

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Brain Power: Helping Kids Say No to Drugs

Parents these days spend a lot of time wondering how to keep their kids off drugs, but one key characteristic in the fight against this problematic behavior is out of their control. Believe it or not, the strength of a child’s working memory might hold the key to life without drugs and alcohol. What’s in […]

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Behind the Scenes with Recovery High School Teachers

One of the many challenges parents face when confronting a teenager’s substance abuse is figuring out how to provide the treatment and recovery help they need – without being forced to sacrifice a quality high school education in the process. Once in recovery, the thought of sending kids back into the same high school environment that likely helped […]

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PTSD and Food Addiction in Women: What's the Link?

A new study published in the most recent issue of JAMA Psychiatry reveals a concerning link among women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a heightened food addiction. The research team, led by the University of Minnesota’s Susan M. Mason, Ph.D., evaluated data from an earlier study known as the Nurses’ Health Study II. This […]

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Want to Go to College? Then Stop Smoking Pot

There’s a lot of argument over how marijuana use might affect young people throughout their formidable years, but a lack of solid data to help figure it out. That leaves many parents in the dark when it comes to making decisions about use and legalization. A study published in the July edition of the Journal […]

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Scientific Proof that Magic Mushrooms Free Your Mind

Hallucinogens have long been used by indigenous cultures to induce a religious experience, or vision. Now a new study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping has found that psychedelic mushrooms send the mind into a dream-like state. Most of the subjects in the study reported feeling less depressed and anxious for weeks after consuming […]

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The Link Between PTSD and Alcoholism

United States military veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are often linked to alcohol abuse. This is not a mere stereotype. Up to 50 percent of those with PTSD also suffer from alcoholism, and as many as 60 to 80 percent of Vietnam veterans with PTSD have reported abuse of alcohol, according to […]

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