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  • A New Day, A New Life
    “If you are reading this, it’s likely that you decided to create a healthy, rewarding life.” And so begins the 365-day journey A New Day, A New Life: A Guided Journal Blending Science & Spirituality, ...
  • Scattershot: My Bipolar Family
    It was back in the '50s. One day my friend's mother just disappeared. That Sunday as they gathered in the church parking lot, the other mothers whispered. My friend stood next to me and cried. ...
  • Bonding with Your Teen: A Hidden Opportunity
    This column is part of a series of vignettes representing themes common to families and adolescents. Different sides of a dilemma are presented – the parent’s point of view and the adolescent’s view. ...
  • Teen Drinking: Limits vs. Punishment
    According to the National Institute of Health, drinking -- the drug of choice among youth -- plays a major role in death from injuries, and injuries are the leading cause of death for ...
  • Does Your Teenager Want To Get Caught?
    Travis was 15. He’d always been a good kid – no trouble, unlike his brothers. His parents saw him as the perfect child. That’s ...
  • Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the most difficult conditions for anyone to bear. Many who encounter life-threatening events or situations that threaten physical or emotional safety become burdened by a variety of intense ...
  • Ordinary Heroes
    Last night I went to a convenience store. I was joking with one of the two female cashiers working the late night shift when this guy stormed in, shouting obscenities, totally agitated. I was scared—sure ...
  • Is Alcohol Spoiling Your Romance?
    When I first talk to people about couples therapy, I usually ask: "Do you drink alcohol? Does your partner?" and if so, "How much?" I also ask whether they use other mind-altering drugs and intoxicants. ...
  • How To Keep Your Head in a Bad Economy
    When a recession hits and then gains momentum, it’s natural to feel scared, helpless or hopeless, and these feelings can get the better of us. People who feel overwhelmed often try to cope by avoiding ...
  • Online Pharmacy Use Can Have Serious Consequences
    In today's communications landscape — where Internet access is readily available and advertising for prescription medication — it is no surprise that many patients are using online pharmacies. There are many benefits to this type ...
  • Facts About Cocaine
    If you snort, smoke or inject cocaine or care about someone who does, you more than likely have some unanswered questions about the nature and effects of this powerful drug. Cocaine is a powerfully addictive ...
  • Levels of Treatment for Substance Abuse
    There are four main levels of treatment for substance abuse: Level I — outpatient treatment Level II — intensive outpatient treatment Level III — medically monitored intensive inpatient treatment Level IV — medically managed intensive ...
  • Treatment for Marijuana Abuse
    The question is what can be done to help people become and remain abstinent. For those who cannot remain abstinent, an initial goal is measurable improvement. The first step for clinicians is to help the ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Ecstasy
    What Is Ecstasy? Ecstasy (also known as XTC, X, Adam and MDMA) is a dangerous, illegal drug that has effects similar to those of amphetamines and hallucinogens. How Is the Drug Used? MDMA is generally sold in ...
  • Treatment for Cocaine Abuse
    An enormous increase has occurred in the number of people seeking treatment for cocaine addiction during the 1980s and 1990s. Treatment providers report that cocaine is the most commonly cited drug of abuse among their ...
  • If Someone You Know Has a Problem with Cocaine
    There are few things in life that are more difficult to cope with than a loved one who is dealing with a serious substance abuse issue. You love the person and want to reach out ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Marijuana Use
    Can I die from a marijuana overdose? No. A lethal overdose of marijuana is virtually impossible; however, deaths from accidents and multiple drug use are not uncommon. I smoked pot in the 1960s. I went to ...
  • Facts about Marijuana Use
    After a decade of decline, marijuana use has steadily increased among American youth. The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study, which assesses drug and alcohol use among American youth, reported substantial increases among eighth, ...
  • Symptoms of Substance Dependence
    Here are some of the signs and symptoms that are typically associated with substance abuse. A maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three or more of ...
  • Symptoms of Substance Abuse
    Abuse of a substance is generally characterized by an unhealthy pattern of substance use leading to significant impairment or distress, as manifested by one or more of the following occurring within a one-year period: recurrent ...
  • Mood Disorders and Alcohol/Drug Use
    The term mood describes a pervasive and sustained emotional state that may affect all aspects of an individual's life and perceptions. Mood disorders are pathologically elevated or depressed disturbances of mood, and include full or ...
  • Mental Health And Addiction Treatment Theories and Approaches
    For people with dual disorders (also known as "dual diagnosis"), the attempt to obtain professional help can be bewildering and confusing. They may have problems arising within themselves as a result of their psychiatric and ...
  • Recovering from Addiction and Recovering Your Memory
    A chronic marijuana user has cut down his dosage dramatically, but now his supervisor complains that his job performance as a bricklayer was far better before he started treatment. A recovering alcoholic learned to play the ...
  • Inhalants: A Dangerous Experiment
    You may have heard your friends talking in a new way about gasoline, felt tipped pens, deodorants and nail polish remover as drugs. The word is out: Inhaling, sniffing or, as it's called on the ...
  • Detoxing from Drugs and Alcohol
    When a young person has a dual diagnosis of chemical dependency and a bipolar disorder, most doctors choose to treat both conditions at once. This can be difficult unless the patient is in a hospital ...

 

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