How Addiction Can Lead to Self-Harm

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People who hurt themselves often do so because their emotions have built up beyond their ability to cope with them. They may be dealing with mental health issues like depression, anxiety or they could be suffering from an addiction. Someone who engages in self-harm is usually experiencing overwhelming feelings of frustration, anger, and self-loathing that […]

Can An Atheist Join AA?

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Alcoholics Anonymous is not associated with any religion, but it does promote a spiritual approach to recovery that isn’t for everyone. The idea of having a Higher power in particular and frequent references to God are what lend a spiritual emphasis to the program. This is precisely what makes many atheists uncomfortable when it comes […]

Alternatives to Self Medicating Panic Disorders

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Occasionally feeling worried, stressed, or anxious is a normal part of being human. Before taking a test, facing a problem at work, or making a choice that seems to have serious consequences, it can be natural to feel a sense of worry or fear. Serious anxiety and panic disorders are much more severe, longer lasting, […]

Binge Eating And Depression

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Many eating disorders start with an intention to lose weight, get in shape, or make some other improvement to one’s appearance. These good intentions, however, can quickly spiral into a full blown disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating. While it’s not quite clear why certain people are more prone to eating disorders than […]

What to Do If You Witness An Overdose

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No one who used drugs or an excessive amount of alcohol expects their recreational habit to kill them, but sometimes it can be that dangerous. In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Every drug, indeed, every substance you can ingest, has a level at which it becomes […]

Handling Your Fear in Recovery

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People who have suffered from addiction may have many fears and misgivings about becoming sober. There are a wide range of fears that people deal with day to day and at times those fears can build up and become an obstacle to personal growth. Worries and fears can take over the mind and prevent people […]

Sober Dance Parties Rising In Popularity

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The sober clubbing movement has swept the globe as a healthy alternative to partying for those who choose to do so without drugs or alcohol. These so called sober dance parties are taking place in venues and clubs in several major cities. The idea behind the movement is to take away all the negative elements […]

How Addiction And Alcoholism Impact The Whole Family

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Substance abuse and alcoholism not only affects the health and well being of the addict, they also have an effect on every member of their family. This is especially true if a parent is abusing alcohol or drugs. The family’s rules, roles, and the relationships between each member become arranged around the drug or alcohol […]

The Long-Term Effects of Bullying on Mental Health

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Many adults have had experiences with bullying in their childhood and kids now are not immune to the type of teasing and at times cruelty that can make their school years tumultuous. While many people can see bullying as a reality that is unavoidable, the effects of bullying may be more pronounced than previously thought. […]

The Power of Humility for Addicts

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Humility might not seem like an important quality to have especially in our culture which normally praises assertiveness and self-confidence. A person who is humble, however, can experience many benefits from their ability to see and admit their own vulnerabilities. Acknowledging your own shortcomings can actually be a useful tool that can improve relationships and […]