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Volunteering contributes to the healing process for those in recovery during the holidays

December 29, 2014   0 Comments

Volunteering is about giving your time and energy free of charge to accomplish a task that truly benefits others. It’s the time of year when most volunteering around the country and around the world is seen the most. Salvation Army bell ringers are outside stores raising funds for the less fortunate, holiday meals are served
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7 ways Facebook is straining your mental health

December 20, 2014   0 Comments

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It is probably safe to say at this point that Facebook is an addiction for many people. With mobile technology becoming more prevalent, social media is becoming more accessible than ever and therefore, more tempting to use. Although there is nothing wrong with socializing with friends over the internet, chronic use can lead to unforeseen
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Study finds oxycodone to cause permanent behavioral changes

December 19, 2014   0 Comments

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A new study has found that even brief use of the opioid oxycodone can lead to lasting behavioral impairments in rats. The team of researchers believes the drug may cause a “cognitive hangover,” leading to enduring changes in brain structure that impact behavioral flexibility and decision-making skills. The study also suggests that the amount of
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Holiday traveling: Use these cost-saving tips to visit loved ones in treatment

December 12, 2014   0 Comments

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For patients in residential treatment for mental health disorders or addictions, the holiday season will be more difficult. For the patient, being away from home and family in addition to being in treatment, means missing all the usual holiday get-togethers and excitement that goes with them. For the family members, it’s likely that they will
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New study seeks better insight into adolescent male behavior

December 9, 2014   0 Comments

Most parents would agree that they would do anything in their power to help their child if it was needed. Of course, raising a young child presents a much different set of challenges than raising a teenager. Mothers and fathers will want to be mindful of the transitional period their son is going through, as
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7 ways teens can rebuild trustworthiness after treatment

December 9, 2014   0 Comments

Families can be blindsided from the craziness inflicted by a teen that has been engaging in risky and destructive behaviors. No one is spared within the family unit. Whether the teen had been actively involved in substance abuse, risky and illegal behaviors, wrestling with a mental disorder or all of the above, the end result
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7 ways to avoid holiday anxiety

December 3, 2014   0 Comments

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With the influx in family gatherings and added financial pressures, the holidays can be the most joyously stressful time of the year. The stress from attending family gatherings can do wonders for social anxiety, while the financial fallout and assessment of the past and present can cause depression in the New Year. Luckily, there are
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