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Why College Students Binge Drink and How to Stop Them

Everyone knows that college students drink. It’s a tradition that stands the test of time: study hard and party hard. The problem is that drinking has consequences. The other problem is that college drinking has seen a major upswing in recent years. Our young scholars are drinking more than ever. Women have caught up more...

Is Taking “Smart Drugs” a Dumb Decision?

It may be a cliché, but it is a jungle out there. Everyone is competing for the best jobs, the most desirable schools, the highest grades, the biggest raises and they’re getting harder to come by. So utilizing anything that gives you a competitive advantage, especially when it comes to mental acuity, is a smart move more...

The Person in the Mirror

Part of recovery is exploring our journeys. A few of the 12 Steps reference examining attitudes and behaviors that helped shape the person in the mirror: Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wro more...

Powdered Alcohol: On the Market Soon?

You’d think the idea of dehydrated liquor would only appeal to backpackers and thirsty astronauts — or those who want to sneak alcohol. It’s the latter customer that worries some public officials, parents and addiction treatment experts. Yet the maker of Palcohol, the first powdered alcohol product, has received more...

What 20 Years of Research on Marijuana Has Taught Us

Marijuana research since 1993 has shown its use is associated with numerous adverse health effects, including a doubling of the risk of an automobile accident, an increase in the likelihood of psychotic disorders and a heightened risk for physical problems including cancer. (more…) more...

10 Steps for a Stress-Free Early Recovery

Your early days in recovery from addiction are bound to be tough, but if you can mitigate and cope with stress in healthful ways, you can avoid relapsing and going back to page one. Research has proven over and over again, and addicts know this based on experience, that stress is a major factor that leads to relapse, e more...

Understanding Step Eleven

April 24th, 2015 12 Steps, Helpful Articles
In Step Eleven, we focus on how to consciously improve our contact with our Higher Power, the Power greater than ourselves that we have identified according to our own understanding in earlier steps. It is suggested in Step Eleven that we stay in touch with our Higher Power using prayer and meditation. (more&hellip more...

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse in Your Teen

Prescription drugs are sometimes necessary, even for your teen. Certain medications, however, can be abused, and if your teen is taking any of them, you need to be aware of the possibility. Pain medications, ADHD drugs, sedatives and others are subject to abuse and many are habit forming. If your teen overuses his pres more...

Is It Possible to Become a “Career Rehab-er?”

Rehabilitation is an important step for many people on the journey to sobriety. But is it healthy for rehab to become a repeat destination? A woman whose son had relapsed several times raised this concern on a social media heroin support group page. She asked if it was possible her son might become a “career rehab more...

How to Recognize Suicidal Tendencies in an Addict

Addiction and mental health problems often co-occur. Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are common in people who also struggle with drug or alcohol addiction. Sometimes the mental health issues come first and substance abuse is used as a way to self-medicate. Substance abuse can also trigger symptoms of menta more...

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