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Op-ed: Red flags that your coworker has fallen prey to addiction during the pandemic

PUBLISHED WED, SEP 9 20209:28 AM ED Rachel Graham CEO, and John Edmonson, director of wellness, Healing Springs Ranch KEY POINTS Drug and alcohol addiction in the workplace has risen since the pandemic began. The American Medical Association reported that as of August, more than 40 states reported a rise in opioid-related deaths, along with …

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Gambling, Sex, And Internet Gaming Have Quickly Become A New Phenomenon In The Science World Known As Process Addictions

Substance use disorders targets the pleasure receptors in the brain where short term rewards are felt.  Over time, chronic substance abuse tends to negatively affect behavior, diminishes control of that behavior, and result in what is commonly known as addiction. The compulsive behaviors that arise in addiction, coupled with the lack of control and the …

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Social Distancing, a New Phenomenon so How Do We Deal With It?

Here’s How To Make It Through! Social distancing, what does that even mean anyway? Social or physical distancing are non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures done to prevent the spread of a contagious disease reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other. A nation asked by our government to stay at home …

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Staying on Top of your Recovery Journey . . . During a Pandemic and Social Distancing

The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic is a time of uncertainty that has increased anxiety for many people. Anxiety can result in many uncomfortable feelings that are felt throughout your body. Anxiety often creates behavioral paralysis and those affected are disengaged from routines and obligations. With COVID-19 the subsequent social distancing compounds feelings of dread and anxiety which makes …

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Fear, We All Feel It But How Does It Relate To Becoming Free Of Addiction?

Every human has experienced fear, it is a powerful emotion and directly relates to our survival. But when we feel fear, our ability to be rationale is affected our brains develop something called lizard brain.  How does fear show up in our bodies?  Our breathing may become labored, we may not be able to think …

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Coping Strategies For Handling The Anxiety That Uncertainty Brings

Suffice it to say, there is nothing like a global viral pandemic to throw a wrench into our day-to-day lives and routines! Because the COVID-19 situation is changing daily and because it is so fluid, it creates a lot of uncertainty around the future. Life feels out of our control. As humans, there is nothing …

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Is Practicing Mindfulness Powerful Enough to Overcome and Recover from Opioid Abuse?

Recent studies show that the number of people suffering from an opioid substance use disorder declined considerably after participating in mindfulness practice. Within the mindfulness practice research, participants who focused on breathing, body sensations, and emotional response experienced a reduction in substance cravings and had greater control over powerful impulses to use. The mindfulness study …

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Holidays are Stressful for Everyone and Especially for Those in Recovery Plan…for Success with Strategies to Safeguard Against Relapse

Holidays are “The season to be jolly.” The reality is that an overwhelming number of people don’t feel jolly during the holidays. Why do so many people feel empty and stressed out when the holiday season is supposed to be filled with family, festivities, and fun?  It turns out that the biggest source of holiday …

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Enmeshment – An Obstacle To Healthy Relationships and Finding Your True Identity

Enmeshment. Have you ever heard of that term? It’s a fairly common term used by therapists to describe the interaction between some family members where one or more of the family members has a substance use disorder. Often those who are enmeshed are completely clueless that there may be a problem – they have no …

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Mindset: Substance Use Disorder and Compulsive Behavior

Initially, a substance use disorder may be a way to numb feelings around trauma or abuse. At some point, however, the mindset and the motivation changes around addiction and becomes more about compulsive behavior than trauma or abuse. The trauma once buried by the substance use becomes an obsessive behavior that ultimately interferes with relationships …

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