Mental Health

Navigate Your Relapse Risk of People, Places, and Things

How to be aware of and Create an Action Plan to Successfully Navigate Your Relapse Risk of People, Places, and Things

You will probably experience relapse triggers which are usually comprised of people, places, and things.  Relapse triggers hide in social, environmental, and emotional situations that remind you of your substance use and they awaken urges and cravings to use.  These cravings are closely related to your triggers and can make resisting the urge to use …

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Trauma Has Long-Lasting Effects On Your Mind, Body & Way Of Life.

Unresolved Trauma Has Long-Lasting Effects On Your Mind, Body & Way Of Life. . . How Does Your Unresolved Trauma Affect You?

Trauma is the result of overwhelming amounts of stress from a situation that exceeds one’s ability to cope and can come about by the death of a loved one, a relationship breakup, or rejection from a loved one, to name a few.  Emotional trauma can hit even the most grounded. Actual injuries and wounds are …

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Great Tips for Self-care and Mental Health after 2020

A Few Great Tips for Self-care and Mental Health after 2020

Self-care and mental health are important, especially after 2020; the year of the worldwide pandemic, political divisiveness, and firestorms – Take these steps to ensure your mental wellbeing Wow, 2020 was a year for the books and not one we will likely forget anytime soon. 2020 was a year of a worldwide pandemic, forest fire …

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Has the coronavirus pandemic affected Americans negatively, causing them to drink more as a way of coping with global uncertainty?

Studies show that within 12 months of a  major disaster in The United States, alcohol consumption increases by more than 35%. It makes sense that during the worldwide pandemic Covid-19, alcohol sales have increased by more than 50%.  What does this statistic suggest? The stay-at-home orders are keeping us at home, and many people are turning …

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Why be Wary of Study Drugs: More commonly referred to as Study Buddies, Smart Drugs, and Brain Steroids. What are they, who uses them, and why?

Why be Wary of Study Drugs: More commonly referred to as Study Buddies, Smart Drugs, and Brain Steroids.  What are they, who uses them, and why? Study drugs are stimulants taken by students who think using them will increase their grades, alertness, and energy.  There are many names for different stimulants used by students as …

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Are you feeling the despair and overwhelm of these COVID-19 times? Are you worried about the mental health and physical safety of a loved one? Are you a suicide survivor?

“The person who completes suicide dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and understand why?”  Clark Have you ever felt suicidal because the pain and despair seem too overwhelming to continue?  Have you had someone you love express feelings of anguish that later lead them to end …

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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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