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The Hidden Risk of Legalizing Marijuana

The potency of marijuana has increased quite a bit as have the number of people who perceive marijuana as not harmful or addictive. There are ways that marijuana can be smoked or used that are different than in years past (vaping, smoking, edibles). The number of people using it for medicinal purposes have also increased.…

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Why is Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Effective?

Many types of rehabilitation are available for people who seek professional help for addiction. These treatment options vary in many ways. What some people don’t realize is that a person should choose a program but it takes time to find the right one. It takes a lot of people in a treatment place to support…

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These Feel-Good Foods Can Boost Your Mood

Mood-boosting foods can be a blessing and a curse. People often use these foods to alter their state of mind without even realizing it has happened. Satisfying foods that are sweet can be eaten to kick up blood sugar, but that also means a crash is coming. Some foods may have a negative impact on…

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What is Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is part of a larger group of psychological disorders, called ‘Cluster B,’ personality disorders. These disorders are usually dramatic, emotional, or erratic in nature. People with HPD have a distorted mental image of the self, which is often based in self-esteem that comes from needing others’ approval. HPD can see people…

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How Lavender Essential Oil Can Help Tame Anxiety

Lavender is an herb that sometimes helps people relieve anxiety. One of the most used aromatherapy herbs, lavender has properties that support relaxation. Some research shows lavender as an essential oil may possess sedative properties, which may play a key role in anxiety-reducing effects. Relief According to the principles of aromatherapy, breathing in the scent…

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Could Your Immune System Be Spiking Your Anxiety?

When your immune system may be spiking anxiety, it can be anything from fear of the future to fear of the unknown that is causing the anxiety. What happens is that your body is feeling stressed and the immune system may be the key to understanding how it happens. Stress Response Stress occurs when a…

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Changes to Expect in the First 60 Days of Sobriety

The first 60 days of sobriety will be very challenging. Addiction affects all aspects of a person’s life. The brain becomes physically and psychologically dependent on drugs and alcohol. In treatment, you will learn how to make lifestyle changes to cope. The brain needs to be re-trained to function normally without drugs or alcohol. In…

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Is Cucumber Water Great for Hydration?

There are many benefits to drinking cucumber water. People are on the lookout for different ways to drink nutrients other than water and sports drinks. Finding cucumber water is easier these days with more people jumping on the bandwagon. Try the following tips for learning about cucumber water benefits to see if it is right…

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Physical, Emotional, and Mental Changes Caused by Addiction

Addiction is a disease that attacks all aspects of human psychology and physiology. The consequences of addiction are severe and can cause fatal lung and heart conditions. Addiction affects mental health and can elevate symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Gaining insight into the complex nature of…

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