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Alcohol’s Effect on Depression

Depression is a debilitating mental health condition that affects all aspects of a person’s life. An individual who suffers from depression often declines invitations to social events, family gatherings, and holiday parties with loved ones. Depression makes a person disengage from things that were fun, interesting, and enjoyable. It also interferes with relationships and distorts…

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How Do I Break a Bad Habit and Form a New One?

Habits either make or break you, so it seems. New Year’s resolutions rise up before the first of the year and drop off by the first of February. Every goal people have in mind usually gets broken at one point or another. We try to keep up but we fail miserably sometimes. Breaking up with…

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These 6 Fermented Foods May Boost Digestion

Kefir is made by adding kefir grains, made up of yeast and bacteria, to milk. This results in a thick and tangy beverage with a taste often compared to yogurt. Kefir has been shown to improve the digestion of lactose in 15 people with lactose intolerance. Those who are lactose intolerant cannot digest sugars in…

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Try These 5 Ways to Boost Motivation When Depressed

When a person with depression is told to get motivated, it is like telling someone to get past a very difficult thing in their life by snapping their fingers. It is not that people with depression cannot get motivated or don’t want to get well. They simply cannot function and struggle to get moving. There…

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Self-Compassion Can Create a Better Recovery

Personal development is all the rage right now. Culture often celebrates those who are self-confident but new research suggests self-compassion might be better than that in an approach to success and personal development. Self-confidence makes you feel better about yourself, while self-compassion encourages you to acknowledge flaws and limitations. Learn more about self-compassion and why…

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Why Does Withdrawal Make People Feel Sick?

The impact of drugs on the body is not in dispute. Whenever a person uses drugs, it changes their body and brain while also impacting their entire life, in some cases. For people who use them regularly and become addicted, their body becomes used to it and needs it to function. Quitting drugs at this…

Methadone and Suboxone for Withdrawals

Methadone is a medication used to treat a person’s addiction to opioids such as painkillers and heroin. Methadone helps lessen withdrawal symptoms from opioid abuse. The withdrawals are less intense and the methadone provides a more comfortable detox experience. Although methadone has been used in treatment for many years, it is a synthetic opioid and…

Will I Stop Being Indecisive In Recovery?

Struggling with indecision is like being stuck in the mud. It is no fun whatsoever. Making decisions might be difficult but, like with anything, you get better with practice. With any skill you want to get better at, you need to find times and ways of getting your foot in the door and just doing…

How Can I Boost My Hydration In Recovery?

Drinking pickle juice may sound kind of gross, and maybe you are right. There are, however, several reasons to consider it you may not know about. Athletes often sip the briny brew to help them post workout. It may also help relieve cramps. Find out some of the additional benefits to drinking pickle juice and…

Making Lifestyle Changes in Recovery

Addiction causes self-destructive behavior despite harmful consequences. The brain changes chemically and physiologically when a person is addicted. The individual becomes physically dependent on the drugs or alcohol and experiences painful withdrawals when he or she stops using them. Lifestyle changes must be made for recovery when treatment ends. The brain needs time to learn…