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English Mountain Recovery Center blog articles in the field of substance use disorders and addiction recovery. Here you will find news, information, and inspiration about drug and alcohol addiction and recovery.


What are Study Drugs?, The Dangers of Study Drugs, Study Drug Addiction
What is now popularly called a study drug began as medication prescribed for people suffering from attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. People use study drugs for their brain-enhancing and educational benefits. They are popular with older teens and young adults, especially college students. According to NeuroHealth, 26% of college...
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Helping an addicted loved one, helping your loved one to enter drug and alcohol rehab, worried woman with her hands on her man's shoulders - he is holding pills in his hand - Valium addiction
Finding out a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol is a very distressing situation. You know they need help, and you want to help them. But you feel confused and are not sure what to do. Trying to get a loved one into a treatment program can be intimidating. They...
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Nature therapy
Spending time outside surrounded by nature can be calming. Whether you hike a forest trail, walk on the beach, or plant flowers in your garden, being outside will likely make you feel peaceful and refreshed. Although everyone benefits from spending time outdoors, it is especially beneficial for people in recovery from a drug or alcohol...
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PTSD and addiction, Link Between PTSD and Substance Use Disorders
Research suggests post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and drug or alcohol addiction are strongly linked. The results of studies published by the National Library of Medicine suggest that approximately 50 percent of people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder also have a substance use disorder. Also, people diagnosed with PTSD are three times more likely to suffer...
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Alcohol-induced Blackouts,
An alcohol-induced blackout, commonly known as blacking out, happens when a person drinks too much alcohol. Unfortunately, this type of alcohol-induced amnesia is not an uncommon occurrence among drinkers. Alcohol-induced blackouts are dangerous and can cause the person to engage in risky or criminal activities without being able to remember anything the next day. What is...
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co-occurring conditions, What Are Co-occurring Disorders?, Causes of Co-occurring Disorders, Co-occurring Disorders, Common Co-Occurring Disorders,
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes a co-occurring disorder as the coexistence of both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder.  As of 2018, approximately 9.2 million adults in the U.S. had a co-occurring disorder, an increase of over 1.1 million people over three years. Co-occurring disorders can develop separately...
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Effects of Childhood Trauma on the Brain, Adult Brain, Trauma Often Lead to Addiction, Childhood Trauma and Addiction
There is a clear link between childhood trauma and alcohol and drug addiction. Traumatic events children experience often follow them as they mature into adults, creating mental health issues that may cause them to use alcohol or drugs as a way to self-medicate. According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, more...
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Journaling, Relapse prevention, Processing emotions, Self-care,
A powerful tool, journaling plays an essential role in restoring good mental health to people healing from the chaos of drug or alcohol addiction. Journaling allows people to express their private thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. It provides a way of processing emotions and dealing with memories. It allows intense self-reflection and a...
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seniors struggling with substance use disorders, Addiction in seniors, Signs of addiction in seniors, Addiction risk factors in seniors,
Substance abuse and addiction among older adults is a growing concern and is often underestimated, overlooked, or underdiagnosed. In the United States, substance use disorders among people over 60 years old are one of the nation’s most rapidly growing health problems. As the population ages, the number of senior citizens struggling with substance use disorders...
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common relapse triggers
Being in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction comes with many challenges. Dealing with relapse triggers is one of them. Relapse triggers are emotional or physical cues that cause the person to want to drink or use a substance. They are a normal part of addiction recovery. Being aware that triggers will arise and...
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