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Terry Hurley
nutrient dense foods like salmon, avocado, kale, and others formed into the shape of a heart
Everyone needs to develop healthy, nutritious eating habits. But for those in recovery from a substance use disorder, eating a healthy balanced diet is a critical part of their sobriety. Addiction to drugs or alcohol takes a toll on the person’s body and brain. When an individual is actively using drugs or drinking alcohol, they...
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attractive man in his thirties holding a glass of whiskey with his hand on his head, looking concerned - alcohol use
Alcohol Use: When Is It a Problem? It is not uncommon for a person who struggles with alcohol use to deny they have a drinking problem. Sometimes, their family and friends can see they are struggling with alcohol use. Other times, the person themselves may wonder if their alcohol consumption has crossed the line. Warning...
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handsome middle age businessman stressed and leaning his head and hands on a whiteboard at work - dry drunk syndrome
When a person suffering from alcohol addiction stops drinking, they have taken the first step toward recovery. But maintaining sobriety is a process that takes hard work and daily commitment. One potential challenge for newly sober individuals is what is known as dry drunk syndrome. What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome? When a person has stopped...
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pretty woman holding a clipboard with a family in the background sitting in a circle - intervention for addiction
Watching a loved one struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol is a heartbreaking, painful experience. You want to help, but you do not know what to do. You feel helpless as you watch them destroying their lives. You have tried talking to them, but they refuse to listen. When your loved one denies...
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attractive man sitting at his desk with his hand covering his face - Ativan addiction
A prescription medication, Ativan is generally prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia. It is the brand name of the generic drug lorazepam, a benzodiazepine. Ativan is highly regulated by the United States government and is classified by the US Department of Justice as a Schedule IV drug. Ativan Addiction Ativan is a strong medication that...
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digital illustration of human brain overlaid with a man's hands holding it - neuroplasticity
Everything you do, both voluntary and involuntary, is controlled by the most complex organ in your body: the brain. From your breathing and heartbeat to how you walk and talk, your brain controls it all. Not only does it control your every thought, action, and feeling, but your brain also has the amazing ability to...
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man lying on psychotherapist's couch while she uses a pendant to hypnotize him - Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy
Whether a person experiences trauma as a child or as an adult, it changes how they view themselves and the world. Experiencing traumatic events often leads to drug or alcohol addiction as a way of coping with the strong emotions. An effective treatment method for dealing with trauma is called trauma-informed hypnotherapy. What Is the...
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young woman in the background - drugs and a syringe on a dirty footlocker in the foreground - iv drug use
What Is IV Drug Use? Intravenous (IV) drug use involves using a syringe and needle to inject a substance directly into the bloodstream. The drug is generally injected into a vein (intravascular). It can also be injected under the skin (subcutaneous), known as skin-popping. Sometimes the substance is intentionally or accidentally injected into a muscle...
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closeup of man's face - showcasing his eye, with a digital overlay - excessive drinking
Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol harms every organ in the human body, including the eyes. Although many people are aware of the damage excessive drinking or addiction has on some bodily organs, few are aware of the damaging effects it can have on vision. It can even lead to blindness. What Are Alcoholic Eyes?...
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worried woman with her hands on her man's shoulders - he is holding pills in his hand - Valium addiction
A prescription medication, Valium is the brand name for the generic drug diazepam. It is in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines and is classified by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule IV controlled substance. Drugs in this classification have the potential for abuse and can cause psychological dependence or physical...
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