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Terry Hurley
young woman playing acoustic guitar at home - creative arts
Whether you create art yourself or simply enjoy observing it, art brings discovery, meaning, and joy to many people. For those in addiction recovery, engaging with and creating art can be key to maintaining wellbeing. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology reports that creative art therapies are a very successful form of...
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close up of smooth rocks stacked on beach at sunset - resolutions
A New Year For many people, the beginning of a new year is a time to make resolutions and start new traditions. It is a time to reassess your outlook on life and set personal goals. If you are in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, it might be a good time for you to...
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group of friends playing charades - new year's eve
Whether you are in recovery, new to sobriety, or have years of sober living under your belt, New Year’s Eve may be a difficult time to maintain your sobriety. It’s a time, for many, of excess–of partying, drinking, getting high. Can you enjoy New Year’s celebrations when you’re trying to remain clean and sober? We...
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friends hugging and exchanging holiday gifts - holidays
Holiday Stress The holidays can be a festive and heartwarming time of year. For many people, holiday parties, family gatherings, and celebrations with friends are times to eat, drink, and be merry. But the holidays can also be a very lonely and depressing time for those who have no place to go. Both situations can...
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senior woman looking out the window - senior citizens
Substance abuse and addiction is a growing problem among the elderly (adults aged 60 and over). Senior citizens are becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs at alarming rates. In fact, senior addiction is one of the fastest growing health problems in the United States. A Hidden Epidemic An article published by the University of Buffalo...
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woman walking through greenhouse - ecotherapy
Spending time in nature is a wonderful way to relax. It can make you feel peaceful and calm. When being outdoors in nature is used as a form of therapy for individuals that have a substance use disorder, it is known as ecotherapy. Ecotherapy Explained Ecotherapy is a type of holistic therapy. The basic tenet...
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empty white chairs set up in a circle, with one yellow chair - SMART Recovery
You’ve probably heard of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), but one alternative to these 12-step programs is gaining in popularity. About SMART Recovery SMART Recovery, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, provides an option for those who aren’t comfortable with the religious or spiritual aspects of traditional 12-step programs. Based on scientific...
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black and white - marijuana plant - brain
As more states legalize the use of marijuana, it is important to keep in mind that the drug has both short- and long-term effects on the human brain. Marijuana and Its Chemical Compound – THC Marijuana goes by many different names: pot, weed, 420, grass, herb, Aunt Mary, black gold, Mary Jane, and magic smoke...
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man reading papers in front of laptop - family medical leave act
Many people know they have an addiction to drugs or alcohol and know they need help. Sadly, many people won’t seek addiction treatment for fear of losing their jobs. They worry they could be fired if they take the time they need to go to a recovery treatment center. What they might not know is...
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orange and white capsules spilling out of bottle on bright sky blue background - adderall
A prescribed medication, Adderall is a stimulant that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Sometimes this potent drug is also prescribed for people with sleep disorders such as narcolepsy or those suffering from depression. However, as with all prescription medications, Adderall should only be...
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