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Anxiety and Marijuana

Marijuana is often treated by frequent users as a means to alleviate, even if temporarily, moderate to extreme anxiety. This connotation is popular, especially among adolescents and young adults. However, anxiety and marijuana interact in more ways than just reduction—and not always beneficially. Generalized anxiety disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders…

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Behavioral Therapy for Addiction

Seeking treatment for addiction can be a tremendous challenge. There are so many different approaches to recovery care, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. How can you tell which approach is right for you or your loved one? Behavioral therapy is one of the commonly used methods of treating addiction and can work well…

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PTSD and Addiction

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) are often experienced at the same time. The link between PTSD and addiction can be strong, making it complicated to treat clients who are dealing with both disorders. However, our understanding of the best ways to help people experiencing the aftermath of trauma and struggling with…

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Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Melatonin

Lots of people these days have difficulty getting to sleep. Everyday life is full of little stressors that can add up, leaving us to toss and turn when we should be peacefully dreaming. Some people choose to take a sleep supplement like melatonin, while others may choose to have a few drinks in the evening.…

a woman sits in a dimly lit room struggling to cope with the impact of her cocaine abuse on her mental health

How Cocaine Can Impact Mental Health

The mental health effects of cocaine use have been well-documented since it was discovered to be habit-forming during the Victorian era. In fact, the current understanding of addiction itself includes a component of mental health. Additionally, people who are dealing with underlying mental health conditions often self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to try and relieve…

a woman deals with the negative side effects of her painkiller use and needs prescription drug addiction treatment

5 Signs of Painkiller Abuse

Since 1995, when the FDA approved Oxycontin (oxycodone) for medical use to treat chronic or acute pain, the abuse of prescription painkillers has risen steadily. Many believe the current opioid epidemic can be traced, at least in part, to the legitimizing of a powerful synthetic opioid by physicians, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies, without acknowledging its…