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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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Depression and Self Harm

A positive correlation exists between marijuana smokers and those diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). The specifics of this relationship are still under scrutiny, with researchers working to determine whether smoking marijuana causes depression, if depressed people are more prone to begin smoking, or some interplay between the two. This research also extends to the…

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Common Signs of Painkiller Abuse

Whether you’re concerned for a loved one who has started painkillers or plan on beginning them yourself, knowing how they can affect you means a decreased risk of forming an addiction. Learning the early signs of painkiller abuse is critical in preventing addiction. Painkiller abuse affects hundreds of thousands of Americans every year and regularly…

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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…