The Insanity of a Family Disease

During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.

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How SoundPath Saved My Life

When I was younger, about a decade ago, I dated someone who played guitar. Guitar is cool. It’s, you know, kind of sexy. (When you’re 23, I guess.) So I decided to start playing, and luckily it was something I stayed with, more or less, over the next few years.

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Avoiding Holiday Triggers when Returning Home Sober

For many individuals, the cultural celebrations of winter – like Christmas and Hanukkah – mean an exciting time with family members. If you’re in recovery, though, it could mean an onslaught of holiday triggers. Returning home for the first time sober is a reason for celebration, but anyone who’s faced addiction knows it’s also a battle. Fortunately, there are several ways to overcome temptation and avoid triggers.

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Sober

Recovery is a long road with a variety of hurdles. One of the largest you’ll face, though, is having a sober holiday season. Relapse rates spike during this time of the year for a variety of reasons, but the only thing you need to be concerned with is not becoming part of this statistic. Stick by the following tips, and you’ll likely emerge with your sobriety intact.

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a comprehensive guide to ADHA

A Comprehensive Guide to ADHD and Treatment Options

Some people are under the misconception that ADHD is a children’s disorder. Yet, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder found in both…

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Ask most people and they can tell you that there are imperfections with their body. Whether it is someone who doesn’t like their nose or feels that they are carrying…

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A Guide to Impulse Control Disorder

A Guide to Impulse Control Disorder

We all have issues with impulses at times. A person may swear to only have one slice of cake or not buy those new shoes they cannot afford. That’s a normal part of life…

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Gender dysphoria

Gender Dysphoria: Understanding Identity and Mental Illness

Gender dysphoria may seem more prevalent in today’s society. Yet, this is only due to its acceptance of transgendered – and rightfully so. In the past, people thought that…

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A Guide to ADD Treatment

A Guide to ADD Treatment

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or ADD is a condition many children and adults deal with on a daily basis. The symptoms can be frustrating and interfere…

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Borderline personality disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that affects almost 2 percent of the population. It affects how a person thinks about others and themselves.

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