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Knowing When and How to Leave a Drug Addict

Often, addiction affects the loved ones of addicts as much as it impacts the addicts themselves. This is definitely the case when it comes to the significant other of an addict. Many people who are the significant others of individuals who suffer from addiction wonder to themselves if they should end their relationships. In many…

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Can Alcohol Cause Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are known for the intense pain they can cause. Kidney stones develop when there’s too much waste material and not enough liquid. Together, these two end up forming crystals (which are known as “stones” in this case). While there are many causes of kidney stones, drugs like alcohol can contribute directly to the…

Alcohol Abuse

The Dangers of Drinking During Pregnancy

Abusing alcohol is dangerous for anyone. Consuming alcohol at a higher rate than your body can metabolize it often leads to serious health complications. This is especially true for women drinking during pregnancy who should not only be concerned for themselves, but who can cause serious harm to their unborn child.  Women in general are…

The Trouble with Wine Mom Culture

The Trouble with Wine Mom Culture

One thing that often brings people together in American society today is wine. That’s right, wine. This is partly due to American media marketing drinking as being “cool” and “fun.” With such promotion, it’s no wonder why the number of Americans with drinking problems has increased dramatically since the 2000s. Wine drinking has especially been…

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Is Nicotine a Stimulant or Depressant?

If a substance is legal, then it’s not dangerous, right? Wrong! Nicotine is found in plenty of legal products that Americans consume by the millions. However, 1 out of every 5 Americans dies each year because of smoking cigarettes. Americans continue to consume them because nicotine is so addictive. Despite the fact that nicotine products…

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Ways to Boost Serotonin and Dopamine Naturally

Sometimes treatment is the best way to maximize recovery from a mental illness, but what happens when treatment isn’t an option, or you want to try something else first? When it comes to the chemicals delivered to the brain, serotonin and dopamine are two of the most important ones. This is because serotonin and dopamine…

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Understanding Relapse: Common Triggers in Recovery

One of the most sensitive subjects among those in recovery is the subject of relapse. It holds with it feelings of failure and wasted effort. It comes with expressions of shame and embarrassment. However, during the journey of addiction, rehabilitation, and recovery, relapse forever remains a possibility.  This is sometimes despite best efforts. What is…