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The Power of Emotional Support Animals

The love, affection, and loyalty of domestic pets like cats and dogs have been raved about for centuries. The loving expression referring to dogs as “man’s best friend” speaks volumes to the potential bonds between people and their pets. These relationships aren’t reserved for just dogs and cats anymore, either. Now, horses, cows, pigs, andRead More

Dealing with Loss During the Holidays

Grief affects everyone differently. For someone dealing with addiction, handling the loss of a loved one can be an immensely complicated process. Remember, though, that time eases the pain, and you can do this. You are not alone. The holidays can create an intense increase in the impact of such a loss. If you orRead More

Feeling Stress During the Holidays? Check out these 5 Simple Steps to De-Stress

Increased spending, last-minute gift purchases, hectic social calendars, frantic festivity organization, and elaborate meal preparations often lead to increased stress levels around the holidays. Many of us in recovery thrive on routines, and when those routines are interrupted, we may become more vulnerable to cravings and emotional instability. Sometimes it seems no matter how hardRead More

The Link Between Self-Esteem and Addiction

There are many potential causes for addiction, and they vary depending on the individual’s unique set of circumstances. Sometimes it’s a method of coping with past trauma or a way to practice avoidance. Through the countless paths that lead to addiction, there is at least one commonality. Especially among women, issues with addiction are oftenRead More

Cutting and Self-Harm: The Inside Scoop

Many assume that individuals that participate in self-harm are suicidal. Experts say this is generally not the case. If someone dies or nearly dies from a self-inflicted injury of this nature, it is more than likely accidental, not intentional. There are other reasons people harm themselves. Self-harm is less about the actual injury and moreRead More

Suicide Warning Signs

Over 44,000 Americans die every year by suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, suicide costs the US just under $70 Billion annually. The annual rate of suicides has steadily increased every year beginning in 2007. Contrary to the stereotypical thought that teenagers are the largest area ofRead More

The Link Between Heavy Drinking and Dementia

For decades, researchers speculated that heavy drinking had some relationship with the onset of dementia, but there was no concrete evidence to support this theory. However, recent studies prove that people that drink more than five beers in one sitting or consume an entire bottle of wine are there times more likely to develop dementiaRead More

Preparing for Holiday Stress

It may seem early to be talking about the holidays and preparing for what that means, but the fact of the matter is that the holidays are right around the corner. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are all on their way with nothing holding them back. This time of year tends to put additionalRead More

Anxiety Disorders…What You Need to Know

Anxiety Disorder is more than just worry. It isn’t nervousness about an upcoming meeting or a speech you have to give next week. Anxiety Disorder is a nervous disorder accompanied by apprehension and excessive uneasiness. Often Anxiety Disorder presents with panic attacks or compulsive behavior. Studies show that woman are twice as likely to haveRead More

Finding Yourself After Trauma

According to the Webster’s Dictionary, trauma is defined as an extremely distressing or disturbing event. A very broad definition, naturally trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Physical trauma requires a doctor, treatment, potential therapy, and maintenance of care. Psychological trauma requires the exact same strategy! So why do people tend to neglect their emotionalRead More