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Is Marijuana A Gateway Drug?

The question, “Is marijuana a gateway drug?” comes up a lot for those who aren’t sure about the effects of cannabis. Some believe it’s a “soft” drug that doesn’t cause any harm. However, some think it’s harmful due to its addictive qualities. According to data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the …

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Why You Need Medical Supervision During Withdrawals

Often, the barrier that keeps individuals from pursuing a life in recovery is the knowledge that the first step—withdrawal and detox—is mentally taxing and physically and psychologically demanding. The detox process can be very painful. It can even create or exacerbate risks to your health. This is especially when you attempt it without medical supervision …

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How Do I Choose Where to Go for Addiction Treatment?

When you or someone you know is finally at the point of seeking professional help for substance abuse the next steps can be overwhelming as you learn about the addiction treatment options available. Deciding the best route out of active addiction and into recovery will be rocky. What factors are most important? Beyond knowing if …

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Opiate Withdrawal and Detox: Parent\’s Guide

Opiate addiction, opiate withdrawal and misuse have been at an all-time high in the last decade. For varying reasons, opiates flooded the black market as the number of prescribed users rose. In turn, deaths due to opioid overdose continue to increase. At this point in the epidemic, we perhaps all know someone who has lost …

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Why Does Sleep Matter in Substance Abuse Recovery?

Why Does Sleep Matter in Substance Abuse Recovery?

In our health-conscious and beauty-focused culture, we know that the decisions we make each and every day affect our physical and mental health. Diet and exercise are among the top two areas promoted when it comes to healthy living practices. However, in reality, sleep practices are just as interconnected to physical and mental wellness. In …

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Add Some Mindfulness to Your Routine

Add Some Mindfulness to Your Routine

What is Mindfulness?  There is often a common misconception that “mindfulness”  means stopping all thoughts and emptying your mind, which is nearly impossible to achieve. The truth is that mindfulness does take practice, but it is so much more than meditation. It is a way of life.    Mindfulness is about increasing our ability to …

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