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    Helping Your Loved One Struggling with Addiction

    When an individual struggles with addiction, family members describe feeling fearful, confused and helpless. For loved ones, it is important to know the signs of substance abuse problems and how to help the person in need while taking care of themselves. The first evident symptoms that loved ones notice are the increased frequency of intoxication, problems with memory, increase or…

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    Disease Model of Addiction

    Understanding addiction as a family disease implies that entire family should pursue treatment. Understanding the disease model is crucial to reduce blame toward the clients and feelings of guilt experienced by family members. There are five theories included under the disease model: 1) Genetics: Individuals who suffer from addiction tend to have children who also suffer from addiction at much…

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    Importance, Signs and Tips of Mental Illness

    There is a strong connection between mental health and physical health. As much as physical health problems can lead to mental distress, mental health conditions may impair physical health as well. Research proves the strong mind and body connection and how certain mental conditions impact the intensity of physical symptoms.It is easier for individuals to point out to physical difficulties…

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    Emotional Sobriety

    What is emotional sobriety? Even though the term “sobriety” is being commonly used in society, the distinction between physical sobriety and emotional sobriety are not as commonly known. Physical sobriety refers to giving up drugs and alcohol which is a challenging process that involves intensive medical and therapeutic support. Emotional sobriety is more complex as it refers to getting in…

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    Couples and Addiction

      Communication and relationships are two of the most important areas of our lives. When an individual is struggling with addiction, these two areas are highly impacted. In the case of a partner who uses drugs or drinks too much, the greatest price is often paid by the abuser’s partner aside from the abuser. Supporting vs. Enabling It is important…

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    Affectionate Parenting

      Research shows that higher self-esteem, improved academic performance, better parent-child communication, and fewer psychological and behavior problems have been linked to parental warmth and affection. On the other hand, children who do not have affectionate parents tend to have lower self esteem and to feel more alienated, hostile, aggressive, and anti-social. Skin to skin contact between mothers and babies…

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    What is mindfulness?

    Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. 🌸It can be cultivated through techniques, particularly seated, walking, standing, and moving meditation; short pauses we insert into everyday life; and merging meditation practice with other activities, such as…

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    Psychiatric Medications

      Here are some facts about psychiatric medications: Medications do not cure mental disorders; they treat symptoms. Some common symptoms could be sadness, fatigue, appetite, poor concentration. The medications are directed towards improving the quality of your life. Some medications work in hours, some can take up to six weeks or longer. Everybody’s process and timeline is different. It is…

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    World Mental Health Day

    October 10th is the World Mental Health Day, which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts to support mental health. Depression and anxiety disorders were identified as the most common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. These disorders also impact the quality of our relationships and…

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    Is Your Loved One is Struggling with Addiction?

    Even though there are millions of individuals struggling with addiction, there are many more loved ones suffering right along with them. One of the areas that are primarily impacted in the lives of individuals struggling with addiction is communication. Isolation and anger are the most common communication patterns that emerge in relationships during substance dependence. As a loved one, the…