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We Were Wrong About Smoking – It’s Worse Than We Thought

Take a grim statistic, such as a half million deaths a year are caused by cigarette smoking. Now add a new study on the effects of this highly addictive habit, and increase that number by an additional 60,000 unnecessary fatalities. These are the latest findings from a study entitled “Smoking and Mortality – Beyond Established […]




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Cavemen in Recovery: The Benefits of a Paleo Diet For Recovering Addicts

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “going native.” The idea is that a person decides to shed their habits, beliefs and traditions in order take on the cultural traits of whatever geographical location they’re in. Adopting a Paleo Diet, which entails following the eating habits of some of our oldest ancestors, might then be considered “going […]




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5 Tips to Avoid Enabling an Addict

More often than not, drug and alcohol addiction is spoken and written about in sweeping statistics. Newscasters or journalists report that a 23.5 million people needed treatment for dependency issues in one year. What gets lost in these overwhelming numbers are the personal struggles of friends and family members, the people attempting to help the […]




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10 Ways How to Help an Alcoholic

Over half of U.S. adults drink regularly and alcoholism affects nearly 1 in 13 adults in the United States. This makes it one of the most pervasive diseases in the country and one of the more difficult to overcome. When dealing with a friend or loved one who might be be an alcoholic, it’s often […]




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Tis the Season to Be SAD: 10 Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatments

Think you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this winter? You might be experiencing a very real condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This common illness, also called winter depression, is a type of depression that normally presents itself during the winter and fall months. Experts aren’t exactly sure what […]




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6 Ways For Non-Drinkers To Stay Sober by Not Drinking

Americans love to drink. The pastime is so pervasive it crosses cultural boundaries. Women and men, old and young alike consume alcohol at sporting events, at parties, quiet dinners, or even at work functions. Whether the setting is formal or informal, alcohol is likely to be available, and all too often there is a stigma […]




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Mile High State: Colorado’s Marijuana Education Campaign

States across the country are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. It’s been a hard to miss news item for some time since Colorado led the charge, passing the necessary legislation in 2012. Pot advocates everywhere hailed the passage as progress. Washington State soon followed the trend, while Oregon and Alaska trail right behind. Voters […]




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What Can Be Done About Drug & Alcohol Use at Work?

Even as popular television shows, such as “Mad Men,” romanticize the days of a fully stocked bar in an office nook or closing a business deal over a three martini lunch, most employers these days have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drinking on the job. However, this doesn’t mean that drug or […]




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10 Steps For a Positive Drug and Alcohol Intervention

Addiction is a complicated disease. Because it changes the chemistry of the brain, a person with substance abuse and dependency issues acts and thinks differently. In many cases, denial runs so deep that they’re not even aware of the damaging impact their illness is having on their life and the lives of those around them. […]




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Curbing Cravings the Healthy Way

How to Kick Your Cravings to the Curb There are a variety of stages and phases of sobriety, each bringing their own challenges to the process. One of the most difficult parts of sobriety tends to be cravings. Cravings are overwhelming desires for something, sometimes anything. In early sobriety, cravings can be even harder to […]




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