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Is Stimulant Use Disorder a National Frenzy?

Is it time for a coffee break yet? Thanks in part to a designer coffee house on every block, America is the now largest consumer of stimulants, both legal and illegal, in the world. Our relationship with these drugs is a complicated one, too. Air Force pilots are prescribed stimulants to help them stay awake […]


42 Recovery Slogans Assembled Into a Word Collage

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more,” wrote Confucius. Though the Chinese thinker and social philosopher wrote these words thousands of years ago, they’re still meaningful today. Short, striking, or memorable phrases are known as slogans, and we use them often in our daily lives. You might see them on […]


Taking The Edge Off Panic Attacks

Imagine your hands are sweaty and your heart is racing. You feel lightheaded, as if you’re going to pass out at any moment. There’s pain in your chest and it’s difficult to breathe, and all of this is happening while you’re sitting at your desk at work, on a normal day with no explainable reason […]


Inhalant Abuse: 3 Health Risks Parents Should Know About Huffing

More prevalent among teenagers, inhalants are a growing drug abuse problem. Products that readily found around the house such as paint, glue, aerosols and cleaning solvents all have mind-altering properties and therefore the potential for abuse. Also known as “huffing”, most inhalants can cause slurred speech, light headedness and delusions. The effects are similar to […]


What Are SMART Goals for Recovery?

Recovery from drugs and alcohol is a difficult challenge for anyone. It’s therefore a good practice for those learning to live a drug and alcohol free lifestyle to set goals for their recovery. Goals are important for staying on track, and measuring success, but it’s not always enough to simply set goals. There are good […]


What is The Science Behind Happiness?

There’s a great line in the film, American Beauty, where Lester Burnham (played by Kevin Spacey) is talking about his daughter Jane (Thora Birch). He says, “Janey is a typical teenager – angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that will all pass. She wasn’t always like this. She used to be Happy. […]


Good Bye Break-Up Letter to Alcohol

Dear Alcohol, This is a difficult letter to write, and I should have written it years ago. I’m as much to blame as you, and I’ve finally decided that we can’t go on like this any longer. You didn’t force yourself on me…I was just as willing to begin our long friendship as you. It […]


5 Diagnostic Updates to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Studies have shown that 2 in every 50 adults have experienced bouts of OCD in their lifetime, and 33 percent of those people believe their disorder began in childhood. Left untreated or misdiagnosed, this condition is extremely difficult to live […]