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Genetic Testing for Opioid Addiction: Study to Explore Possibility

In keeping up the fight against the ongoing crisis of opioid addiction in the United States, researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University announced a new study about genetic testing for opioid addiction. The study will explore how people’s genetic makeup might indicate whether or not they’re predisposed to addiction. For the […]




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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) in the Age of Addiction and Online Dating

After more than a decade of historically low rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sounding a troubling alarm. The agency says 2.4 million cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the largest recorded number in a single year, were reported in 2018. Experts cite a number of […]




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Winnie the Pooh and Mental Illness – Mental Health Month Reality or Coincidence?

It might not be a mistake that October, just ahead of holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and (gasp!) the New Year, is a month filled with mental health awareness events. Amid all the discussion about psychological wellbeing, it’s a little surprising, though certainly fun, to see social media abuzz with the idea that characters from A.A. […]




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Lexapro and Weed – Are Marijuana and Antidepressants Safe to Mix?

Nearly 13 percent of the people in the United States, aged 12 and older, takes some sort of antidepressant for depression, anxiety or other issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A 2018 study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that almost 15 percent of U.S. adults reported smoking […]




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6 Tips for Overcoming the Guilt and Shame of Addiction: Sobriety, Relapse and Recovery

Whether a person is actively living in recovery, has yet to attempt sobriety or has been sober and recently relapsed, battling the disease of addiction comes with a lot of emotional baggage, most notably guilt and shame. When dealing with guilt vs. shame, it’s important to address these feelings head on so they have less […]




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