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5 Signs of Seasonal Depression

Think you might be suffering from seasonal depression? Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), strikes millions of people around the globe. Typically, it begins as the long, colorful days of autumn fade into stark winter. The days become shorter, and you have fewer hours of sunlight to enjoy each day. For many, this is…

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What Causes Teenage Alcohol Abuse?

Many teens cannot fully understand the consequences of drinking. Not because they aren’t smart, but because their brains are still developing, including the capacity for self-reflection and awareness, decision-making, and risk assessment. Their very youth is one of the underlying risk factors for alcohol addiction in teens. If you suspect your teen is abusing alcohol,…

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When Is Residential Treatment Necessary?

Residential addiction treatment is a tried-and-true option for thousands of people in the United States who want to cut ties with their addiction. This treatment is available for a variety of substances, whether alcohol, opioids, stimulants, or any other addictive substance. The benefits of residential treatment are many. If you seek help for your substance…

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What Is the Timeline of Heroin Detox?

Detox is the first step in heroin addiction recovery. Your journey to sobriety cannot begin while there are any remnants of the opiate in your system. Because there is no way to skip your physical withdrawal from the drug, the safest way to purge heroin from your body is in heroin detox treatment. Pennsylvania Adult…

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Could Smoking Marijuana Affect the Brain?

From prescription drugs to illicit drugs, all psychoactive substances can affect the brain’s functioning. These drugs may change mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings, or behavior. Marijuana is no different in that it is a psychoactive drug that directly affects brain function. When the use of marijuana is excessive, it may lead to abuse, resulting in tolerance…

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What Are the Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction?

Addiction to marijuana, officially termed cannabis use disorder, affects about 1 in 10 regular users. Many people discredit the idea of cannabis addiction because it is a drug that people can use medically. Furthermore, it is being legalized in many states. However, thousands of Americans a year require marijuana addiction treatment to break their unhealthy…

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How to Avoid the Dangers of Binge Drinking

The dangers of binge drinking are significant and can include blackouts, reckless behaviors, overspending, liver damage, and other mental and physical health problems. Plus, they can sometimes put you in situations you would have otherwise avoided had alcohol not been a factor. When you find yourself sliding down the slippery slope of binge drinking, you…

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Is Alcohol Detox Necessary for My Teen Before Rehab?

Teen alcohol use is a significant problem in the United States. Nearly one-third of teens throughout the country have taken their first drink before the age of 15. More than 25% of American teenagers drink alcohol regularly, and about half of those drink heavily enough to be considered addicted to alcohol. While these statistics may…