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Growing Up With Co-Occurring Disorders

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The correlation between substance use and mental illness is especially prevalent in the youth population for several reasons. First, at such a young age, a child’s brain is not fully developed. The brain is not considered fully developed until age

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Techniques for Dealing with Cravings

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Substance abuse can have a powerful effect on both the mind and body – they have learned that drug use is “good” because of how dopamine influences addiction. Dopamine is released in your brain to promote the repetition of activities

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The Benefits of Physical Fitness in Recovery

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Self-care may be abandoned when you are struggling with substance use. Physical fitness may be a form of self-care we neglect, as we may not be as concerned with our health as we should. However, many people recovering from substance

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The Myth of Functioning Addiction

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The term “functioning addict” is commonly used, and the idea that drug users can complete everyday tasks is popular and partially true. However, the idea that being a functioning addict is somehow better than being a non-functioning addict or even

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How to Deal with Lifestyle Changes

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Whether the pandemic or recovery has thrown your lifestyle for a loop, finding healthy ways to cope with significant life changes is essential for success. Lifestyle changes can cause anxiety and depression, among other issues. Keeping up a schedule as

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The Science of Breaking Habits

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Sometimes, toxic habits turn into addictions. Casual, social drinking may turn to drinking daily by yourself. Using substances to self-medicate can quickly turn into an addiction. Using drugs floods the brain with dopamine, causing the brain to seek ways to

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Supporting Family Members in Recovery

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There are several ways to support a family member in recovery, even if they cannot commit to formal therapy sessions. Understanding why a family member may have begun to use substances can be very hard. Sometimes, parents feel like they

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How Does Neurofeedback Therapy Work?

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Neurofeedback is the use of electronic instruments to learn more about a person’s body’s physiological functions. This includes the functions of the brain, which is called neurofeedback. The concept is based on neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change and adapt

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