Monthly Archives: November 2018

Top eight most dangerous drugs

There are two primary factors which allow us to better understand what makes a drug so dangerous: 1. How much harm it causes to the body and mind. 2. Its risk of addiction. We can further separate harms to the body and mind into short-term and long-term effects. Short-term effects of drug use are the immediate consequences that work against your ...

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The genetics of alcoholism

Alcohol is the #1 drug in the world. It’s consumed everywhere, from places of work to places of worship. But what can be causing alcoholism? And do your genes have something to do with it? Maybe. Genes are passed on by our parents, and some of those genes contain predisposition towards alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcoholism. But just how much ...

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Seven steps to maintain long-term recovery

Long-term sobriety requires personal engagement in your recovery. Real engagement goes beyond just attending meetings or calling your sponsor. Engaged recovery requires that you constantly learn new, concrete skills which support long-term sobriety. When I think of concrete skills that support recovery, several things come to mind. Read more by To...

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How to take a break from alcohol so you’ll actually stick with it

It’s been a while since I quit drinking (a choice I made mostly because alcohol plus a panic disorder and clinical depression either don’t mix at all, or mix all too well), but I still feel awkward sometimes at bars, and experience the occasional craving after a crummy day. Generally, I feel more secure and happier without alcohol – lar...

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What mindfulness for opioid addiction looks like

Chronic pain—or pain that exists every day for at least three months—is a serious problem for Americans, afflicting over 25 million adults, or 11.2% of the population. But the pain, itself, is no longer the only problem. Opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), are used frequently as an antidote to chronic pain, but ...

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