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Allow Me a Word about May Being Mental Health Month

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When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concerns, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—Risky Business—is a call to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis. May is Mental Health...
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OCT
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 13, 2017

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Study Pokes Holes in Fetal Alcohol Hypothesis A new study published in the journal Brain Behavior and Immunity appears to challenge the theory that cells in the brain’s immune system are the culprit behind the neurological damage that occurs in children exposed to alcohol while in the womb. Learn More   Industry messages on responsible drinking can be muddy The language used in industry-sponsored messages about drinking alcohol, such as “drink responsibly” and “drink properly,” doesn’t do a good job of explaining to the public what safe alcohol consumption means, suggests a recent study. Learn More Your Hangovers Really Are Getting Worse With Age And it's not just your liver falling down on the job. Learn More   Fentanyl Is Now The Leading Cause Of US Overdose Deaths Deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids killed more than 21,000 people in 2016, doubling the previous year's rate, CDC data show. Learn...
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AUG
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Chemically Dependent? You Need to Find Out

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This article is reprinted with permission of Carrier Clinic. Individuals who are physically and mentally dependent on alcohol and/or illicit or prescription drugs are usually unaware that they have a problem or are in denial about it—despite the damage it does to their health, relationships, career, and other facets of their life. If you think that someone you care about may be “chemically dependent,” you should be prepared to get involved. Recovery from addiction is much more successful and sustained when the affected individual has friends and/ or family to provide support, guidance, and encouragement. It takes patience, determination and the ability to set limits to help someone recover from and maintain control over addiction. In addition to the person suffering from an addiction illness, it is also important that families have the education they need, so they too can begin to immerse themselves in the process of change. Chemical Dependency...
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