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Mental Illness and Addiction: Exploring the Connection

More and more experts are seeing a lot of overlap between the conditions. In fact, about 9.2 million people in the United States struggle with mental health and addiction, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Unfortunately, despite the growing prevalence of these co-occurring disorders (also known as dual diagnosis or co-morbid…

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Depression and Social Media

Social media can be a great boon to your recovery and help you feel part of an online community. Yet, if you overdo it, your mental health may be negatively impacted. Depression and social media are inextricably linked, according to new research. In fact, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research…

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Do You Need to Reduce Your Smartphone Use?

When do you know it’s time to reduce your smartphone use? Your smartphone may be causing personal, social, and workplace problems – and females are even more susceptible to smartphone addiction, according to a small study by researchers from the Binghamton University-State University of New York. Participants were placed into one of the following types: Thoughtful…

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How to Practice Patience

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, in fact, sobriety is a lifelong process. It takes time to heal your mind, body, and spirit – and being patient with the process will help you slow down and take things in stride. Learning to cultivate patience will also help as you repair relationships and allow friends and family time…

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How to Deal with FOMO

Do you ever experience “FOMO,” or the “Fear of Missing Out”? This phenomenon, defined as ‘‘the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out – that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you’’ – impacts nearly three-quarters of young adults. What is FOMO?…

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Hope for Eating Disorder Recovery

If you or a lady in your life has an eating disorder, you may want to listen up. It is possible to recover – and, in fact, up to two-thirds of women do, according to a small study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The catch: It took more than a decade for…

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Depression and Poor Health

Recent findings from the World Health Organization (WHO) say depression is now the leading cause of illness and disability across the globe. And it’s linked to other disorders and diseases, including substance use disorder, according to WHO. People are wondering, what is the link between depression and poor health. Between 2005 and 2015, the number…

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Can Poor Sleep Quality Lead to Pessimism?

Do you struggle with poor sleep quality? You’re not alone. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults doesn’t get enough sleep. Moreover, the American Sleep Association reports that 50-70% of adults have a sleep disorder. Do you have trouble sleeping and a more difficult time seeing the positive side of things? According to a…

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How to Express Emotions in a Healthy Way

Recovery is a roller coaster of emotions, from frustration to fear to anger to guilt. While it’s certainly not easy, taking control of these often misunderstood emotions is essential for lasting sobriety. According to Time Magazine, if you don’t express your emotions, it can be very bad for your health. Alcohol and drug addiction can…

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Habits That Make You More Stressed Out

Everyone deals with stress and, if left uncontrolled, it can be very damaging to your physical and mental health. There are many stressful habits that can affect your long-term sobriety. In fact, it’s the leading cause of relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Stressful Habits and Mental Health While we’re all likely…