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Depression and Addiction: What is the Connection?

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Depression and Addiction: What is the Connection?
Mood disorders like depression & addiction occur together so frequently that a new term has been coined for it: Dual Diagnosis. The link between these conditions is like a 2-way street. NIDA indicated that people addicted to drugs are roughly twice as likely to have mood disorders.
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Am I a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

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Am I a High-Functioning Alcoholic?
Dealing with an alcoholism disorder begins by evaluating its extent through identified signs. While some people are mild drinkers others are high functioning alcoholics.
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What to Do When Traditional Therapy Is Not Working
Therapy is one of the best ways to deal with stress and depression, but it may not work all the time. Nevertheless, the fact that therapy may not work in some cases does not mean that you are beyond redemption. There are several alternatives to therapy that may help you deal with psychological problems.
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What is Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Treatment is a term that most people don't understand. Knowing your choices when considering treatments is one of the most important things to remember.
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Marijuana and Driving

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We know drinking and driving can cause dangerous scenarios. Read here for newest research on smoking pot and driving.  One thing I found interesting was the following: "Drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana had an additive effect, so that drivers using both substances weaved within lanes even if their blood THC and alcohol concentrations were below the impairment thresholds for each substance alone."
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Curious about Drug Court?

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Tim Woodward of the Idaho Statesman wrote a moving piece this week about his granddaughter who spent 3 years in drug court. Read his experience in an article titled Lessons from three years in drug court.
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Options for managing problem drinking

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Persons coping with mental health issues such as depression, bipolar, and anxiety sometimes use alcohol as a way of coping with symptoms. This obviously can cause problems but it may not always lead to addiction. Even still, a person might recognize that the use of alcohol is becoming problematic, but not see herself as "an alcoholic", and may not meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence. This person might not want to attend AA for a variety of reasons. This article ta...
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One Woman's Experience with Moderation Drinking

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Here's an article from Oprah's magazine about a woman who grew up with an alcoholic father, and eventually found herself not happy with her relationship with alcohol. She started working Moderation Management's program. Here's the link to Moderation Management's home page.
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We all have urges to do things that aren't in our best interest long term, whether that is overeating, refusing to eat, self harm, suicide or alcohol/drug use. Learning to recognize urges as urges (which may be very strong and compelling) but not as mandates or musts, takes a bit of work. One skill that can be helpful is called Disarm. It stands for Destructive Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method.  This is a cognitive behavioral technique that asks us to identify the though...
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Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a great resource for families. It's called Family Check UP and addresses the 5 following topics, providing resources for how to talk with your family about each:  Communication Encouragement Negotiation Setting Limits SupervisionFrom NIDA's website: "These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progressi...
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