Stressing and Using

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after someone is exposed to a dangerous and frightening event. With PTSD, the anxiety lingers. The person feels afraid even when there is no reason to. Many people associate PTSD with veterans and war, but it can occur after any frightening event. And many

Love and Romance in Recovery

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There’s nothing like being in a new relationship. The excitement of seeing each other and the mystery and allure of the other person take over. It’s hard to concentrate on anything else, especially when things are going well. But when the romance goes bad, the feelings of rejection and heartbreak are difficult to handle. Now

Florida Rids Its Status as the Pill Mill Capital

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The cost increase of street prescription opiate pills has led addicts to use heroin instead. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said that heroin deaths, which had declined in the state for a decade, went up in 2011. The 18.2 percent increase in heroin deaths coincided with the crackdown on pain clinics in Florida, which

Suicide and Drug Addiction

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Drug addicts commit suicide, some intentionally and some by accident. Although depression is a common characteristic of those who commit suicide, not all addicts who commit suicide are depressed. Addiction itself raises the risk of suicide. With little information about suicide and drug addiction, you or a loved one may be at risk and not

Understanding Mental Illness and Addiction

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Mental Illness and Addiction Mental illness is a growing epidemic in our society today.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 percent of all American adults have a mental illness and nearly half of American adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. The development of mental illness

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

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In many homes across the country, parents, grandparents, and other family members are unknowingly supplying drugs to the teens and young adults who live in or enter their home. They aren’t doing this by selling illegal drugs, but by simply having prescription medications in the house. While most people consider teenage drug use to be

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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While pregnant, a woman must take precautions to ensure the safety and good health of her child. This includes eating healthy, receiving routine medical care and discontinuing the use of substances such as alcohol. When a woman continues to drink through her pregnancy, the alcohol that enters her body also affects the baby. This increases