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How Alcohol Can Impact Depression

Millions of American struggle with alcohol use disorder. However, few understand the complicated relationship between alcohol abuse and the mental health conditions that so often underpin and fuel addiction. Primary among these is depression, and whether diagnosed or not, many individuals struggling with alcohol addiction unknowingly attempt to self-medicate their depression with alcohol. If you…

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Quit Smoking Weed

Marijuana is now legal in many states across the nation. People use it both recreationally and to alleviate various symptoms of medical conditions. However, marijuana use can cross the line into marijuana abuse in some circumstances. If it is causing problems in your life, it may be time to quit smoking weed. Some people who…

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Recognizing the Signs of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant drug that is derived from the leaves of the coca plant. It is commonly used recreationally for its euphoric effects, but regular use can lead to addiction and serious health problems. Recognizing the signs of cocaine abuse is crucial for getting an individual the help they need.…

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What Is Alcohol Dependence?

Alcohol dependence, also known as alcohol use disorder or alcoholism, is a chronic and progressive disease characterized by an individual’s inability to control their consumption of alcohol despite the negative consequences it causes. It is a complex condition that is influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. If you suspect that you…

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Long-Term Effects of Heroin

Heroin use is on the rise in the U.S., in part because of the increase in prescription opioid misuse. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs and has serious physical, mental, and social consequences. It can lead to physical dependence, death from overdose, the transmission of infectious diseases, mental health concerns like depression and…

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How Alcohol Impacts Anxiety

Do you drink to calm your nerves? To wind down after a stressful day? If so, you’re not alone. It’s common for people with anxiety disorders to self-medicate with alcohol. According to many sources, up to a third of people with anxiety disorders also have alcohol use disorders. While drinking alcohol may temporarily relieve anxiety,…

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Long-Term Drug Rehab in California

Drug addiction is a serious condition that requires professional treatment and care. While there are many addiction treatment centers across the country, not all of them offer long-term drug rehab. In many cases, however, this level of care is an essential step in the recovery process because it gives clients the time they need to…