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10 Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Suicide

It is sad to lose a child and even more heartbreaking to suicide. As a child develops, it may get difficult for parents to know their feelings and thoughts. Adolescence has its high and low moments. However, a parent may not know when a teen is depressed. It’s essential to learn the possible factors that could cause severe depression to your kid that they contemplate committing suicide.
Here are some tips on how you could avert your child’s thoughts from suicide:

1. Avoid Ignoring Suicide Threats

Do not underestimate early suicidal signs. Teens may indulge in substance abuse or merely isolate themselves from other family members. At times, the teenager issues verbal or written statements declaring their intentions to commit suicide. As a parent, you should take them seriously.

Often, kids mulling over suicide repeatedly inform their guardians and parents about it. Scientific studies reveal that such people don’t intend to kill themselves. Instead, the threats are usually a plea for urgent help and attention.

When your child starts issuing death threats, try to keep cool. Avoid displaying shock or scolding them. Spare some time to tentatively listen to your their concerns as you reassure them of your love and commitment.

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5 Ways to Change Negative Beliefs

Sometimes the enemy within can be much more dangerous than outside forces. In fact, struggling with negative beliefs about yourself makes it all too easy to lapse into self-destructive patterns. That’s why breaking that no-win cycle of low self-esteem — and the bad choices related to it — is the first step to a more peaceful, productive life. Here are a few methods to help you get there.

Consider the Source               

A loving family does not inflict harsh judgment on young children, nor do truly responsible teachers and coaches insult impressionable young people. If you were told you were lazy, unintelligent or homely as a child, remind yourself that those characterizations reflect badly on the adult who said them, rather than on you.

Assignment: Write a letter to a person from your past who damaged your self-esteem. You don’t have to actually send the letter but focus on describing that person’s unrealistic standards or constant judgment. The act of writing the letter will help you understand how those unfair words shaped you.

Remember That “Comparisons are Odious”

It’s a centuries-old saying, but one that still resonates today. Comparing your life or personality to the success of a friend or colleague is one of the surest ways to spiral into self-loathing.

Assignment: Each day, make a note of something positive about yourself. Whether it’s a kindness you did for a co-worker, a new skill you’ve mastered, or even something “vain” like a flattering new hairstyle, it’s important to make note of these good things. Periodically reading this self-positivity journal will help you understand your own self-worth.

Name Your Unhealthy Beliefs

It’s one thing to know in general that a bad self-image will bring you down — and another to identify some specific faults. Once you identify those supposed flaws, you can start to learn how to break that cycle of self-doubt.

AssignmentBelief-restructuring therapy can be an essential tool on your road to well-being. Customized treatment sessions help you identify, then address, these core beliefs about yourself that are weighing you down emotionally.

Interrogate Your Fears

It seems logical that if we have something we dislike about ourselves, then we’d do anything to change it, right? Yet lurking within many of us is the suspicion that what we don’t like is so intrinsic to our personalities that it can’t be changed — or that even if we solve or disprove that one trait, even worse ones will be lurking. Therefore, it’s easier to complain about what we don’t like about ourselves, rather than to do something which might fail.

Assignment: It may seem silly, but the question “What’s the worst that could happen?” is an essential one to ask. Often, naming your fear makes you realize that it’s either unlikely or easily solved. And if you find that this simple, self-directed exercise isn’t doing the trick, there are other options. Professional sessions specially designed to treat anxiety are excellent tools in your quest to banish those negative beliefs and their surrounding fears.

Envision a Brighter Future

Once you do begin to overcome your fear of failure and explode some of those self-doubting myths, it’s time to expand your horizons. If you’ve always told yourself you weren’t creative, for example, what can you now accomplish, after accepting that you might have an artistic bent after all?

Assignment: Now comes the fun part. Brainstorm ways to catch up on what you’ve been missing all those years when you decreed yourself not good enough for a certain pursuit, be it hobby, career or even romance! Make a list of all you’ve been missing and concrete steps you can take to achieve the goals you once believed you weren’t good enough for.

A Way Forward

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Anti-Anxiety Drugs Most Commonly Abused by People Under 30

Did you know the rate of overdose deaths from anti-anxiety drugs alone increased fourfold from 1996 to 2013? And there’s a common misconception that anti-anxiety medication is safe because it’s prescribed by a doctor?

But that’s not always the case.

Let’s take a look at a few anti-anxiety drugs most commonly abused by people under 30.

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Why is Heroin So Addictive? - Pathways Real Life Recovery

Why is Heroin So Addictive?

Heroin is one of the most extremely addictive drugs on the planet, and its use by Americans is rising.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the number of total heroin overdose deaths rose from 2,089 in 2002 to 13,219 in 2016. That’s an increase of 533 percent — a shocking number.

Naturally, the first question that arises from statistics like these is why heroin is so addictive? It’s obvious that those who try the drug have trouble getting off of it almost right away. What’s going on?

Before delving into the science of why heroin is so addictive, let’s first discuss what exactly heroin is.

What is Heroin?                      

Like morphine, OxyContin, codeine, hydrocodone, and methadone, heroin is a drug derived from opium. In fact, heroin actually comes from morphine, which itself comes from the seed pod of the opium poppy. Opium poppies grow naturally in countries like Colombia, Mexico, and Southwest and Southeast Asia.

Heroin is an illegal drug, but it is still readily available and sold on the black market. It generally comes as a brown or white powder, but it may also be distributed as “black tar heroin,” a sticky black substance that is actually black because it is processed improperly and full of impurities.

Heroin is usually injected into the muscles, veins, or beneath the skin, but it can also be sniffed, smoked, or snorted. On the streets, the drug is often called the following:

  • Horse
  • Smack
  • Hell Dust
  • Big H

The Addictiveness of Heroin

Heroin addiction starts almost immediately after someone uses the drug. In fact, just one or two “hits” can set an individual on the road to addiction right away.

That’s because humans already have opioid receptors in the brain, and remember that heroin is a form of an opioid. When someone takes heroin, the drug enters the brain quickly and binds directly to those receptors. This enhances their power many times over to decrease pain and worry. It also slows down breathing and heart rate.

These short-term effects coincide with a rush of euphoria and contentedness in the user, and all of these seemingly positive effects tell the brain and the body that “heroin is great,” setting in motion severe addictive patterns.

For those with depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental disorders or personal struggles, this is a recipe for disaster. As those struggling with addiction to continue to use heroin on a regular basis, the addiction only grows stronger. Any attempts to stop using the drug result in extremely uncomfortable and painful withdrawal symptoms, making it nearly impossible to stop using the drug without professional intervention and help.

Contact Pathways Real Life Recovery Today

Are you or a loved one struggling with heroin abuse? If so, know that you’re not alone. As you can see, becoming addicted to this illicit drug is not something that people usually do by choice. The good news is that by choice, you can choose to kick your heroin addiction and achieve a sober lifestyle.

The only way to completely stop abusing heroin and achieve sobriety is to attend a professional drug rehab center like Pathways Real Life Recovery.

Pathways Real Life Recovery in Utah offers full addiction recovery treatment for individuals who are struggling with heroin addiction, depression, and related mental health issues in Utah. Through intensive counseling and mental health assistance, we can help you or your loved one break through the cycle of shame and guilt in order to dig deep and find the core reasons for your addiction.

Our process of recovery does not abide by a one-size-fits-all approach to care. To the contrary, we work closely with each one of our patients to come up with a personalized program that will meet their unique needs. Your success is our success.

To learn more about the treatment programs that we offer, call us today at 801.895.3006. One of our treatment specialists would be happy to speak with you about your treatment options.

Remember, it’s never too late to get help for heroin addiction. Call today.

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Tips for Overcoming Pornography Addiction - Pathways Real Life

3 Tips for Ending a Pornography Addiction

As with any addiction, the first step towards recovery is an admission that you have a problem. It’s always difficult, and may even be embarrassing or even shaming to acknowledge, but if you find that a compulsive need to access internet pornography and is interfering with your life, then it may be time to seek help. With the right counseling, these self-destructive habits can be replaced by more positive behavior patterns, and fortunately, this advice is now widely available. But there are also practical things you can do to help yourself.

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Steps to Overcoming Pornography Addiction & Signs of Pornography Addiction Utah

Steps to Overcome Pornography Addiction

At a certain point, pornography viewing ceases to be merely a bad habit and becomes an obsessive-compulsive addiction. Those caught in this cycle can recognize the stages in their pornography viewing habits. From the initial sexual thoughts, a feeling of fear and a desire to avoid watching are triggered; despite these feelings, the compulsion to watch pornography is too great, leading to a sense of shame and guilt after watching. While a person trapped in this cycle will vow to never watch pornography again, sexual thoughts recur and lead to another round of this pattern.

If you recognize these symptoms of pornography addiction in yourself, here are the steps you can take to overcome your addiction.

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Surprising Teen Drug Use Statistics

For many teens, the years between exiting high school and entering their early twenties becomes a time of experimentation and rebellion against societal expectations. Often, this experimentation includes the use of drugs and/or other intoxicating substances. But the types of drugs and frequency of usage is changing for today’s college-aged teens. Let’s examine some trends in usage among this group.

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Coping With Seasonal Affective Disorder During the Holidays

It’s normal to feel moody every once in a while. However, not all moodiness should be considered normal. In countries that experience different seasons in a year such as winter, spring, autumn and summer, some people are prone to experiencing moodiness or depression during the same season each and every year.  This type of seasonal depression is commonly known as seasonal affective disorder.

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10 Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Suicide

It is sad to lose a child and even more heartbreaking to suicide. As a child develops, it may get difficult for parents to …

5 Ways to Change Negative Beliefs

Sometimes the enemy within can be much more dangerous than outside forces. In fact, struggling with negative beliefs about …

Anti-Anxiety Drugs Most Commonly Abused by People Under 30

Did you know the rate of overdose deaths from anti-anxiety drugs alone increased fourfold from 1996 to 2013? And there’s …