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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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7 Unique New Year’s Resolutions to Help You While in Recovery

New Year’s resolutions are never about perfection, but rather making progress. It is difficult for many people to make New Year resolutions and abide by them for 365 days in a year, especially when their resolution concerns changing a habit they are used to or that is addictive. People need to realize that making a New Year’s resolution is only a tip of the iceberg. The whole iceberg emerges when it comes to the implementation of the resolution.

Resolutions are particularly a dilemma for people looking to enter recovery from certain addictions. Drug addiction, habit addiction, and any other forms of addiction defy the very nature of a person’s willingness, motivation, and determination to quit. Addiction does not listen to you when you make that New Year resolution to stop using drugs, drinking alcohol, or even stopping the habit of watching pornography.  The resolution only holds for a while until the discomfort and urge to get back begins.

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The Importance of Gratitude in Recovery

Why are there billionaires who seem so dissatisfied with their lives, and then there are those who live with very little who feel like they have everything they need? The reason is simple,  Gratitude! Gratefulness is a mental attitude completely independent of our circumstances and it can be developed. For those who are recovering from addiction, cultivating this positive outlook helps assure their future success. Having a grateful perception of the world around us can change roadblocks into opportunities — the “bad” into “good”. Out of challenges spring the fountain of growth.

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7 Halloween Activities for Adults in Utah – 2016

Sober Halloween Activities in Utah

Many people drink on Halloween, but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate this holiday. There are plenty of eventful activities taking place here in Utah that you can enjoy, without having to feel the need for intoxication to have a good time. All of them really capture the spirit of Halloween, and you don’t have to wait until 21 to do them, or give them up at any age.

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How to Help an Addict Seek Treatment

 

Addiction is a deceptive by nature and addicts as well as their loved ones often fail to recognize it as the debilitating disease that it is because it lacks the more clearly defined perimeters of diseases such as cancer. It is often easy for everyone involved to dismiss addiction issues as moral failings or personal weaknesses, and addicts frequently lose their sense of self-worth as a result of this type of judgmental reaction. Interactions with friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances involving anger and frustration over the addict’s behavior further erode their self-esteem. 

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How to Help a Friend or Family Member with Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD is a difficult disorder to diagnose and treat. If you have a family member or friend that has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and you’ve decided to help them, here are some tips that can help.

Learn About Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

The best thing you can do is arm yourself with information about Borderline Personality Disorder. Instead of getting into a yelling match, you can find solutions by learning how to speak to them. Understanding the symptoms and how to respond to those with Borderline Personality Disorder can make the experience of engagement a productive one.

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7 Struggles Introverts Have in the Summer

Many people find it difficult to admit they’re introverts, because introverts are often seen as people that don’t like being around other people. However, introverts simply gain energy from time alone; it doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy being with others. Being an introvert can come with some challenges, particularly during the summer months.

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