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Veterans and Drug Abuse

Veterans and Drug Abuse Often with Veteran’s Day in November, our thoughts are turned to those valiant man and women who have served our country. These brave individuals have trained, sacrificed, endured and fought for us to maintain the freedoms we enjoy. In...

Is my loved one developing a mental illness?

Is someone you are close with developing behaviors that seem different or worrisome to you? Are they between 18-24 years old (the age at which most mental illnesses manifest)? Recently, the APA (American Psychiatric Association) developed a check list that concerned...

Paranoia

Paranoia Many people with mental health disorders attempt to alleviate their symptoms by taking drugs. One of these disorders is paranoia. Paranoia can be defined as “intense anxious or fearful feelings and thoughts often related to persecution, threat, or...

Fentanyl potency

Fentanyl potency For instance, just between 2015 and 2016, overdose deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled. In fact, in a recent New York Times publication indicated that fentanyl is killing people faster than the HIV epidemic did at its peak in the 1980s. So,...

Family Therapy is Important in Recovery

Family Therapy is Important in Recovery Recovery from addiction often begins on an individual level but is most often improved when families get involved in strengthening and supporting the person in recovery. Addiction is referred to as a “family disease” because it...

Vaping Dangers

Vaping Dangers . However, research is showing that vaping is equally as dangerous to one’s health and may in fact be even more hazardous. Because vaping sends substances straight into the cells of the body, the damage can be very severe. A recent study concerning...

Addiction Habits Similar to Individuals with Obesity

Addiction Habits Similar to Individuals with Obesity A recent Ted talk given by NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D., about brains of people with obesity indicated some interesting findings. Volkow found that just as with addiction, similar changes happen in the brains of...

Benzo Use on the Rise?

Benzo Use on the Rise? A recent article published in the American Journal of Public Health titled, Increasing and Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1996–2013, by Marcus A. BachhuberMD, MSHP, Sean HennessyPharmD, PhD, Chinazo O. CunninghamMD, MS, and Joanna L....

What is Serotonin?

Neurotransmitters, like serotonin, allow us to experience different emotions all throughout the day. Sometimes we feel elated and other times we feel in the dumps. The reason for this has a lot to do with these neurotransmitters. Specifically, dopamine makes you feel...