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Why Alcoholics Have Uncontrolled Shakes

Alcohol is pleasurable for people who meet for drinks with friends, but more than 50% of people struggling with alcohol addiction can suffer from “the shakes,” also called tremors, amongst other health issues.  It is critical to understand the effects of these tremors, especially if binge drinking is common or if there is a struggle […]

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The Difference Between an Addiction and a Compulsion

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a complex substance use disorder characterized by positive drug seeking, the continued use of a substance despite the harmful consequences, and changes in the brain that are long-lasting. Addictive substances can include alcohol, drugs, and more. The addiction process creates complex interactions in the brain that […]

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8 Ways Marijuana Causes Problems

One of the addictive substances used most in the U.S. is marijuana. Marijuana can have many short- and long-term health effects on the brain and body. People who smoke marijuana from the cannabis sativa plant do so for a variety of reasons, such as recreational or medicinal use (for managing seizure disorders). Unfortunately, both can […]

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Understanding LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Mental health struggles are unfortunately common in the LGBTQ+ community, for a variety of reasons. People with a gender identity or sexual orientation outside the “norm” face challenges that can take a toll on their mental health.  For example, a shocking number of transgender adults report they have considered suicide.  If you are the loved […]

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What Is Recovery?

When discussing mental health and addiction, part of the conversation is often “recovery.” A person battling a mental health disorder or substance use disorder ultimately has the goal of recovery. What exactly does addiction recovery mean? Substance use disorder recovery is not just abstinence or sobriety.  Recovery is not a cure or a finish line. […]

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What is Mental Wellness?

“Mental wellness” and “mental health” appear to be interchangeable terms but there are some differences to be noted. Mental wellness covers the aspects of a person’s overall positive functioning, whereas mental health pertains to the brain’s health and emotional stability. Mental wellness helps determine the life a person currently leads. What Is Mental Health? Overall […]

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