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4 Ways Volunteering Can Help in Addiction Recovery

If you’re relatively new to recovery and don’t yet feel quite steady, you may not feel like you’re the best person to be helping others. However, volunteering can be a great way to strengthen your recovery. 12-step groups like AA have always recognized this and made volunteering an integral part of their program. Of course,… Continue Reading 4 Ways Volunteering Can Help in Addiction Recovery

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Can You Have a Drinking Problem if You Only Drink on Weekends?

Many people have a “work hard, play hard” attitude toward drinking. They may drink very little or not at all during the week, then binge on the weekends. They often feel like this is a way of relaxing after a hard week. Typically, weekend drinkers don’t think of themselves as having an alcohol use issue.… Continue Reading Can You Have a Drinking Problem if You Only Drink on Weekends?

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The Link Between Arthritis and Depression

One major risk factor for depression is chronic illness, especially illnesses that involve pain. Studies have found that depression is common among people who suffer from arthritis, both rheumatoid arthritis and age-related osteoarthritis. The connection between these conditions is not yet clear, and is likely complex. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects people… Continue Reading The Link Between Arthritis and Depression

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6 Misconceptions About Marijuana

Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states, including Colorado and Nevada, and medical marijuana is now legal in 31 states, including New Mexico. The stigma attached to marijuana is fading and it is becoming more socially acceptable. While preliminary studies have not found significantly more people are using marijuana after it becomes legal, that… Continue Reading 6 Misconceptions About Marijuana

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5 Things You Should Know About Detox

Detoxing is perhaps the most important part of recovery because you have to go through it to even get started. If you’ve struggled with addiction for a while, the prospect of detox can be intimidating. Fear of withdrawal keeps many people trapped in addiction and it’s understandable to be anxious going into it. However, the… Continue Reading 5 Things You Should Know About Detox

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How Do You Know When Your Drinking Has Become a Problem?

Surveys show that more than half of Americans drink regularly. Depending on the survey, between 51 and 73 percent of Americans drink regularly, and that number may be growing, especially among women and minorities. Somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of regular drinkers will develop a serious alcohol use disorder. With drinking so common, it… Continue Reading How Do You Know When Your Drinking Has Become a Problem?

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How to Make Better Decisions, Even if You’re Depressed

One thing most people don’t realize about depression is that people who are depressed typically make worse decisions. Faced with some problem or opportunity, depressed people more often make a choice that will be worse for them in the long run. There are several reasons for this. One reason is that they typically have a… Continue Reading How to Make Better Decisions, Even if You’re Depressed

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How to Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself

Negative beliefs about yourself can cause many problems in your life. They make you prone to developing anxiety and depression, they keep you from taking on new challenges, and they harm your relationships. They may keep you mired in depression, anxiety, or addiction if you believe there’s no way you can get better. Even if… Continue Reading How to Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself

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