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Social Networking Sites May Cause Depression

Communication is entirely different today than it was ten years ago. The emergence of social networking sites (SNS) is now pervasive across the globe. Whether used for business or personal communication, there are multiple advantages to the advancement of the internet, such as increasing global connectedness, distance learning, and remote work-from-home opportunities. However, some studies…

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The Five Rules of Recovery: How to Stay Focused on What Is Important During Recovery

According to an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), five specific rules can help those suffering from a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) to focus on their recovery. Understanding that recovery is a lifelong process and following these simple rules can help protect against relapse. Cravings for the substance, whether it be…

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The Relationship Between Distress Tolerance and Alcohol Use: How Dealing with Negative Emotional States May Lead to Alcohol Use Disorder

Distress tolerance is one’s real or perceived ability to withstand emotional distress or negative emotional states. Having low distress tolerance, or an inability to deal with negative emotional states is a risk factor associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Certain professions that deal with traumatic events daily require the development of distress tolerance. For example,…

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How Holiday Depression and Anxiety Relate to Recovery

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 25% of Americans report feeling more depressed during the holiday season. The top reasons for depression during the holidays are due to finances, strained familial relationships, grief, and loneliness. Depression is a direct contributing factor to increased alcohol and drug consumption during the holiday season. Since drinking…

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The Stages of Relapse

Relapse is incredibly common among those struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Educating those in recovery on relapse warning signs is a successful tool to prevent relapse. Recognizing thought and behavior patterns that lead to relapse and developing coping skills to deal with them is a common treatment goal among those in early…