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Should You Take a Break from Social Media Early in Recovery?

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. Research from Hootsuite shows that 88 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 use social media and the average internet user has more than seven social media accounts. [https://blog.hootsuite.com/social-media-statistics-for-social-media-managers/] We use social media to keep up with friends and family, follow…

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5 Reasons People are Afraid to Enter Addiction Treatment

Most people who need help for addiction don’t get it. One study found that fewer than 25 percent of Americans with a substance use disorder get any sort of treatment. [https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/10-percent-us-adults-have-drug-use-disorder-some-point-their-lives] Some of those people lack access to care, either because they live in rural areas or they believe they can’t afford it. However, many…

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What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a major risk factor for developing a substance use disorder. One study found that among people with bipolar disorder, 56 percent developed a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851027/] By comparison, just over eight percent of American adults have a drug or alcohol use disorder. [https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2790/ShortReport-2790.html] Bipolar disorder…

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5 Reasons People Don’t Seek Help for Addiction

It’s an unfortunate reality that most Americans who need treatment for a substance use disorder never get it. There are a number of reasons for this. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the vast majority simply don’t think they need treatment. [https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DR-FFR2-2016/NSDUH-DR-FFR2-2016.htm] Of the 17.7 million American adults who needed…

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5 Healthy Ways to Control Anxiety When You’re Recovering from Addiction

Anxiety is a common problem for people recovering from addiction. One large study of more than 43,000 people found that 17.7 percent of people with substance use disorders also have an anxiety disorder. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921723/] It also appears that in the vast majority of cases, the anxiety disorder comes first and the substance use disorder begins…

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