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Gaming Disorder and Fortnite Addiction

In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) added “gaming disorder” to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, claiming that excessive gaming could have negative effects on players’ physical and psychological health, including damaged eyesight and disruptive sleep patterns. What is gaming disorder? According to WHO (2018), gaming disorder is defined in…

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The Importance of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

Proper nutrition is often overlooked in discussions about substance abuse recovery. The focus tends to be on detoxification, therapy, support groups, etc. While all of those things are crucial to recovery, true health cannot be achieved without nutritional balance. Chronic substance use depletes valuable nutrients that optimize our body’s ability to function properly. It also…

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Finding Freedom through Sobriety

Addiction is complicated and affects all aspects of a person’s life. The journey to sobriety is unique for everyone. We are all made up of our own personalities, families, relationships, painful experiences, emotions, physical and mental health conditions and more. These elements that make up who we are will influence the way we perceive ourselves…

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The Connection Between ADHD & Addiction

More than 6 million U.S. children from ages 2 to 17 are currently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also estimates that ⅔ of these children (64 percent) also have other co-occurring mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders (1). According to the National…

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How PTSD can lead to Addiction

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Many people who suffer from an untreated mental health condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),…