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Parenting an Addicted Parent: How Children of Parents With Substance Use Disorders Are Affected

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the most fundamental relationship in a child’s life is between a child and parent or caregiver. Positive parenting behaviors increase closeness between parents and their children, while negative parenting behaviors create distance. Typically, parents make decisions for children when they are young. However, when children…

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Factors of Empowerment: The Importance of Empowering Women in Recovery

According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), empowerment-based interventions can benefit women in recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs). Empowerment involves gaining confidence, particularly in one’s self and one’s life. Although women’s use of drugs and alcohol is statistically less than men, women report more problems with substance use…

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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,…