10 Warning Signs of a High-Functioning Alcoholic

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Although legal for those 21 and older, alcohol is the most widely abused addictive substance in the United States. In fact, 1 in every 12 adults suffers from addiction or dependence on some type of alcohol. Moreover, nearly half of all adults have a family history of alcohol abuse, while 1 in 7 kids live […]

Navigating Relationships in Active Recovery

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If you or someone you love has struggled with addiction, you may know firsthand how difficult it may be to maintain a healthy, loving relationship. It goes without saying that all relationships go through tough times, but addiction can make things that much harder for the addict and the one they’re with. Living with addiction […]

Effective Ways to Overcome Opiate Cravings

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Overdoses are the #1 cause of accidental death in the United States, most stemming directly from opiate use. Considered a public health crisis, drug addiction is uprooting communities, dismantling families and causing many to lose their lives, which could be easily prevented with the right tools and systems to help those struggling reach active sobriety. […]

The Tie Between Addiction and Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States. Over 18% of Americans 18 years and older are affected by some form of anxiety in adulthood. Of those diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, about 20% are also struggling with some form of addiction to alcohol or drugs. These co-occurring conditions significantly […]

The Tie Between Isolation and Substance Use Disorder

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By nature, humans are social creatures. We often thrive in environments that leave us feeling needed, cared for and loved. When social isolation occurs, it can hurt all aspects of our lives. From how we think about our self-worth to how we interact with others, isolation can be detrimental when occurring for long periods. In […]

Understanding the Tie Between Psychological Dependence & Addiction: How to Overcome It

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Addiction is a multifaceted disease that, for most, can cause both psychological and physiological dependence. Recognizing the tie between your addiction and your level and type of dependence on it allows you to understand your triggers and treat them at the source during active and long-term recovery. If we are being honest, everyone’s dependence is […]

5 Signs You May Have Depression

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There is a deep tie between mental health and substance use. Nearly 1/3 of those living with addiction experience depression or depressive episodes at some point in their active addiction struggle. For some, depression is a result of their addiction, while others may have lived with depression before becoming addicted. In the broader sense, about […]

5 Alternatives to Antidepressants

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About 9.5% of Americans 18 and older are diagnosed with depression each year, with women twice as likely to receive a depression diagnosis. Often, one of the leading ways to alleviate depressive symptoms and get you back to feeling like your usual, happy and functional self is with an antidepressant medication prescription. Although helpful for […]

Teen Alcohol Use: Understanding How It Starts

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Alcohol is the most widely abused substance by teenagers. In fact, nearly 75% of students admit to consuming alcohol before they graduate high school. Because it is continually a growing problem parents face, understanding how it starts, including the signs and symptoms of alcohol use, is essential to helping your child avoid consumption. At Miramar […]