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The Hurdles Pregnant Women with Addiction Struggles Face

Imagine struggling with addiction and becoming pregnant. You want to seek treatment, but you fear the consequences. If you admit you use drugs, your baby may be taken away, or you may face legal implications. However, if you do not seek treatment, you risk harm to your newborn. Therefore, you are left confused, not knowing . . . . Continue Reading


Suicide Rates Among Teen Girls Reach 40-Year High

  The suicide rate among teen girls is at an all-time high, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   The suicide rate among teen girls reached a 40-year high in 2015, and researchers are not sure the reason behind this rapid increase. Girls are not the only group affected. . . . . Continue Reading


Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Her Battles with Depression and Addiction

  Mary J. Blige, the artist dubbed “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” recently opened up about battling depression and addiction.  Blige has always been pretty open about her struggles. Whether it was her addiction, mental illness or childhood abuse, the singer has not been shy about the obstacles she’s overcome to get to where she is. In . . . . Continue Reading


Social Prescribing is a More Holistic Approach to Wellness

Holistic approaches in healthcare are part of a concept that isn’t so much brand new, but is becoming more and more mainstream. For years the popularity of practices such as yoga, mindfulness and meditation have found their way into being incorporated with science-based medicine for treating a variety of ailments. While research continues to build . . . . Continue Reading


Hayley Williams of Paramore Opens Up About Depression and Anxiety

Whether you’re a Paramore fan or not, you have to give lead singer Hayley Williams props for her candid honesty over the past year. Recently, Paramore released their album After Laughter to critical acclaim and solid album sales. The album is a shift in style from the groups’ pop-punk sound fans were all too familiar with. . . . . Continue Reading


Are You Are Depressed or Just Sad?

As someone who struggles with depression, I’ve struggled to decipher the moments in my life when I was depressed from the moments in my life when I was sad. Therefore, when I read a recent article, it reminded me that this is often a gray area. The clearest way I decipher depression from sadness is . . . . Continue Reading


Alcohol Consumption Falls Among High School Drinkers

In the midst of an opioid epidemic, there is some surprising news happening in high schools throughout the country. Drinking rates are on the decline amongst teens. A recent survey from the CDC found that the incidence of drinking dropped significantly between 1991 and 2015. The self-reported numbers indicated that half of high schoolers in . . . . Continue Reading


Gaslighting: What Is It and What Are the Signs?

Even if you do not know what “gaslighting” is, the chances are high that you have experienced it.  I never knew what gas lighting meant until I read about it, however after learning the definition, I know I’ve experienced gaslighting countless times in various relationships. So what on earth is gaslighting? Gaslighting is defined as . . . . Continue Reading


Florida Senate Unanimously Pass Sober Home Cleanup Bill

On Thursday, the Florida Senate unanimously passed the controversial sober home cleanup bill. The bill would crack down on shady business practices in the drug-treatment industry.  Officially Senate Bill 788, the bill was sponsored by Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth and landed on a special order calendar and passed Thursday evening. The bill would target shady . . . . Continue Reading


Pro Tip: Don’t have a rehab romance. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

You finally made the decision to go to treatment. You arrive, and you’re suddenly surrounded by people who have had a similar experience to you. Finally, people who understand you, and understand your struggle. Soon, you find yourself falling for someone, and it feels just right. After all, maybe this person was the missing piece . . . . Continue Reading