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Empowering Women through Trauma Resolution at The Orchid

The Orchid Ideology Trauma can be a result of numerous things. In some cases, trauma is a reaction to a catastrophic critical life-changing event. Many survivors of intense experiences such as a natural disaster or other life-threatening situations struggle with some degree of trauma. Other people who experience trauma are survivors of physical, emotional, verbal . . . . Continue Reading


The Truth About Psychological Trauma and Drug Addiction

The connection between trauma, victimization, and addiction are often overlooked when it comes to treating addiction. However, going to meetings and getting a sponsor is not enough to ensure a full recovery for everyone. For some, it is necessary to address the underlying traumatic reasons for developing and sustaining addiction. Challenges Brought on by Trauma . . . . Continue Reading


Huge Decline in Underage Binge Drinking Across America

A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Abuse  (SAMHSA) reveals that underage drinking rates among young people are declining. Considering we are in the middle of an opioid epidemic, any good news is a breath of fresh air. When the 2010-2012 estimates were compared to the 2012-2014 estimates, 18 . . . . Continue Reading


Mindfulness May Help Patients Taper Off Opioid Use, Study Reveals

Mindfulness, mindfulness, mindfulness: Can we stop talking about mindfulness? No, actually… we can’t. I know it seems like the word mindfulness has suddenly saturated the internet, but the reality is mindfulness has a major impact on our psychological health. In fact, a new study examined the impact practicing had on opioid use, and the results . . . . Continue Reading


Experts Concerned Netflix’s New Film Will ‘Trigger’ Anorexia

Another Netflix original program is stirring controversy. In case you missed the 13 Reasons Why debacle, you now have a second opportunity to voice your opinion. While the show 13 Reasons Why received criticism because many felt it idealized suicide, Netflix’s new film The Bone, have eating disorder experts concerned about its potential to trigger . . . . Continue Reading


Are Hormones Responsible for Your Addiction?

Could hormones be the reason for your addiction? Hormones may influence more than what we think. There is evidence that the hormone progesterone may influence levels of depression, anxiety, and even addiction. If you are currently on birth control or thinking of going off of birth control, you need to read this. Progesterone is a . . . . Continue Reading


What Are the Side-Effects of Suboxone?

Author: Justin Mckibben With such a high rate of opioid abuse across the country, concerning both prescription medications and illicit narcotics, the demand for access to treatment has become paramount to addressing the opioid epidemic. One form of treatment for addiction is based around maintenance medications, using a strategy consistent with the concept of harm . . . . Continue Reading


Sex Addiction: Unraveling Fact from Fiction

Sexuality can be a healthy experience for some, and a tumultuous experience for others. When it comes to sex addiction, there is a lot misunderstood. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) does not classify sex addiction as a real addiction nor is there a clear treatment path. Some would argue sex addiction is not an . . . . Continue Reading


Student Startup SafeSpace Aims to Promote Mental Health Awareness and Treatment

A new mobile app aims to help students who are experiencing mental health issues connect to each other. UC Berkeley students are developing a website and mobile app that will help students connect with other students with similar mental health issues. The startup, called SafeSpace, placed first in the Improving Student Life category of UC . . . . Continue Reading


Are You Thirsty? Here Are 5 Signs of Dehydration

  Are you thirsty? When is the last time you drank a full glass of water? Believe it or not, a lot of us are dehydrated. In fact, 25% of kids and teenagers don’t drink ANY water as part of their fluid intake. A surprising number of adults don’t drink any water either. One study . . . . Continue Reading