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Celebrity Recovery Story: Jada Pinkett Smith Over 20 Years Sober

 Jada Pinkett Smith is, by all means, a celebrity powerhouse, with a long list of incredible accomplishments she has managed to pull off over a long career. One particular victory for the amazing icon is especially impressive, even though it is probably not the most publicized: Jada Pinkett Smith is over 20 years sober! Getting . . . . Continue Reading

My Response to “5 Reasons Why I Might Never Date a Normie Again”

Recently, an article was posted on the popular addiction website The Fix in regards to the addict and normie relationship. The author discussed why she would never date a normie again. The article goes to list five reasons why, but it came down to feeling misunderstood in her relationship. She said that people who have . . . . Continue Reading

Why Women Stay: Understanding Battered Woman Syndrome

The term “battered woman syndrome” applies to any woman who has lived through at least two cycles of abuse from a partner. Often, people are left wondering: why did they stay? However, the reasons are complex and vary from woman to woman. Women in abusive relationships often stay because they are afraid to leave. In . . . . 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

Internet Addiction: Can a Person Be Addicted to Watching YouTube?

A recent study wanted to determine whether or not compulsive YouTube viewing qualifies as an addiction. Admittedly, I am part of the problem. YouTube has played a major role in my life since it first made waves on the internet over a decade ago. Not a week goes back that I do not sift through . . . . Continue Reading

Hepatitis C Cases Increase By Nearly 300% Since 2010

Hepatitis C cases are up nearly 300% since 2010, according to recent reports by the CDC. Despite better testing and treatment methods, hepatitis C cases continue to rise rapidly. Experts suggest this is due to the rise in intravenous drug use. This Friday, May 19, is National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States. This . . . . 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

How To Master & Control Your Emotions Daily

Emotions can either drive you or derail you. Many people struggle to have control over their emotions. However, it is important to understand we do not need to be at the mercy of our emotions. A recent article reviews the book How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, by renowned psychologist Lisa . . . . 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

Six Signs and Symptoms to Observe in Eating Disorders

How to know if someone is anorexic or bulimic and how you can help. Eating disorders affect millions of people year round. The psychological, emotional and physical effects of eating disorders like anorexia, bingeing, bulimia and exercise bulimia are incredibly taxing on a person’s health. It is important to acknowledge the signs and behaviors of . . . . Continue Reading