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129 Families Share Their Loss on Capitol Hill to Combat Addiction

Last month, 129 families made their way to the U.S. capital to call on Congress to address the opioid crisis. The number 129 was chosen because every day, 129 people die from substance abuse and addiction. These 129 families gathered to tell Congress stories of the loved ones they lost, or nearly lost, to opioid . . . . Continue Reading

Avoid Symptom Switching in Your Eating Disorder Recovery

After nearly three years of being what I considered a “perfect” anorexic, I found myself suddenly stuffing my face with spoonfuls of peanut butter. I knew mentally I was consuming about a hundred calories per swallow. However, I could not stop. The realization came that I had switched from having anorexia to full on binge . . . . Continue Reading

How Much Does Weather Affect Our Mood?

   Rain, Rain go away!  Come again some other day! The past week in South Florida has been a rainy one, and I noticed it had a significant effect on my mood. My energy was lower, and I wanted more than anything to take a nap. All this rainy weather had me wondering how much weather affects . . . . Continue Reading

Why Your Digestive Health is Crucial in Recovery

In the beginning, your main focus in recovery should be staying sober by any means possible. However, once you are more secure in your sobriety, the next step is to focus on your digestive health.  Why? Well, in case you did not already know, drug use severely impacts your digestive health. When you come off those drugs, . . . . Continue Reading

Why You Should Love Being Sensitive

Sensitive people often go to great lengths to hide their inner sensitivity. However, being sensitive does not have to be a bad thing. You do not have to hide behind your emotions anymore.  There are positives to being sensitive that the right people in your life will appreciate. Sensitive people are often the most compassionate . . . . Continue Reading

How Symptoms of PTSD Can Lead To Addiction

Most of us have some idea of what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is. The disorder has been researched for decades, formally known under names like “shell-shock” and “soldier’s heart.” We are aware now that PTSD can affect anyone, regardless of their military background.  PTSD continues to circulate in our society. The illness is common among those in . . . . Continue Reading

PSA Reveals the 9 Truths About Eating Disorders

Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins will soon be starring in a new “dramedy” film about eating disorders titled “To the Bone.” The film is written and directed by Marti Noxon who struggled with eating disorders is her early years. In honor of the first-ever World Eating Disorders Action Day, a PSA was published that raises . . . . Continue Reading

The Connection Between Depression and Alcoholism

Depression and alcoholism together are a destructive combination. Unfortunately, the two are commonly intertwined with one another. Nearly one-quarter of alcohol-dependent men and close to half of alcohol-dependent women also have a concurrent diagnosis of depression.  Researchers wanted to explain the association these two symptoms had with one another. The interesting part about the two . . . . Continue Reading

Is Being a Night Owl All That Bad?

Rise and shine! Oh, the morning time.  How I love thee… Not! I hate to admit it, but I am not a morning person. I wished for so many years that I would become one, but it still has not happened yet. While I may have morning “phases,” I have never been a regular morning . . . . Continue Reading

Antidepressant Use More Than Doubles After Weight-Loss Surgery

A recent Danish study found that gastric bypass patients’ prescription drug use decreased after surgery. However, the use of psychiatric drugs like antidepressants more than doubled. Why could this be? Researchers studied over 9,000 Danish patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, currently the most common weight-loss surgery used today. They examined the prescription drug . . . . Continue Reading