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Holistic Healing – Forest Bathing Washes Away Stress

By Sheree Surdam, Wellness Program Manager At Mountainside, we believe in helping our clients heal mind, body, spirit. To that end, we combine traditional therapies with evidence-based, holistic treatments. In this new “Holistic Healing” column, we will highlight the many effective alternative modalities we use to care for our clients. Show More Summary

SGR Ep115 - Daniel Mills

Daniel Mills is happily married to a wonderful woman and father to an amazing son. He is a veteran of the US. Navy, a firefighter, paramedic, an educator and a critical care flight medic. Daniel became addicted to drugs and alcohol at an early age after growing up in an abusive home and being subjected to mob activity, and sexual abuse. Show More Summary

Winter Blues: How to Recognize and Treat Seasonal Depression

Now that winter has officially settled in, the short, dark days are now also filled with chilling cold and harsh winds. For many, these gloomy winter days can put a damper on their lives. The American Academy of Family Physicians found that 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For … Continued

The Opioid Epidemic from Two Different Viewpoints: The Living and The Dead

Credit: M. Scott Brauer for The New York Times There’s more than one way to tell a story, especially when that story is the opioid epidemic ravaging the nation. STAT, an online publication owned by Boston Globe Media, took a look at the death toll of the opioid crisis by searching Legacy.com and other sources … Continued

The Cat Died “Thing” is Kind of Like How I Got Sober…

I woke up thinking about an assignment I got at the Writers in Paradise Conference three years ago. The assignment was to write a paragraph that began and ended with the words, “the cat died.” We had ten minutes to finish. It was the first time I realized my creativity has limits. Show More Summary

Repeal of Obamacare Could Reduce Coverage for Addiction Treatment

People with addiction and mental health disorders and their treatment providers are worried that repealing the Affordable Care Act could reduce insurance coverage for these disorders, USA Today reports. The post Repeal of Obamacare Could Reduce Coverage for Addiction Treatment appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants Provides No Academic Benefits: Study

A new study adds to the growing body of research indicating that nonmedical use of prescription stimulants for students without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder likely provides no academic benefits. The post Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants Provides No Academic Benefits: Study appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Ignition Interlocks Prevent Deadly Drunk-Driving Accidents

A new study finds ignition interlocks, devices that prevent a person from starting a car if their blood alcohol level is too high, prevents deadly accidents. The post Ignition Interlocks Prevent Deadly Drunk-Driving Accidents appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Fewer People See E-Cigarettes as a Safe Alternative to Smoking Tobacco

The percentage of Americans who view e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco is dropping, a new study suggests. Researchers found 43 percent of those surveyed in 2014 said they thought e-cigarettes were less harmful than...Show More Summary

DEA Administrator Visits China to Discuss Combating Synthetic Drugs Sales

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is visiting China this week to discuss combating sales of synthetic drugs, including fentanyl, CNN reports. Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg will also discuss new psychoactive substances...Show More Summary

Introducing The Adventures of a Sober Señorita

As a blogger who is in recovery for alcoholism, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many amazing writers who are seeking to provide hope and information to others. Today I bring you Kelly Fitzgerald of The Adventures of a Sober Señorita who is sharing her story with us here. Show More Summary

Interview with Neal

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to Neal about how he was doing now that the Risky Drinkingdocumentary has aired. I wanted to know what he had been doing since the film completed until now. He was hesitant to talk to me but not for the reason that you might assume. Show More Summary

Alcohol prevents ability to extinguish fearful memories in mice

If the goal is to ease or extinguish fearful emotional memories like those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol may make things worse, not better, experiments in mice suggest that. Results of their study demonstrate, they say, that alcohol strengthens emotional memories associated with fearful experiences and prevents mice from pushing aside their fears.

You Ask & We Answer

Q. Over the summer I went to the outpatient program to help with an alcohol problem I was having. It went well, and I feel like I am in a really great place now. I have since gone back to work as an elementary teacher, and no one knows about me getting help for my … Continued

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