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Do Seniors Have Substance Abuse Challenges?

Photo by 910416 © Igor Kharlamov | Dreamstime.com We don’t necessarily think of senior citizens having substance abuse issues, but about 17% are vulnerable to developing a problem because of life changes such as loss of spouse or friends, health restrictions or the changes of identify that retirement brings. Check out this guest blog by

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Is Porn Causing Trouble in Your Relationship?

I can’t tell you how many women I’ve talked with over the last 10 years that have told me some version of “Porn is ruining our relationship,” or “porn caused our divorce.” And, through Covid, with everyone locked up in their homes, this distraction, that can lead to an addictive problem, has only gotten worse.

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How to Use Exercise as a Tool During Addiction Recovery

If you are in treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction, exercise can be an amazing tool for your recovery. Working out can improve your mental health by providing you with an outlet for negative emotions, such as anger, stress, and anxiety. Also, having a new fitness routine can reduce cravings because it gives you

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Women & Addiction: Are Women More At Risk?

By the time I was 15, my mother’s alcohol problem had become severe. My parents’ marriage ended. Divorced, no career skills, she was only able to find a low-paying job. She kept sliding downward financially.  My dad wasn’t great about child support. Evictions, loss of a car, and domestic violence in her new relationship (and

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Women & Addiction: Are Women More At Risk?

By the time I was 15, my mother’s alcohol problem had become severe. Her marriage ended. Divorced, no career skills, she was able to find a low-paying job. She kept sliding financially downward.  My dad wasn’t great about child support. Evictions, loss of car, and domestic violence in her new relationship all contributed to her

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Let’s Take Judgment Out of The Opioid Epidemic

Let’s take judgment about opioids out of the picture and name it for what it really is: a public health crises. People struggling with opioid addiction (or any addiction) are people who need compassion and help, not judgment. “Most people who become addicted [to opioids), like me, do so after a prescription for a painkiller

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Addicted to Screen Time? How Do You Know?

I’m hearing more and more people express loneliness and boredom and I’m seeing more rudeness and snarkiness. We rush to our screens to get rid of the boredom or for the excitement of what’s going on or to NOT FEEL LEFT OUT. And, while there are fun things on FB, Instagram, etc. how are you doing with personal relationships? How’s your stress level? (More screen time can = more stress.)

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Joy Training for the Addictive Brain!

Joy training for the addictive brain? Yes, it’s possible I’m happy to say. I was at my brother Lee’s 12 Step N.A. meeting when he got his 1 year chip. Yeah Lee!!  There were 100 people in the room celebrating each other for their hard work to stay sober from 1 year to 28 years.  It was amazing to see and feel the hope, love and JOY in the room.

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Guest Blog: Bethany Hatton

There are few things in life that are more painful than seeing someone you love go off the rails because of substance abuse. Their family life begins to crumble; their career comes to a screeching halt; and they become emotionally distant, angry or depressed.

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Gambling Addiction: Are Casino’s Creating Addicts?

Casino’s are a place of fun, right? They are if you are a recreational gambler. For gambling addicts they are like the street corner where the heroin user or meth addict meets their dealer. Just like drug dealers, casinos have ways of increasing the desire and dependency of their customers….

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