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grandfather sitting on the couch with his granddaughter and daughter in law, playing chess - lovely multi-racial family - loneliness
Loneliness Is the Enemy of Sobriety In a recent blog entry, we discussed the various ways in which staying single in the early days of recovery can be a good idea. Rushing into a romantic entanglement can add complications to an already challenging situation and is often not the best strategy for maintaining your hard-won...
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cartoon of man with large question mark and exclamation mark by him - marijuana
It is undeniable that society’s attitudes about marijuana (also called cannabis) have been rapidly changing over the last several years. A Shift in Perception As of this writing, 15 states have made cannabis legal for recreational use (we should note that Kansas is not one of these states) and many more have made it legal...
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young adult woman and man looking at laptop together - help
If you love someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder, you already know the ways in which drugs and alcohol can turn a person’s life upside down and make it difficult for them to deal with even the most mundane parts of their day. They are probably underperforming at work or school; they...
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closeup of woman taking a white pill - chronic pain
An Overview It’s more than the occasional headache, a lingering ache from a recent sports injury, or a bit of persistent discomfort. It’s chronic pain—and experts estimate that just over 20% of people struggle with it. That number, which means 1 in every 5 people suffers from chronic pain, is alarming in and of itself....
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concerned young man at home with girlfriend - quarantine
Before the COVID-19 crisis forced many of us to slow down, our lives were extremely busy. There was always another meeting to attend, or an activity to drive the kids to, or lawn work that needed ongoing attention. We talked a lot about how busy we were—complained about it, really. And yet, we didn’t seem...
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ambulance driving through city tunnel at night - overdoses
We can’t overemphasize the potentially catastrophic danger of overdoses. Let us be perfectly clear from the beginning: overdoses require immediate medical intervention. Without that intervention, death is a very real possibility. Even if you survive the overdose, you may suffer severe organ damage or other significant health impacts. Life and Death An overdose is easily...
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handsome middle age man sitting at home thinking - caring
When someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, it is natural to want to help. But sometimes—more often than anyone would like—these efforts to help might seem ineffectual. And exhausting. Addressing Your Feelings and Needs In these cases, you will find yourself feeling frustrated or angry or sad. If those feelings aren’t...
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family enjoying thanksgiving meal together - thanksgiving
The holiday is called Thanksgiving. Seems straightforward enough. It is a day for giving thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. But for many people, the holiday hardly brings up feelings of thankfulness. Our gratitude can get blocked out by the stress of family gatherings, a huge meal to prepare and clean up,...
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couple in therapy session - family systems therapy
Teamwork Consider the five players on a basketball team. On every play—offense or defense—what one player does affects all five players. If you aren’t in position to rebound a missed shot, your team might lose the ball. If you don’t guard the person you are assigned to guard on defense, the other team might get...
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diverse group holding up colorful comment signs - substance use disorder
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” So says Romeo as he considers Juliet—the woman he loves whose family is in constant conflict with his own—in Shakespeare’s play about star-crossed lovers. The young doomed lover is suggesting that it isn’t words or names that...
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