Getting Help for a Loved One with a Gambling Problem


Compulsive gamblers often justify their conduct by arguing that it is a solitary activity. They claim that they gamble by themselves and that they are not hurting anyone when they do gamble. Their families and friends, however, know that the […]

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Man’s Best Friend: Animal-Assisted Therapy


Animal-assisted therapy has progressed well beyond the remarkable world of seeing-eye dogs. Horses, dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals have been enlisted to help mobility-impaired individuals, to sense the onset of illnesses through their enhanced olfactory senses, and now to […]

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Will Rehab Be Covered by My Insurance?


Drug addiction is a public health problem, and health insurance will generally cover at least a portion of the costs associated with rehab. This is true for both private health insurance that an individual might receive through his or her […]

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How to Stop Binge Eating


The advertising tag line “ I bet you can’t eat just one” foreshadowed the growing obesity epidemic that is being fueled by binge eating. Binge eaters will numbly go through an entire bag of potato chips or a box of […]

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Depade Opioid Treatment


Depade is a brand of opiate antagonist that utilizes naltrexone as its main active ingredient to block an individual’s opiate receptors, thus rendering opioid products ineffective. Depade is not itself an opioid. It works by binding to an individual’s opiate […]

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The Psychology of Self Harm


Most people do whatever they can to avoid injury and pain. This makes it difficulty to understand the psychology behind self-harming. Gillian Flynn (author of the novel “Gone Girl” that was turned into a movie starring Ben Affleck), captured much […]

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Endorphins and the Secret of Runner’s High


Sedentary people often have a hard time understanding how intense physical activity can make them feel good. They see runners and other physically active people wincing, gasping for air, and walking slowly and painfully after an exercise session. They cannot […]

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How Long Before Zoloft Kicks In?


As with many antidepressants, a few weeks of regular use will be required before an individual begins to experience the benefits of sertraline (i.e. the generic form of the drug, Zoloft). The actual amount of time required will vary from […]

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How a 5-Minute Meditation Can Change Your Life


The disease that takes over the lives of drug addicts and alcoholics can make them cynical and unreceptive to new ideas. Recovering addicts who can get past that cynicism and who can open their minds to those ideas will find […]

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Martial Arts and Mastering Recovery


Addiction recovery counselors almost universally recommend that recovering addicts and alcoholics adopt a physical exercise program to assist in their attempts to beat addiction. Exercise programs that combine mental and physical training, such as yoga and martial arts, are well-suited […]

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I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

Megan
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