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Dealing With Isolation During Recovery

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, it was believed social distancing and stay at home orders would be a short-lived thing. Sadly, this appears to be an inaccurate assumption. Initially, most states initiated stay at home orders, which were slated to last through the first weeks of April. As time passed and the medical community…

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Social Distancing, Social Media and Sobriety

For the last several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented time of uncertainty and anxiety for people from all parts of the world. What was initially thought to be a virus that would start and end in another country has marched across oceans to settle on virtually every continent and in almost every…

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Alcohol Use and COVID-19

It has been several months now since we first heard the terms coronavirus, novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Since then, COVID-19 has become the main topic of conversation, virtually everywhere we turn. The overwhelming majority of news and social media platforms seem to cover or discuss little else. As more positive cases develop across the United…

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Mental Health and Substance Use

As of the first week of April, only five states here in the United States have not implemented stay at home orders. For some locations, the orders are new, having just gone into effect in recent days. For others, the original orders that went into effect in early to mid-March are about to be extended…

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Sobriety and Social Distancing

In late 2019 many of us heard the word Coronavirus for the first time. Known or called by various names (COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus, Coronavirus, and a few that are not suitable for printing), our world has been bugged by various coronaviruses over the years. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome were…

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Working Through Withdrawal

Picture this. It’s late at night and you are all alone. You were recently fired from your job for not showing up. Your boss warned you that if it happened a third time, he was going to have to let you go. How could you have possibly made it through the day though, with that…

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Get Behind the Neuroscience of Addiction

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (2019), “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences”. Although addiction is not an uncommon word…

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Long Term Effects of Addiction

It should not come as a surprise that each and every day, people die from the effects of chronic addiction to a drug or to alcohol. Regardless of whether the addiction relates to alcohol or drugs, addiction to substances kills thousands of Americans (of all ages) each year and touches millions of lives in some…

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Loving an Alcoholic

An alcoholic’s dependency and addiction do not only impact the individual but the entire family. Typically, a household faced with an alcoholic’s troubles experiences a family illness rather than simply a person’s challenges. Loving an alcoholic is difficult and it can be heartbreaking to watch a loved one battle with their addiction, falling into a…