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Genetic Addiction Tests Convert Prison To Treatment And Rehabilitation: New Hope For DWI Offenders

DWI
“We used to think that our fate was in the stars. Now we know, in large measure, that our fate is in our genes.” ~James Watson (Nobel Laurate) It is 6:30 AM in San Antonio; on a clear sunny day, the alarm goes off, and Mike wakes up still tired but with new hope. Mike D, at 35 years, is...

Do You Know the Difference Between Panic and Anxiety? Understanding the differences can help you seek better care

Difference Between Panic and Anxiety
Anxiety Can Be Our Friend We, as humans, need anxiety. Why? Anxiety is information. It tells us when we must freeze, flee, or fight and mobilizes our body to respond quickly, without thinking. Without anxiety, we would not be able to avoid real threats to our well-being. However, we also feel anxiety about imagined threats that may or may not be...

Embracing Our Solitude

Embracing Our Solitude
The Pandemic of 2020 has forced many of us to maintain social distancing as we determine what it means to be alone and embrace our solitude. Many agree that being alone is an unnatural state. People have an innate tendency to seek out other people because human connection is one of the joys of being human. We connect for safety,...

Toxic Moods

Toxic Moods
We hear a lot about Serenity in recovery programs. For me personally, developing Serenity meant no longer being codependent to four dynamics when they show up around me: Jealousy, spitefulness, moodiness and rudeness. It was no small thing to recover from the tendency to take those vibes personally. In fact, it was hard work. Even still, if I don’t monitor myself, I can get pulled in. Not that I haven’t at times veered...

The Bleakness of Poverty

The Bleakness of Poverty
In our global community, the concept of poverty has varied dependent upon our ideological perspectives. Our perspectives about the causation of poverty are frequently skewed by our relationship to poverty itself. There are many variables that might be the causation of poverty: if we have never fallen unto hard times, if we have never had to live paycheck-to-paycheck, then...

How People In Recovery Maintain a Support System During A Pandemic

Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an especially difficult time for everyone as the contagious nature of the virus has forced people to socially distance and isolate themselves from friends, family and their support groups. The difficulties of isolation are even more pronounced for people recovering from opioid addiction. Recovery is a difficult process and a strong support system is...

Stigma

Stigma
Hey, I have a question for you. Yes you! You know who you are. You're the one who hates. The one who goes around bashing people and spreading the stigma about a disease you know nothing about. You belong to a group that posts on social media terrible opinions about people you have never met. You are the person...

GRANDPARENTS TO THE RESCUE: A GENERATION OF ABANDONED CHILDREN

GRANDPARENTS TO THE RESCUE
Grandparents often play two roles when their children have a substance use illness. One is the role of the “Giving Tree” and the other one I would like to share is a more positive role that they play. Grandparents are often the ones that step in and come to the rescue to save their grandchildren before they become “heroin...

THE PERFECT STORM: THE ONSET OF BURNOUT

THE PERFECT STORM
It has been a year of chaos, confusion, and complete madness. The pandemic is not the only thing to blame for the pandemonium plaguing our global community. For many within the medical community, from the first responders, nurses, physicians, paramedics, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and other essential workers, there has been an increased demand upon their overall performance. The...

Deep and Debilitating Wounds: Neuropsychiatric Disease Among Traumatized Children

Neuropsychiatric
Emotional Trauma and Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) are robust risk factors for adolescent and adult neuropsychiatric disorders. Childhood adversity includes neglect, attachment disorder, physical and emotional trauma, and sexual abuse. Recently, investigators at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas in Austin demonstrated that childhood adversity and maltreatment are, “by far the most reliable predictive factors for adolescent...