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How to Avoid Holiday Relapse and Stay Sober

The holidays can be a difficult time for those in recovery. So how do you avoid holiday relapse and stay sober? Aside from the many parties scheduled this month, there is often the added stressors of money, work, and family that accompany this time of year. With this said, the risk of relapse iHow to Avoid Holiday Relapse and Stay Soberncreases during the holiday season. This can be particularly worrisome for those who are new to recovery or whose loved ones are in recovery. Though there are many different ways that people relapse, we’ve highlighted some key ones below. Here are some signs to look for if you’re concerned about you or your loved one in recovery. Read more

PTSD and the Hope of NAD Therapy

PTSD and the Hope of NAD Therapy

There are many misconceptions surrounding post traumatic stress disorder symptoms and those who suffer from it. Briefly, I want to explain what are some of the main post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, and clarify some of the biggest myths surrounding PTSD. Then explain how a treatment like NAD Therapy is proving beneficial for PTSD.PTSD and the Hope of NAD Therapy

Someone struggling with PTSD might experience Intrusion. It’s when the brain is flooded with painful or stressful memories of the a tragic event, and you re-experience the event all over again. Another main symptom is hyper-arousal. The sufferer may feel like they can never fully relax or that they’re angry or irritable all the time. Avoiding certain places, people or situations that might trigger remembering the tragic event or evoke those same feelings is also a symptoms. So are negative thoughts or feelings about the world and oneself, and feelings of withdrawal and dissociation.

Negative stigma is still one of the major barriers to those seeking help. Here are some of the top myths surrounding post traumatic stress disorder symptoms and sufferers: Read more

The Neuroscience behind Gratitude and Health

The neuroscience behind gratitude and health: recent studies have concluded that the expression of gratitude can have profound and positive effects on our health.What does it mean to cultivate gratitude in addiction recovery? Practicing gratitude can be a powerful force in our daily life. It’s more than just saying thank you to someone,

A growing body of research shows that gratitude can having amazing physical and psychosocial benefits. If you invest in a negative way os seeing the world, you are going to get a world that is more negative. But if you can find authentic reasons to be thankful and put your attention there, statistics are showing that you will benefit health-wise. But this is not the same as a state of denial, you need to find real things to be thankful for in order to reap the benefits.

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How to Have a Sober Halloween in New Orleans

Can you have a sober Halloween in New Orleans? The answer is yes! Halloween has grown into a holiday that is more than just kids trick-or-treating door-to-door. It has become a holiday for adults often with elaborate parties that involve alcohol and/or drug use. But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to celebrate a sober Halloween while in recovery.Sober Halloween in New Orleans

Here are some local events in New Orleans this Halloween: Read more

Breast Cancer Risk, Alcohol and NAD Therapy

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great time to talk about breast cancer risk, alcohol and NAD therapy. It’s important to remind our readers that there is a strong correlation between drinking and increasing one’s risk of breast cancer. Hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and the numbers are increasing. It’s important for women to know that there are behaviors that can reduce their risk as well as others that increase their risk, one being drinking. Breast Cancer Risk, Alcohol, and NAD Therapy

Research is consistently showing that all alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor, and even wine) increase a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. This is because alcohol can increase the levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol might also increase risk because it damages DNA in cells which can contribute to the development of cancer.

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#MIAW: Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

What’s the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse?What Does Dual Diagnosis Mean? Who’s at risk? What’s the treatment?

Dual Diagnosis: What's the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse? Who's at risk? What's the treatment?A dual diagnosis is when someone has co-existing or co-occurring problems with mental illness and drugs/alcohol. The relationship between substance abuse and mental illness is complex and getting the right treatment can be more complicated than each condition alone. But it is important to know that this is a common problem: many people who struggle with substance abuse also struggle with a mental illness and vice versa.

Who is at risk?

Any one can struggle with co-occurring disorders, but there are people that research has found to be more at risk. For example, military vets or those with physical illnesses are at a higher risk for depression, anxiety, PTSD and have an increased risk for abusing drugs like marijuana, cocaine, opiates, stimulants, and alcohol. And those individuals who suffer with severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia are more at risk for substance abuse. But the numbers are very high for anyone who struggles with a mental illness to also be battling some form of substance abuse. Read more

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