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When you are in pain, the natural response is to find relief from that pain. Some people self-medicate with exercise or other physical activities. Others try to self-medicate with food. The endorphins from exercise are a natural high. Eating food beyond what we need can also release chemicals that are like a reward in our…

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Most of the time, when you choose a path in life, you can easily choose another path at any time. That is rarely the case with addiction, because addiction is a path that requires much effort to leave behind. One of the most difficult paths to leave behind is the path of meth addiction. Not…

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The fact that so many adolescents struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns is fairly well known. The fact that substance use is so prevalent amongst adolescents is not exactly news, either. However, much lesser known is what happens when someone with depression or anxiety also has a substance abuse problem. This is…

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You know you suffer from depression, you know that you also use substances. But did you know that there is a name for this? When you have a mood disorder or other mental health issue and you have a Substance Use Disorder, or SUD, then you have what is called a co-occurring disorder. More Than…

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Dealing with mental health issues is difficult enough, but when you are also trying to maintain sobriety, it can feel like twice the work. When you have co-occurring disorders, such as depression and substance use, it might sometimes feel like you are fighting on two fronts.  That is not a reason to give up the…

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As many as one in five teens suffer from clinical depression. Depression is increasingly common, and left untreated it can lead to serious health issues, up to and including suicidal ideation. However, it can sometimes be difficult for parents or loved ones who are close to the situation to determine if the young person they…

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