News: Opioid Addiction Is Reducing US Life Expectancy

From Courthouse News: WASHINGTON (CN) — Deaths from opioid overdoses tripled in the 15 years from 2000 to 2015, according to a study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control. Opioids are natural painkillers, such as morphine and heroin, and prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and Fentanyl, which function as synthetic opiates. Read Entire Article Here

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From NAMI – How to Help Someone in Crisis

This article from NAMI states the several ways you can help someone going through a mental illness crisis. You have to be able to understand  and identify several things, then jump into action. Read Entire Article Here.

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Is Depression a Disease?

The new implications and combinations of symptoms that are implicit of depression has some mental health professionals referring to it as a disease, and they believe that categorizing it as one could help in getting those that suffer from it the right help. Read the entire article here from US News and World Report and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Gene Therapy, A Novel Approach at Treating Alcoholism

Could gene therapy be a viable approach at treating alcoholism? A study suggests that it could be, and they have the data to back it up. Learn more here.

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FDA Approves Reset App to Help Treat Addiction

Pear Therapeutics has developed an app call Reset, designed to be used along with outpatient therapy in treating substance abuse disorders. Read Article Here.

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How Lack of Paid Sick Leave Affects Americans’ Mental Health

Paid sick leave is starting to gain momentum as a social justice issue with important implications for health and wellness. At the moment, only seven states in the United States have mandatory paid sick leave laws, and 15 states have passed preemptive legislation prohibiting localities from passing sick leave. By Traci Pedersen - Read Entire Article Here 

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Britons among most depressed people in Western world

Britons are among the most depressed people in the western world, according to the latest rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD, which analysed data from European health interview survey results and other national survey’s from across the world, put the UK joint-seventh out of 25 countries from Europe and Scandinavia for adults reporting they have depression. Click Here to Learn More

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Navigating the Treacherous Waters Of Anxiety Successfully: Part 1

There are fewer things in life that can be more paralyzing than chronic anxiety. It can rob you of the simplest day to day activities- from making friends, money, memories to generally enjoying life. Anxiety can become so painful and distressing that at times a person will resort to dangerously addictive substances in exchange for some temporary relief. I know, because that is exactly what happened to me, and it affected my life tremendously. ...

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Resources for Educating Loved Ones on Supporting People With Addiction: Organizations

If you have a loved one or colleague who has addictive behaviors or is abusing alcohol or other drugs, you are probably struggling with how to address their addiction. Like many others who have walked this road, you don’t know how to help the person seek treatment, or how to communicate your concerns without angering or alienating them. Click Here for Entire Article 

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Dare to Impress the Right Person

We spend so much of the valuable time in our lives making incredible efforts to be what we think others want us to be, to do and look and act like we think we are supposed to, based on the criteria that the people around us have set for us. I am here today to tell you to stop it. Stop, right now. There is no one more important in this world for you than you. There is nothing that matters most for your happiness and peace of mind that you encourage yourself to do and be and act exactly ...

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