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Does Experimenting with Drugs Cause Addiction?

There comes the point in many young people’s lives that they consider experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Many people who experiment don’t expect to develop a drug addiction. They assume, “it won’t happen to me.” However, even seemingly harmless experimenting can lead to drug addiction. While experimenting with drugs may seem attractive, it poses several…

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How Alcohol Addiction Can Impact Your Mental Health

People with mental illness often have symptoms that are difficult to manage without supportive mental health care. Many people turn to substances, including alcohol, to help them cope with the uncomfortable symptoms of their mental illness. This is called “self-medication.” Addiction to substances is common in people with mental health issues because so many people…

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The Importance of Stress Management for Addiction Recovery

Financial issues, relationship problems, stress at work, healthcare issues—life can be full of stress that makes us want to run away and hide. When stressful situations arise, people often look for ways to escape them. We can cope with stress in a variety of ways. Some of the ways are healthy, adaptive, and effective. Other…