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E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

E-Cigarettes: Are They Better For You Than the Real Deal?

  While restrictions on smoking cigarettes become stricter and stricter, and taxes on them rise across the country, there is an heated debate over the safety and regulation of electronic cigarettes. Many view electronic cigarettes as a helpful cessation tool, or as a safer alternative to smoking the real thing. Although there haven’t been any large-scale conclusive studies, it would seem to make sense that there are less disastrous health effects associated with e-cigarettes than their … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Recovery, Research

A Diet Too Healthy For Your Own Good – Orthorexia

A Diet Too Healthy For Your Own Good – Orthorexia

  In a society that is obsessed with weight and the new health food craze, it’s a small wonder that so many people are eating much healthier. However, some people are plagued with an obsession to be the healthiest and the purest, and to let foods become their identity. They suffer from a condition called orthorexia nervosa, an eating condition where people become fixated on the obsession to eat healthily, to the point where it becomes … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders, Research, Treatment

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

  In May, a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is scheduled to be released, and experts hope that it will recognize video game addiction. Hilarie Cash runs Seattle-based Restart, one of the few rehab centers that treat internet and video-game addiction in North America. According to Cash, “People’s lives completely fall apart, and there are people who die from it.” (CBC News, 2013) Though these extreme cases are a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders

Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

  According to a recent study, fewer teenagers are smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol compared to two years ago. In October, the Washington Department of Health conducted its biannual “Healthy Youth Survey” of students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 from over 1,000 schools across the state. The survey is both anonymous and voluntary and asks a wide range of questions related to overall health, providing invaluable information for communities in the state of Washington. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

The Often Overlooked Benefits of Text Messaging

  Dec 3, 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of text messaging. In 1993, the first SMS (Short Messaging Service) message was sent by 22-year-old engineer Neil Papworth, to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone. It was sent on the hefty Orbitel 901 handset, and simply read “Merry Christmas”. (Isaacson) Good tidings aside, SMS messaging seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. In 2011, Americans sent an estimated 2.3 trillion text messages. It’s hard to fathom the meteoric rise that text messaging and cell phone usage has taken in the past 20 years. It has become embedded in the ways we communicate as a society and recently has become more popular than calling, especially for today’s teenagers. The average American sends 678 texts a month, which averages almost 23 messages … Read entire article »

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Serene With Serenity

Serene With Serenity

  One of my favorite lines concerning serenity is in Step Three, page 41, of the 12&12 that states, “In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.’” Before becoming a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

LeAnn Rimes has Eating Disorder

  Brandi Glanville, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, doesn’t want LeAnn Rimes around her sons.  After Rimes tweeted she was flying out with “my boys” on Nov. 30, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star told ex-husband Eddie Cibrian’s new wife that her sons, Mason, 9 and Jake, 5, are not Rimes’.  “They are my boys, Eddie’s boys and your stepsons . . . for now,” Glanville, 40, tweeted.  But that’s not all she has to say! In an interview with US Weekly in December 2012, Brandi Glanville dished about an incident in which she claims her son was put in danger in LeAnn’s care.  She stated, “LeAnn has a severe eating disorder.  She has a laxative in every purse.  My son, Mason, found one on the floor and thought it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News, Eating disorders

Body Obsession Leads to Diet Pill Abuse

  In our body obsessed, media frenzied culture, I couldn’t think of something more controversial than weight loss methods. So, of course, it came as no surprise to me when I saw the blaring words “Controversial New Diet Pill Hits Market”. Raspberry Ketone is the new weight loss craze, with actual health benefits including improved cholesterol levels, insulin sensitivity, and reduced liver fat. The article states that “one thing people on both sides can agree on is … [it] works”. So, what’s the controversy about it, you ask? Well, according to Norway’s Department of Public Health, 23% of those with a healthy weight that consider themselves overweight are 4x more likely to misuse diet pills in an attempt to lose weight. That really strikes a nerve with me. Throughout my life, I’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders

The Psyche of Reiki

The Psyche of Reiki

  Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a form of spiritual healing using what is known as “universal life energy,” channeled from the practitioner to the patient, to bring harmony to the recipient’s mind, body, and spirit.  Its origins can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Tibet, and the practice was rediscovered and revived in the 19th century by a Tendai Buddhist priest, Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926).  Hawayo Takata, an American of Japanese descent, introduced Reiki … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery, Spirituality

How Activities Help My Sobriety

How Activities Help My Sobriety

  As recovering addicts we often face challenging, imposing lives full of new responsibilities and a scary void of empty time to fill.  While in rehab and addiction treatment programs, my days were structured for me.  At times frustrating, this often all-encompassing mentality of having my time managed by others served me well.  I would not have done nearly half of the requirements or suggested practices learned in classes if I had it my way and … Read entire article »

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