Month: December 2014

Volunteering contributes to the healing process for those in recovery during the holidays

Volunteering is about giving your time and energy free of charge to accomplish a task that truly benefits others. It’s the time of year when most volunteering around the country and around the world is seen the most. Salvation Army bell ringers are outside stores raising funds for the less fortunate, holiday meals are served …

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oxycodone behavioral changes

Study finds oxycodone to cause permanent behavioral changes

A new study has found that even brief use of the opioid oxycodone can lead to lasting behavioral impairments in rats. The team of researchers believes the drug may cause a “cognitive hangover,” leading to enduring changes in brain structure that impact behavioral flexibility and decision-making skills. The study also suggests that the amount of …

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Holiday traveling: Use these cost-saving tips to visit loved ones in treatment

For patients in residential treatment for mental health disorders or addictions, the holiday season will be more difficult. For the patient, being away from home and family in addition to being in treatment, means missing all the usual holiday get-togethers and excitement that goes with them. For the family members, it’s likely that they will …

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7 ways teens can rebuild trustworthiness after treatment

Families can be blindsided from the craziness inflicted by a teen that has been engaging in risky and destructive behaviors. No one is spared within the family unit. Whether the teen had been actively involved in substance abuse, risky and illegal behaviors, wrestling with a mental disorder or all of the above, the end result …

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