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The potentially fatal trend of abusing Imodium

A cast study on two fatalities caused by overconsumption of Imodium reveals a recent and strange trend in drug addiction: An increasing number of opioid addicts are resorting to abusing the over-the-counter antidiarrheal medication, with potentially lethal results.   Case report Overdose #1: A 39-year-old man in recovery for opioid addiction stopped using his buprenorphine …

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5 ways coaches can ruin the development of self-esteem

“In the world of sports, winning excuses a multitude of sins,” writes Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D., as he sums up the prevailing negative social stigma of coaching on youth’s psyche. Conversely, the consensus in the clinical community is that the foundations of self-esteem are laid between ages of 6 and 11; the same time when children …

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Dialectical behavioral therapy: An effective tool in treating self-harm

Protect your kids. It’s the fundamental duty of any parent, one that’s practically ingrained from a child’s birth. Look both ways before crossing a street, don’t forget your jacket when its cold out, be careful around matches, always wear your seatbelt: These are among the lessons of childhood we all learned from our parents. But …

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Averting disaster with a voluntary ignition interlock device

You love your son and feel guilty the alcoholic gene runs as long in your family as the mustache of a Kung Fu master. Over the course of junior high you discover he’s got an alcohol abuse problem. You all agree to put him through detox quietly; no rehab for fear the community will alight, …

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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

“Our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. “Simple perception of parental favoritism was enough to undermine [sibling] relationship. “In families with more than one child, every sibling seems to get a label in contrast to every other sibling.” Such are the statistically-backed reflections of science writer Robin Marantz Henig, who’s …

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With a little help from my friends: How friends can help or hinder recovery

Friedrich Nietzsche warned people of the 19th century about the dangers of peer pressure, “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” For a teenager in recovery or treatment for substance abuse, the peer pressure from friends can …

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Fair-weather family: When a support system neglects

There would only be a sharp jolt to the cranium each session and several treatments later, the patient would be normal enough in the family’s eyes; if not, the child could be eschewed from society. This antiquated perspective on mental health treatment from U.S. history still fuels the stigma shadowing mental illness today. Even with …

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