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Sober Activities for Memorial Day Weekend

Many recovering alcoholics find themselves dealing with temptation and risk a relapse when it comes to celebrating the holidays. With drinking being such a socially acceptable activity, it works its way into many holidays, most notably Memorial Day Weekend. When people celebrate the start of summer with beer or wine, many long-term recovering alcoholics or…

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What Is the Definition of a Gateway Drug?

The definition of a gateway drug doesn’t change. However, the substances that experts consider to be gateway drugs are up for debate. Most importantly, though, people need to understand the definition. Understanding the term “gateway drug” can help them make up their own minds about which substances fall in that category. A gateway drug could…

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National Screening Day Offers Help for Alcohol Addiction

In 1999, the first National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) event took place. Over 50,000 people attended the events at 1,500 screening centers across the United States, where they received screening for and advice on alcohol dependence. This event, started by the National Institutes Of Health (NIH), was the beginning of a yearly initiative to raise…

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How Do World Events Impact Addiction

There is no shortage of world events that can potentially lead to trauma. Wars, natural disasters, political upheavals, crashing economies, poverty, and pandemics can trigger various mental health issues that range from anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How do these catastrophic events impact addiction? More importantly, how do those affected by world…