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Sober Activities for Memorial Day Weekend

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: May 31, 2021Updated: May 13, 2021Many 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…

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What Is the Definition of a Gateway Drug?

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: May 15, 2021Updated: June 1, 2021The 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…

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3 Ways to Develop Effective Coping Skills

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: May 10, 2021Updated: May 13, 2021Drug and alcohol addiction causes damage to many aspects of life. It creates turmoil in relationships and makes it hard to do things once loved. That’s why it is so important to develop coping skills for addiction…

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Getting Treatment for Anxiety and Substance Use

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: April 25, 2021Updated: April 27, 2021Just like the chicken and the egg, the conversation about whether anxiety or substance use comes first is ongoing. No one can say whether anxiety leads to substance use or whether substance use furthers a person’s anxiety,…

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Commonly Addictive Opioids

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: April 10, 2021Updated: April 27, 2021Opioid use has become an epidemic in America. Millions of Americans abuse prescription opioids and substances like heroin each year. Thousands of people die each year from opioid overdoses, which comprise almost half of the drug overdoses…

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National Screening Day Offers Help for Alcohol Addiction

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: April 5, 2021Updated: April 27, 2021In 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…

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Highly Addictive Opioids and How to Prevent Addiction

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: March 20, 2021Updated: April 13, 2021Opioids can lead even those who have never used illegal drugs to develop addictions. Therefore, preventing addiction to drugs starts with doctors regulating the use of these opioids. However, they also must encourage their patients with signs…

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How Do World Events Impact Addiction

Added ByThe Willows at Red OakThe Willows at Red OakMeet The Editorial TeamPublished: December 11, 2020Updated: January 29, 2021There 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…