Monthly Archives: August 2021

Consequences of Not Having a Work-Life Balance


Work plays an important part in your lives, not only for the economic resources and benefits, but because work is an essential part of a person’s identity, self-esteem, and self-worth. The more you excel at work, the more you may feel satisfied and self-assured. However, a work-life imbalance leaves you vulnerable to family conflicts, burnout, […]

Gender Differences in Addiction

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Substance use disorder does not discriminate. It can happen to a person of any age, socioeconomic bracket, race, or gender. However, trends in addiction are vastly different between men and women. Significant measurable factors such as the rate of usage, likelihood of developing an addiction, and consequences of substance abuse are all impacted by gender.  […]

An Overview of Stress

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In the course of your daily life, it is normal to experience one or more demands that place mental, physical, and emotional pressure on you. Stress is how the brain responds to danger, obstacles, or demands, and the circumstances that lead to stress are many and varied. Stress is common and impacts each person differently. […]

Chemical Dependency: What Is It and How Is It Different From Addiction?

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The terms addiction and chemical dependency are often used interchangeably, but there is a significant difference between the two. Addiction is classified as a chronic illness that, although treatable, can result in compulsive behaviors. However, chemical dependency is when the body needs a substance to prevent symptoms of withdrawal.  What Causes Chemical Dependency?  Chemical dependency […]

Adapting to a Blended Family

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Blended families are formed when two people start a life together and bring children from previous relationships. Each blended family encounters its own set of problems and requires its own unique solutions because of the complex mix of the members of the blended family.  Adjusting to a new family dynamic can take time, but with […]

Defense Mechanisms

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Defense mechanisms offer protection from stress or anxiety by allowing the individual to adapt to internal conflict and stressors. They circumvent thoughts or situations that are anxiety-inducing. Defense mechanisms, as described by Sigmund Freud, include:     Regression: Regression occurs when a person retreats to behavior that occurred during an earlier developmental period. For example, a person […]

5 Amazing Podcasts About Addiction Recovery

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The Recovery Elevator Paul Churchill’s podcast, The Recovery Elevator, is his unique way of holding himself accountable during his journey to recovery. Paul, an ex-closeted alcoholic, chronicles his recovery to help himself just as much as others. The show features guests that share their experiences and give listeners tips on how to overcome addiction.  The […]

Social Media and Sobriety

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Let’s face it, technology is probably a major part of your everyday life. You probably use one or more social media platforms, the most popular being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok. There are many benefits to using social media, but it can be harmful, especially during the recovery process. No matter where you are […]

Can Coffee Consumption Lead to Caffeine Addiction?

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Caffeine is, by far, the most heavily used drug in the world, with 75% of it being ingested via coffee. In fact, one cup of coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine, with the average US adult drinking about 2 cups per day. Caffeine is generally harmless in moderation, but overconsumption can lead to addiction. […]

Sensory and Physical Changes in Men During Middle Adulthood


Sensory and physical changes in middle adulthood are so gradual that most people are not even aware of them while they are happening. There are several changes that men experience in middle adulthood, ranging from minor to life-changing. Those changes include:   Vision: Vision changes are common in middle adulthood. You may develop vision disorders, including […]